Country-wide shutdown strike, sit-in, rallies express solidarity with martyrs of Quetta

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Monday, 18 February 2013

PakKarachiA peaceful shutdown and wheel jam strike was observed in Karachi on Monday on a call from Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen to express solidarity with the sitters-in of Quetta whose protest has entered into second day on Monday.

On a call from Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen hundreds of thousands of Shiites began a country-wide sit-in protest to protest against the Hazara Town Quetta Tragedy.

All major commercial markets, shops and bazaars remained closed and transport did ply on the roads. Many political, religio-political parties and transport and traders organizations had announced their support to the call for strike jointly given by MWM and Shia Ulema Council of Pakistan.

Shia Muslims sits-in paralysed Karachi, disconnected city from upcountry.
Karachi-based Shiites’ sit-in began on Sunday night to express solidarity with the sitters-in of Quetta has entered into second day on Monday. Tens of thousands of Shiites participated in the sit-in being staged to press the federal government to give Quetta under army control and launch an army operation against the terrorists.

“Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, chief of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has appealed to 50 million Shiites not to sit at home and lodge their protest coming out of their houses,” Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, secretary general of the MWM told the protestors at National Highway.

Shia Muslims came out of houses to participate in the sits-in responding positively to the call of Allama Jafri. Whole of Karachi was reverberating with the slogans of Labbaik Ya Mahdi (AS) and Labbaik Ya Hussain (AS). Thousands of women, children, youths and children were seen at the sit-in.

The sits-in at Numaish Chowrangi, Shahrah-e-Pakistan Incholi, Gulshan-e-Maymar Super Highway, National Highway Malir, Natha Khan Goth, Colony Gate, Star Gate, Korangi Industrial Area road, Landhi Babar Market, Steel Town, Nazimabad and North Nazimabad main roads, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, and at other places virtually paralysed the city. Karachi was disconnected from upcountry due to blockade of main highways.

Speaking to the protestors MWM leaders Allama Shaikh Hassan Salahuddin, Maulana Rajab Ali Bangash, Maulana Aqeel Abbas Sadiqi, Maulana Ali Mohammad, Maulana Jafar Raza, Maulana Karimi, Professor Shaista Zaidi and Khanam Zahra Najafi and Allama Nazir Abbas, Jafar Subhani of Shia Ulema Council and Allama Abbas Kumaili of Jafaria Alliance spoke and condemned the callousness of the government.

Shiites protest rallied all out support from almost all the major political parties and big wigs of the country’s politics.

The MWM and other parties demanded of the government to launch an army operation against the notorious takfiri terrorists of the outlawed outfits.
“The countrywide sits-in will be continued till the demands are met altogether,” vowed MWM leader Sadiq Raza Taqvi.

Faizabad Rawalpindi-Islamabad interchange, inter-provincial traffic for Sindh-Punjab-Balochistan provinces was blocked due to sit-in in Kandh-Kot and Jacobabad district. National highway in Hyderabad, Dadu-Moro Bridge, Humayun Road Thul, Tando Allah Yar, Sukkur, Shikarpur were also closed for traffic due to sit-in in almost all big and small cities of Sindh province.

Jhang-Multan Road was blocked due to sit-in Ahmed Pur Sial and Athara Hazari Head Tarimoon. Sits-in were staged at Governor House Lahore, Imamia Colony G T Road Lahore, Chowk Azam Layyah, 7 Block Imam Bargah Khushab-Lahore-Sargodha Road, Chungi Chowk Jam Pur, Gujrawnwala, Ayoob Chowk Jhang City, Niwan Chowk Multan, Bhakkar, and at many other districts of Punjab province.

Sits-in were staged in Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces and also in Parachinar.

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