Police cracks down Civil Society anti-takfiri protestors near CM House Karachi

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Published in Pakistan
Friday, 06 February 2015

Karachi’s Frere Police launched a crackdown on the peaceful protestors belonging to Civil Society for their anti-takfiri sit-in near Sindh Chief Minister’s CM House on Thursday evening. After hours-long detention, they were released later in the night.


They had objected to the official security and protocol for the banned Deobandi takfiri terrorist outfit ASWJ’s leaders and staged a sit-in some days ago. The government assured them that the official security would be withdrawn. The Civil Society also demanded that there must be no activity of the banned Deobandi takfiri ASWJ and government bowed to this demand as well.

However, Deobandi takfiri ringleader Aurangzeb Farooqi of the outlawed ASWJ (Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) was allowed to stage a rally on February where takfiri fanatics raised provocative takfiri slogans and disseminate hatred against Shia Muslims.

Civil Society’s activists had earlier warned that they would resume their sit-in if the banned Deobandi takfiri terrorist outfit’s Aurangzeb Farooqi staged rally and they kept their words.

This time, they staged sit-in on the other side of CM House near Karachi Club unlike the previous venue that was near PIDC/ex-Sheraton Hotel. Their protest angered police authorities because the area was declared Red Zone so they took them into custody by whisking them away and bundling into mobiles. They were detained at Frere Police Station and Clifton Police Station.

Later, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah ordered police to release all the protestors. In the meantime, comrades of the protestors staged a demonstration outside Frere Police Station.

After release, one of the detainee activists namely Jibran Nasir restated his 15-day ultimatum to authorities wherein he called on the government to take action against banned (Deobandi takfiri) organisations, including the Sipah-e-Sahaba that now claims itself to be Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), but Sunni Bralevis have also warned the Deobandi takfiris not to use this name for them.

Earlier, police had said that once family members of activists, detained for violating the Red Zone, filed an undertaking they would be released. Following that announcement, parents and relatives of several activists reached Frere Town Police Station, where most of the activists were being held.

Nasir, along with fellow protesters Khurram Zaki and Shahryar Naqvi, who were leading the protest, have denied violating the red zone.

Of the activists taken into custody, four were being held at the Defence Police Station, and two at the Women’s Police Station on Shahrah e Faisal.

While Nasir and other activists were being held inside, up to 200 civil society members and activists gathered outside the Frere Town police station where they chanted slogans in favour of the activists and demanded their release. “We are ready to stand in front of the barrier until our comrades come out,” said one of the protesters.

Allama Sadiq Taqvi also joined the protesters outside the Frere Town police station. He clarified that he had come to show support as a Pakistani and not because he was a member of a religious group. “We are against terrorists.”

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