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Souls March: Thousands of Shia and Sunni Muslims march in New York against Shia genocide in Pakistan


NEW YORK — More than 2,000 Shiite and Sunni Muslims along with Christians, Jews and other communities marched in the streets of New York to voice their anger at the Pakistani government and the military for what they called a “genocide” of Shia Muslims in Pakistan. World Shia forum salutes the families that came out for the support of their fellow humans despite the pouring rain and freezing temperatures. It cannot be underscored that it is very very difficult with young children to stand outside in pouring rain and make the 2 mile trek from the UN building to the Pakistan Consulate.

Popular chants:

One two three four / Shia killing no more

Injustice unjustified / Stop Shia Genocide

Evil, Devil and Shaitan / Sipah Sahaba Taliban

Killers of every Insaan / Sipah Sahaba Taliban

Enemies of Pakistan / Sipah Sahaba Taliban

Soorat Gundi Seerat Gundi / Takfiri Deobandi

Lanat Lanat Ber Shaitan / Sipah Sahaba Taliban

Bud ter bud ter az haiwan / Sipah Sahaba Taliban

سپاہ صحابہ اور طالبان ایک ہی تنظیم کے دو نام ہیں اس لیے ان کو سپاہ صحابہ طالبان (ایس ایس ٹی ) کہا جائے

وہابی اہلحدیث ہمارے بھائی ہیں دیوبندی و بریلوی ہمارے بھائی ہیں یہ تکفیری دیوبندی ہیں جو سنی شیعہ دونوں کے دشمن ہیں

سپاہ صحابہ طالبان کےتکفیری دیوبندی کسی فرقے کے نمائندہ نہیں انہوں نے سنی شیعہ دیوبندی وہابی احمدی سب کا قتل کیا ہے

معروف امریکی دانشور نوم چومسکی نے سعودی حمایت یافتہ تکفیری دیوبندی دہشت گردوں کے ہاتھوں شیعہ نسل کشی کی مذمت کی ہے

نیو یارک میں اقوام متحدہ کے سامنے ہزاروں لوگ پاکستان میں تکفیری دیوبندی کے ہاتھوں شیعہ نسل کشی کے خلاف احتجاج کر رہے ہیں

#SoulsMarch NOW in front of the UN building where, one day, General Kayani, Mullah Umar & Ludhianvi will be tried for #ShiaGenocide

Thousands of Shia, Sunni, Jew, Christian, Hindu united in New York to condemn #ShiaGenocide by Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST)

This is the power of reverse lobbying. Noam Chomsky is often used by Saudi lobby for propaganda purposes. Now he condemns #ShiaGenocide!

It’s not the US which is enemy of Shia & Sunni. It’s the Saudi lobbyists in US who are vicious. US and West are not our enemies.

#SoulsMarch is a clear message that U.S. and West belong to all human beings. Down with Saudi lobbyists in Washington D.C.

#SoulsMarch is a referendum by thousands of people against Sipah Sahaba Taliban. Say No to #TakfiriDeobandi terrorists.

The demonstration was named Souls March to pay homage to an estimated 20,000 Shia Muslims killed in Pakistan by Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST). In addition to 20,00 Shia Muslims, thousands of moderate Sunnis and hundreds of Ahmadis, Christians and other individuals have been killed by Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban, some of who are alleged to enjoy the support of Pakistan army for Jihadist operations in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

“This demonstration is to condemn the violence of the Sipah Sahaba, Taliban, Al-Qaeda and all these extremists in Islam,” said one 21-year-old US protester of Pakistani descent, who would only give his name as Komal. “They are killing both Shia and Sunni; they are not considered Muslims, because they are doing what the Koran is against,” he said.

Protesters carried signs remembering loved ones who are victims of the slaughter — victims that organizers say are the cream of Pakistani society — including doctors, engineers, teachers, musicians, businesspersons and clergy.

The protest has been endorsed by over a hundred academics and scholars including Noam Chomsky and Raza Aslan.

Demonstrators carried signs bearing slogans such as “Stop the violence. We are people of peace”, “Enemies of Pakistan, Sipah Sahaba Taliban”, “Down with Takfiri Deobandi terrorists”, “Sunni Shia Unity against Sipah Sahaba Taliban”, “Stop Shia Genocide”, “General Kayani, Stop your Jihadist proxies”, and “Pakistani Shia have the right to live.”

Protest organizers also stated that they are looking for signatures on petitions, which will be handed over to Permanent Pakistani Representative to the UN Masood Khan to demand direct action from Islamabad.

“Hopefully, the Pakistani government will hear us. We have not got the response that we should have. That is why all of us have gathered… to protest,” a female protester said.

“We are hoping to get as many signatures as we can. We want the awareness to be out. We want people to know what we are out for,” said another demonstrator.

