17 Feb 2015
Karachi : Heirs of Shikarpur Martyrs' Determined as Emphatic March Continues on to Provincial Capital.
As continued repressive tactics,sponsored terrorism and conscious efforts to marginalise Shia muslims in Pakistan ,taking place for over last four decades, show no signs of abating,as there's no significant and serious will on part of the custodians of law and order,despite all that the nation has been through yet,the Shikarpur martyrs' heirs think, enough is enough .
The gut feeling of an ordinary twelver is not any different.
31st January was the gory fateful day when several dozens of their beloved ones ,73 ,to be exact went to offer friday prayers in a central congregation at Lakki Dar area ,only to be ripped apart by powerful bomb blast , that tore several of them beyond recognition.
Shikarpur ,geographically ,close to the border of Balochistan , for past sometimes has saw rapid increase in settlement and mushrooming of takfiri madressahs ,which are being purposedly nurtured here to disturb the area's demography and thought which conventionally favours the love of Ahlul Bayt[as] and sufi saints . Sad though ,but not entirely un-expected ,was the entire episode .
Its worth mentioning that a large number of martyrdoms took place only because no timely treatment was available ,which makes the tragedy even more melancholic ,especially for the kith and kins of those martyred. Some of the mothers still hope to find the loved ones ,missed ,believed martyred .
On a day when the entire Sindh province was in mourning,clad in black , on this sad incident , another horrific tragedy was about to befall ,momineen ,this time KPK was the target .
In an audacious attack , several militants ,in paramilitary /security attires ,stormed the Imamia Masjid in Peshawar , lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire , the praying momineen showed immense resilience and resolute will ,tried their best to protect themselves and hence despite a much stronger attack here only 21 momineen embraced martyrdom.
Rawalpindi incident of Imambargah Abu Mohammad ofcourse ,is also not to be forgotten , six momineen embraced martyrdom there.
In urban centres like the megapolis of Karachi ,every other day there is some incident of targetted martyrdom of momineen recorded ,all these incidents ofcourse add to the collective and increased ,sense of alienation in the Shia muslim community ,which from the very onset has remained the single most vibrant community in Pakistan whose services are un-matched not just to Pakistan but in the entire muslim history.
Who can forget images and video grabs where Shia muslims have been lined up and shot /stoned to martyrdom like the Chilas incident .
Heirs' of martyrs of Shikarpur's are marching , the incident ,ofcourse at Shikarpur becomes the rallying point ,but there 's a long shared memory too ,so when these glorified families announced their struggle and decision to march on to the provincial capital in a much anticipated decision , the idea has been wholeheartedly welcomed by every one - much the same way when in 2013 families of Quetta martyrs announced their protest and every one followed their commands.
It has been learnt that the march participants accompanied by elderlies as well as children are likely to reach karachi tomorrow i.e Tuesday anytime after 4pm and along the super-high way reception camps are being established to welcome alongside Shahrah-e-Pakistan and light vigils are being held .
Ladies of the locality moments ago gathered in a show of solidarity here near Ancholi Block 20 , with the oppressed families of our glorious martyrs.
The participants of march have been protesting against the proscribed organizations and their collaborators and supporters within the state fabric ,with whose connivance every other day there 's some tragedy orchestrated against momineen in Pakistan .
The procession is likely to visit CM house enroute Shahrah-e-Pakistan where sit-in is being planned and overwhelming participation of conscientious and free-thinking is expected to express solidarity with the dignified families ,against continued oppression of shia muslims in Pakistan..