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Ignored by Pakistani media and civil society: Thousands sit-in against Shia genocide in Pakistan

For the last four days, thousands of Shiite Muslims from twin city of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are participating in the Majls Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) sit-in protest (Dharna) outside the parliament House in protest against the recent massacre of Shia Muslims in Chilas, abduction of Shia passengers in the Chilas massacre, Army crack down against innocent residents of Gilgit, and Shia genocide in Gilgit, Karachi, Parachinar, Quetta, D.I.Khan and other parts of the country. Shias from all walks of life, students, lawyers, teachers, religious scholars etc joined them for a common cause: end to the ongoing and systematic genocide of Shia Muslims in Pakistan at the hands of State-sponsored Jihadi-sectarian outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (aka ASWJ).

The peaceful protest by Pakistan’s most target killed faith group is being almost completely wiped out or misrepresented by Pakistan’s mainstream media. According to a Shia activist, this is how media blackout of Shia Genocide works in Pakistan: Quetta (Ethnic violence against Hazara community), Karachi (target killing), Gilgit Baltistan and Parachinar (International players)!

“Detesting the oppressors and suppressors and to help the oppressed one is part of our creed,” speaking to the sit-in, Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, MWM’s chief said.

He further said that the sit-in would continue as long as all bodies of the martyrs of Chilas Tragedy are not handed over to the heirs for interment, abducted Shias are safely returned, lifting of curfew in Gilgit, arrest and punishing of those involved in Shia massacres in Chilas and other parts of Pakistan, establishment of a durable peace, and elimination of terrorists’ safe-havens.

Allama Ghulam Askari of Punjab chapter said that it is humiliation of humanity that Shia Muslims were alighted from buses and then killed ferociously; their bodies were not identifiable because of torture on their faces.

He said that the government should act fast and arrest the people who killed passengers in Bunardas area near Chilas adding that the lives and properties of Shias across the country should be protected and safeguarded by the state. If the government does not act the people would be forced to come on the roads and demand justice.

Thousands of people are part of the sit-in and they have vowed to continue the protest till their demands are met. Some of their demands are lifting of the curfew in Gilgit city, military action against culprits in Chilas, clarification regarding the actual number of people killed in Chilas and the protection of Shia community members across the country.

The MWM leadership has rejected the request of the city administration and police to wind up their protest camp and not to go ahead with the already announced Friday prayers at the D-Chowk on April 13.

An MQM legislators’ delegation visited the protest camp set up outside the Parliament House, by Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) to mourn the massacre of 16 persons, who were executed on April 03 in Chilas area of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). They were forced to come out of the buses and after confirming that they belonged to Fiqa-e-Jafaria school of thought, they were slaughtered in cold blood.

The camp, established four days back, has been echoing with slogans against Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, who after the gory incident, left for Naudero to please Bhutto family, leaving their people in anarchy and arson.

MWM scholars, including Allama Amin Shaheedi called for lifting the curfew, lamenting movement had been banned in areas where people had lost their dear ones in the tragedy. They also demanded end to the uncalled for search operation in Skardu, Gilgit and some other areas, as they claimed the terrorist elements had their hidings somewhere else. They complained that their protest in Islamabad has entered fourth day, but no government functionary has bothered to visit them.

Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families and MWM activists, MQM MNAs Dr Abdul Qadir Khanzada and Kishwar Zahra, said both Sunni and Shia Muslims lived in complete harmony before and after the creation of Pakistan but a third force always conspired to trigger anarchy across Pakistan by killing people from either sect from time to time. Mutahidda MNAs Abdul Waseem, Syed Asif Hasnain and Zahid Malik, who is the party’s central executive committee member, were also present on the occasion.

They condemned the indifference of the government to the tragic happening and its inability to arrest the killers of innocent people. They were brought out of the buses forcibly. Their identity cards were checked and when it was confirmed that they belonged to a Shia sect, they were most inhumanly shot dead even in front of their mothers, sisters and daughters.

Khanzada said on the direction of party leader Altaf Hussain during the last four days, he visited several Imambargahs in Karachi as a mark of solidarity with Shia Muslims, who were being systematically targeted in Karachi, Quetta, Gilgit-Baltistan and elsewhere. He particularly mentioned that senior lawyers were the target of terrorists in the mega city.

Apprising the visitors of the bloodshed in Gilgit-Baltistan, Allama Nayyer Abbas said that the terrorists, who were being protected by training camps Darail and Tareem, had executed the passengers by stoning them to death, throwing acid on some of them while others were thrown into the nearby river after their hands and legs were tied up with ropes.

He said a mother could not bear his son being slain before her eyes and she died of heart attack then and there. “Those who did not show or hid their ID cards, were massacred after seeing marks of flagellation on their bodies,” he claimed. Outside the protest camp, horrifying images of some of the victims were displayed.

The scholar pointed out that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had himself conceded that training camps for militants existed in certain areas and then questioned why he or the chief minister G-B was hesitant to uproot those sources of bloodshed.

Earlier, Amin Shaheedi castigated the chief minister G-B for what he alleged his complete indifference to the plight of his people. He claimed Rehman Malik had told them after returning from Naudero that the chief minister was unwilling to return to G-B despite the gory incident, as he had some important job to do in the Federal Capital.

He requested the government to increase PIA flights to the affected region and make foolproof security arrangements for those who traveled by road. He said the unpaved Babu Sar road should be macadamised at the earliest, as this route was safe and convenient for passengers.

The Allama complained Islamabad administration was forcing them to pack up and leave D-Chowk for security reasons. “If a camp for missing persons is there for two months now, why should we be singled out. We have sympathies with the affected families,” he said.

Source: ABNA, The News

اسلام آباد پارلیمنٹ کے باہر شہداہ کی یاد میں چراغاں

Salam Shohda-e-Gilgit-Baltistan: Vigil in front of Parliament building in Islamabad to pay tribute to the massacred Shia Muslims of Gilgit Baltistan

Source: Political Shia


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