Shiites, a minority in Sunni-dominated Pakistan, account for around 20 percent of the country’s 167-million-strong population. Majority of Sunni Muslims in Pakistan belong to Sunni Barelvi school. Deobandi, the more intolerant sub-sect of Sunni Muslims in Pakistan, constitute a minority sub-sect and are responsible for at least 90% of all terrorist activities in Pakistan. Sipah Sahaba and Taliban are two main groups, with overlapping membership, responsible for Shia genocide and Sunni Barelvi killings in Pakistan. Sipah Sahaba Taliban is an almost entirely Deobandi phenomenon.

Nationwide, death toll due to anti-Shia and anti-Sufi Barelvi attacks by Takfiri Deobandi militants is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people since the late 1990s. Shias living in Kurram tribal region have been facing a humanitarian crisis since November 2007, when the pro-Taliban Deobandi groups cut off the area from the rest of the country. Shias of Karachi, Quetta, D.I.Khan and Gilgit Baltistan too are facing a genocide like situation.

Last month, a bomb attack claimed by the Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST) on a Shiite Muslim procession killed eight and wounded 30 others in northwest Pakistan (D.I.Khan), as the community marked their holiest day of Ashura. The blast followed another suicide attack — also claimed by the Pakistani Taliban — that killed 23 people at a Shiite procession in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the country’s deadliest bombing for five months. In 2012 alone, at least 450 Shia Muslims of all ethnic backgrounds (Punjabi, Muhajir, Hazara, Pashtun, Saraiki etc) have been killed by Sipah Sahaba Taliban.

The protesters referred to Human Rights Watch and HRCP’s statements and demanded an investigation into charges of collusion between Deobandi militant groups and paramilitary groups in Pakistan. One protester was careful to note — however — that the conflict is not one between Sunni and Shia Muslims — and that the two groups have far more in common than not. He noted that Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban were killing both Shia and Sunni in Pakistan.

A press release issued by the Consulate of Pakistan expressed solidarity with the Shia community and said that protecting and promoting the fundamental rights of all citizens of Pakistan regardless of their religion or ethnicity was a sacred mission of the democratically elected Government of Pakistan. The embassy also assured the protesters that the petition of the “10,000 Souls March” would be transmitted to the concerned authorities in the country.

On December 7th 2012, about 4000 people from all over the country staged a protest in front of United Nations in New York City. The temperature was in 30’s-40’s and it was raining but that was not enough to keep these people from coming out of their homes with their wife, childern, elders, to stand up against injustice and genocide Shia muslims are facing in Pakistan, Iraq, Burma and most of the world. What’s worse is that the government of Pakistan is pretending like nothing is happening. Over 10,000 SHIA’S have been killed in Pakistan and numbers are increasing EVERY DAY, I mean EVERY DAY. Where is human rights? What is the government doing? What is the UN doing? Nothing!!
Yesterday over 4000 people stood up in NYC, to make SOMEONE hear the screams and cries of innocent people being killed and the screams and cries of the families which are left behind. After the loss of their loved ones, these families now face another blow, hunger. Who is going to put food on the table for them when the person who did has been killed? When the government can’t protect people then atleast take care of the ones left behind.

A petition was delivered to Pakistan Embassy as well, urging them to take action. More than from our CORRUPT, GREEDY, MURDERER AND CRUEL GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN, We HOPE THAT UN, AND OTHER PEACE LOVING GOVERNMENTS WILL HELP US and will pressure Pakistan to take action. We urge people to help save lives of hundreds being killed in Pakistan everyday. The killers are first and foremost GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN, PRESIDENT ASIF ALI ZARDARI, THE ISI (PAKISTAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY) AND THEN THE TALIBANS, physical force being used. Please raise your voices FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY.


Who are the Shia’s being targeted and killed?
Over 1300 years ago a man by the name is Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stood up against the tyrant of the time Yazid. Hussein stood up for equal rights, justice, prosperity and humanity against Yazid who was a very cruel ruler. Hussein was facing an army of over 100,000 against his army of under 50 people which included women of his family and the kids, youngest being only 6 months old, Ali Asghar, who was martyred by a Yazidi solider called Shimir. Shimir used an arrow which was used to kill camels to martyr 6 month old Ali Asghar. This is how cruel Yazidi force was. Hussein knew that his family would be killed and he chose to make that sacrifice which brought revolution in Arabia and an end to Yazid’s rule. Hussein stood not for himself but for other, for humanity, for justice, for equality and for other people. SHIA’S ARE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW HUSSEIN, SHIA’S ARE THE ONES WHO STOOD WITH HUSSEIN AGAINST YAZID. Over 1300 years ago yazidi’s tried to exterminate all Shia’s and since then the killing has not stopped.

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