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Shia parties to observe Youm-e-Azmat-e-Nawasah-e-Rasool (PBUH)) on Friday

Shia parties to observe Youm-e-Azmat-e-Nawasah-e-Rasool (PBUH)) on FridayShia parties have announced observance of Youm-e-Azmat-e-Nawasah-e-Rasool (PBUH) on Friday and stage a rally on Sunday to protest against burning of mosques, Imam Bargahs, shops and houses of Shia Muslims.

Allama Hassan Zafar Naqvi, deputy secretary general of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Allama Abbas Kumaili, head of Jafaria Alliance, Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee, Allama Nazir Abbas Taqvi of Shia Ulema Council, Allama Hassan Salahuddin, President of Prayer Leaders and Scholars Council and Salman Mujtaba, general secretary of Markazi Tanzeem-e-Aza made these announcements at a joint press conference here on Wednesday.

The Shia leaders turned down the war of words and distorted media coverage of the chain of events since the Ashura Tragedy Rawalpindi and said that Shia procession was attacked after a fiery and blasphemous hate-speech from Masjid-e-Zarrar. The peaceful procession was pelted with stones and barrage of bullets were fired like a spray on them.

They demanded that the police and intelligence agencies have said in their reports that hate-speech sparked off tension therefore that mosque must be sealed-off forthwith and the prayer leader be arrested and punished fist.

They rejected the inquiry commission saying that was formed to defend the heinous crimes of Yazidi takfiri terrorists who set ablaze six Shia mosques and Imam Bargahs and houses and shops of Shiites and expanded the violence to Multan, Chishtian and Kohat but not a single word was heard in favour of those victims.

They demanded that a high-level judicial inquiry commission be formed with Chief Justice of Supreme Court as its head and impartial and honest moderate judges be appointed as its members.

They made clear that there was no Sunni-Shia tension in Pakistan and a minor Yazidi takfiri group of a particular school of thought has been engaged in a unilateral aggressive war on Shiites of Pakistan and that outlawed outfit was solely responsible for the chain of events occurred in Ashura Tragedy of Rawalpindi.

They said Punjab government is a party due to its biased and partial policies with a tilt to the Yazidis because they have not announced reconstruction and repairing of the burnt Shia mosques, Imam Bargahs and shops and no compensation to the affected Shiites. They lashed out at Punjab Law Minister saying he had a deal with outlawed terrorist outfit and all know his connections with them.

They said that Yazidi group plotted to justify its illegitimate demand to ban the processions of mourning in Moharram and celebrations of Eid Milad ul Nabi (PBUH) in Rabi ul Awwal and for that they had called upon its supporters on 9th Moharram to gather at the Masjid-e-Zarrar on the day of Ashura to attack the Ashura procession.

They demanded that religious seminaries should not be built within the premises of mosques and the government must establish Education City outside of the cities where students seeking religious education of respective areas should get education in their respective districts.

The Shia leaders lambasted media trial of Shiites on the basis of fake photos and baseless allegations. They said that nobody was slaughtered but body of a boy slain in Myanmar in 2012 was posted on social media to hoodwink the people. They said that some Yazidis under the garb of media used Syrians photos to make Pakistanis believe that they were killed in Pindi. They said that only 9 bodies were recovered but Yazidis exaggerated the numbers to 90. They said many books of Quran were burnt by Yazidis in Shia mosques and Imam Bargahs but not a single word of sympathy by media to the Shia victims. They demanded there must be an end to the biased and partial coverage.

Therefore, the Shia leaders announced that Shiites will renew their pledge and allegiance to Imam Hussain (AS), grandson of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on Friday and as a token of protest against the pogroms of Shiites, main rally will be staged at Numaish Chowrangi on Sunday.

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