Religious parties hold protest
ISLAMABAD, Nov 19: Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia staged a protest against the killing of students belonging to Ahsan-ul-Uloom, in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Karachi, ten days back.
The demonstration was held on Monday at D-Chowk and the speakers denounced media for not giving coverage to the deceased, the way coverage was given to Malala incident.
The demonstration was held jointly by Wafaq ul Madaris al Arabia and Jamiat – Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (JASWJ).
The little known group JASWJ is a cluster of 15 political and non-political parties which includes proscribed groups also, and some of the participants carried the flag of banned Sipah Sahaba Pakistan.
However, Mufti Mohammad Owais, spokesman Wafaq ul Madaris al Arabia, Rawalpindi and Islamabad told Dawn that it had been decided that none of the parties in JASWJ would display their party flags.
“This is why we did not allow any party flag at the stage,” Mufti Owais said and added that the due to the sanctity of Muharram, they decided not to hold any rally or protest demonstration.
“We dispersed peacefully as demanded by the city administration from the D-chowk and dropped our plan to march towards parliament,” he added.
Due to the ongoing D-8 summit, the whole area had already been converted into a strict security zone and containers were placed at the Jinnah Avenue and vehicular traffic could not move towards the D-chowk.
The organisers have announced to hold more protests after Ashura against the government and continued sectarian terrorism in the country.