Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen deputy secretary general, Allama Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi, has rejected the restrictions on the fundamental rights of Shia Muslims in Pakistan saying that the powers that be must not push Shias to wall.
Speaking at the MWM’s Stability of Pakistan and Imam Mehdi Conference at Nishtar Park he said that the world bear witness to the fact that enemies of Pakistan and humanity were allowed a free hand across Pakistan and they continued to disseminate venomous ideology of hatred and intolerance against all other Pakistanis and faiths.
On the other hand, he said, Shia Muslims were being denied their legitimate rights such as azadari (sacred mourning), celebrations on the birth anniversaries of infallible leaders of Islam, respectful travel for pilgrimage via Taftan border. He said that a discriminatory policy was adopted by biased officials against the Shia Muslims. He said that custodians of mosques, Imam Bargahs, permit holders of azadari processions, Shia scholars, notables and active youths of the community were being intimidated by undeclared arrest, fake cases and by threats from takfiri terrorists of banned terror outfits.
Allama Ahmed Iqbal demanded an end to this victimizing policy and freedom of religion and freedom of expression of views to Shia political opponents of the government.