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Lahore, 10 April 2012: Shia women in Lahore, protesting the current surge in Shia killings across Pakistan, particularly in Gilgit Baltistan, Quetta and Karachi, offered bangles to Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry for their failure to pay attention to the systematic and ongoing Shia genocide in the country at the hands of Jihadi-sectarian Deobandi militants (ASWJ-SSP). The protsters were demanding to arrest and punish SWJ-SSP terrorists including Malik Ishaq, Ahmad Ludhianvi, Aurangzeb Farooqi and others involved in the murder of thousands of Shias in the last few years.
According to Express Tribune, hundreds from the Shia community protested against the killings in Gilgit baltistan outside Lahore Press Club. Organized by the Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM), the speakers called for action to be taken by the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Pakistan’s federal government regarding the G-B incident (massacre of around 100 Shias in Chilas).
Women and children from the Shia community, students from Imamia Students Organizations and students from Gilgit-Baltistan participated in the 3 hours long sit-in, which blocked part of Davis road.
Muhammad Ali Johri was at the protest, grieving for his nephew who was killed on April 2 at Chilas. Johri said his nephew Ruhullah Razvi had left him in Islamabad last week and insisting on traveling to Skardu via road and told his uncle “Everything will be fine, we are all Muslims, no harm will come to me.” Johri said, eye witnesses told him that Ruhullah was stoned and then thrown in the river. The young man’s body was recovered from the river yesterday.
Chanting slogans against government, judiciary and the media, emotionally charged protesters tried to forcibly enter the Lahore Press Club. Speaking to The Express Tribune Sakina Mehdvi from the MWM questioned media silence on the issue. “Why is the media not covering this incident? Has Pakistan become the next Gaza or the next Bahrain?” she asked.
Haider Ali Musavi, Imam of the Mochi Darwaza mosque in Lahore said “The government should ensure that there is an alternative route, instead of the Chilas town.” Musavi added that “there is no sectarian issue in Pakistan, people live peacefully in their neighborhoods, but there is a small group affiliated with an organization which spreads unrest.”
Video Report: Protest in Lahore against Shia killings in Gilgit Baltistan