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Pakistani civil society should break silence against ongoing terrorist attacks on Shias

Relatives of the victims comfort each other at PIMS Hospital in Islamabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

Relatives of the victims comfort each other at PIMS Hospital in Islamabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

Yet another terrorist attack in the last two weeks depicts the misfortune of the Pakistani citizens, especially Shias who are continuously facing these threats on their religious gatherings and places of worship. The timing and the will of the latest attack on Qasr-e-Sakina in Islamabad Imam Bargah today prove that the terrorists and religious extremists have mounted such attacks on minorities in an effort to dismantle the already developed national momentum and understanding for concrete action against all those who  dare challenge the writ of the state.

Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom firmly condemns such attacks and appeals to the civil society for standing up against terrorists to save the country. Such attacks must further strengthen the resolve and determination of the general public to fight terrorism with vigour and enthusiasm. Pakistani citizens have already done the utmost for cleansing the country off religious extremism, sectarianism, terrorism and militancy.

The Government of Pakistan must take bold and decisive action against all forms of terrorism, their sympathisers, foreign and international financiers and revamping the curriculum of the seminaries for better Pakistan.
The mainstream political leaders and parties, glorifying terrorism in the guise of Jihad must be taken into task and tried in the Special Trial Courts.

Joint Protest outside Pakistan High Commission London against killings of Pakistani Shias

Hazara United Movement (HUM) and the Hazara International Forum of Great Britain jointly held a protest in front of Pakistani High Commission in London on 16-02-2015 to express solidarity with the minorities of Pakistan especially raising voice against the ongoing terrorist attacks on religious gatherings of Pakistani Shias. The protest started at 12:00 noon which continued till 3:00 PM. Despite harsh weather conditions, the protesters of all walks of life and mainstream Pakistani political strata braved the cold and rainy weather and protested for three consecutive hours. The representatives of the United Muslim Organisation, the UK Chapter of the Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) with its UK and Europe Secretary and other members also braced the occasion with their presence. While Shia ulemas also showed up to support the cause. The protesters displayed placards with inscriptions which read
33 security and intelligence agencies bigger then the size of Pakistan army but still terrorism?,
Saudi-funded seminaries should be closed down,
Implement National Action Plan without any delay,
Expedite the Death Sentencing of terrorists and religious extremists
The way to heaven is not from Pakistan,
Killings innocents shall never allure the virgins of heaven,
Extremisms + Terrorism = Pakistani seminaries

At the end of the protest, a Petition was handed over to the Pakistan High Commission who promised to relay it to the Government of Pakistan while conveying the retrospective response of its government to the Organisers soon.

Please click on the following links to read the news coverage of the protest.

Mohamed Walji
Press TV, London

The perpetual killings of the Shia community in Pakistan has caused anger, and sparked protest outside the Pakistani High Commission in London this week.

The number of Shia Muslims killed in Pakistan has been rising. A recent attack took place during Friday prayers at a mosque in Peshawar that saw the deaths of at least 20 people and those here today are saying enough is enough.
Those in attendance were calling for the international community to take action.

Central to the protest was the anger placed on the Pakistani Government. A petition handed to the countries High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas concluded the complicity of government officials could not be ruled out. Especially when the intelligence and security agencies in Pakistan are larger than the nations army itself thus making it unlikely they would completely fail to stop such attacks happening.

The protest organizers said they will continue to fight until the bloodshed of innocent people in Pakistan ends.HUM + HIF Protest (16-02-2015)
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Static Protest in front of Pakistani High Commission London

File Picture

File Picture

Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom have decided to jointly hold a static protest against the relentless terrorist attacks on Pakistani Shias which have, so far, killed over 85 innocent people and injuring hundreds of others. The protest will take place in front of the Pakistani High Commission in London. The details of the programmes are as under:

Date: 16-02-2015 

Venue: Pakistani High Commission, London, 34-36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN 
              (Nearest Tube Station ~ Piccadilly Line) 

Time: 12:00 Noon to 15:00 Hours

Contact: Haji Agha Marzooq Ali
                (Chairman – Hazara International Forum of Great Britain – 07746 872 535)

                Liaquat Ali Hazara
                (Chairman – Hazara United Movement (HUM), UK – 07435 523 821)

Please participate in large numbers to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Pakistan.

Incessant attacks on Pakistani Shias speak volumes of government’s complicity.

Pakistani security personnel inspect the mosque following the attack. A Majeed/AFP / Getty Images

Pakistani security personnel inspect the mosque following the attack. A Majeed/AFP / Getty Images

Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom is particularly saddened at this crucial time when the Pakistani Government is using delaying tactics in implementing the National Action Plan which could, otherwise, minimize such attacks.  The recent attacks on Shia worshippers in Friday congregations display the sheer negligence and apathy of the federal and provincial governments in thwarting such heinous crimes. It seems that the Pakistani government is siding with religious extremists and terrorists who can successfully execute such actions at will.

The Pakistani religious schools and seminaries, which are mostly funded by Arab countries; have become the epicentre of spreading hatred, harbouring and producing religious fanatics and defaming Islam. The government must take stern action against those madrasas which are involved in carrying out such terrorist attacks. After thorough investigation, the Saudi-funded seminaries, glorifying and promoting terrorism, on the pretext of Jihad, should be closed down permanently while their proprietors should be prosecuted. The Pakistani seminaries, which only promote the orthodox and wayward Wahabi views; must be taken into task for creating such chaotic law and order situation in the country.

Pakistan’s all-time powerful cadre, in the corridors of powers, must decide as to how long more they intend to burn the country and justify the killings of innocent people just due to the difference of opinion, creed, race, faith and religious belief. This is the fundamental responsibility of the government to ensure all citizens are protected from such menaces.

The government should implement the National Action Plan without any further delay and those responsible for harbouring, promoting and financing terrorist activities, should be prosecuted in order to rid the country of bigots and religious extremists.

Government of Pakistan should shun duplicity in dealing with terrorism in Pakistan

Shikarpur (File Photo)

Shikarpur (File Photo)

Another major and mysterious incident of bomb explosion in Lakhi Dur Imam Bargah at Shikarpur, Sindh echoes high volumes of complicity of the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan for facilitating such explosions at a religious congregation which could have been avoided provided the Government of Pakistan had made sincere efforts to thwart it.

The incident, which engulfed the lives of 62 innocent worshippers and leaving scores other injured, took place on the day when the Pakistani Prime Minister was already in Karachi to offer his condolences to the Muthahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for its slain leader, Suhail Ahmed whose body was discovered earlier in the day from Maaripur area of Karachi city. The Pakistani Premier, instead of visiting the incident scene at Shikarpur; contended in releasing a rote condemnation statement which merely depicts non-serious attitude of the Pakistani Government in dealing with extremism including religious extremism unequivocally.

Earlier last month, the mainstream political parties of Pakistan and the federal government expressed their firm resolute in dealing with terrorism across Pakistan, however, the banned religious and extremist outfits are still executing their activities while their statements are being published in the electronic and print media with sheer impunity to the 21st constitutional amendment.

This is high time that the mainstream political parties of Pakistan and the federal government drew its explicit strategy in rooting out the menace of terrorism and religious extremism from the country without marginalization of the minority communities.

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