A message from someone returning from a sit-in in Karachi: Support from the North America and UK
“I just got back from the Dharna at Bilawal House. The amount of police that teamed around the area suggested that there was some sort of manic protest going on within the container-strewn barriers. The policewomen weren’t letting us through, but when we finally made it, the only thing to see was that the road in front of BBQ tonight was filled with women and children in black sitting around a pool of candles. Apart from one man speaking on the stage there was a pall like silence hanging over the group and steadily in unison everyone was beating their chests in solidarity with the protestors in Quetta. Little girls holding big cardboard boxes distributed chicken rolls, Prince biscuits and bottles of water. It’s a powerful day when a small group of silent mourners can terrify a government enough to cut off all networks of communication and barricade themselves in their palaces. There is something special in the air in Karachi tonight, For Goliath can feel David stirring. How unsettling must that be.”
The Prime Minister of Pakistan is currently in Balochistan listening to the people’s demands. The provincial government headed by the Chief Minister has been disbanded, and the Governor will run the government for 90 days on behalf of the President of Pakistan. Actions are planned and ongoing in various North American cities, with people vowing to stay until all the demands of the people in Quetta are met. New York City sit-in is at 200 and growing. Bring blankets and tarp and join them!Look what our people can accomplish peacefully, with patience and faith in Allah.
“Souls March is tentatively planning a vigil in Times Square starting on Thursday at 5pm with a sit-in running through the night and into Friday. Friday morning we would walk to either the Pakistan Consulate or the UN where we would have a Press Conference around 11am to bring greater light to what happened in Quetta and Shia Genocide in Pakistan generally. This would be followed by Juma salaat and then a protest from 2pm-5pm. The hope is that the vigil continues in Times Square that night into the weekend for however long people are willing stay.The plan is to have people sign up in 3 hour increments and the responsibility would fall on each individual who signs up to get someone to replace him/her for the following 3 hour slot. We would call on all US cities to do the same in areas of highest public traffic or their respective Consulates.This plan is tentative because the NYC Hazara community may also be planning something. We are getting in touch with them to coordinate. I will update this group once plans are finalized, hopefully tonight. If not, then tomorrow, inshallah.”Updates:Protests have now spread to over 100 cities in Pakistan, including over 10 cities outside Pakistan. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is currently in Balochistan listening to the people’s demands. The provincial government headed by the Chief Minister has been disbanded, and the Governor shall run the government for 90 days on behalf of President of Pakistan. Actions are planned and ongoing in the following North American cities, with people vowing to stay until all the demands of the people in Quetta are met:NEW YORK CITY – Started 10am Sunday the 13th and currently ongoing at the Pakistan Consulate, 65th Street & 5th Avenue, 70+ people and growing
LOS ANGELES – Protest Sunday 13th 200 plus people showed up. Candle light Vigil going on Pakistan Consulate.
WASHINGTON, DC – Protest at 1pm, Saturday 14th, at Pakistan Consulate
CHICAGO – Event 1: Candlelight Vigil, in front of Daley Plaza, Monday (1/14) thru Thursday (1/17) every day until the Quetta dharna ends, 4:00-6:00 pm CST.
Event 2: Full Protest, Pakistan Chicago Consulate (333 N. Michigan Ave.), Friday (1/18), 2:00-5:00 pm CST
TORONTO – Protest/Sit-in planned for Monday the 14th at 6:30pm in front of Pakistan Consulate General, 7880 Keele Street #14, Vaughan, ON L4K 4G7; Candlelight Vigil to follow protest (candles will be provided)
LONDON, UK – Ongoing sit-in at Pakistan High Commission now in its 2nd day, with 300-400 people present