10-day deadline for govt to act against terrorists: Sunni Ittehad Council
LAHORE – Sunni Ittehad Council, a group of about two-dozen religious parties from Barelvi school of thought, has given a call for complete shutterdown and peaceful protests on Saturday (today). The decision was taken at a meeting held here at Jamia Naeemia after Friday prayers.
Briefing the newsmen after a detailed consultation in the Council meeting, MNA Sahibzada Fazle Karim, who is also head of his faction of JUP, said the Government in Punjab was playing in the hands of terrorists while the federal government was hostage to a religious party acting as political blackmailers abetting those who occupy mosques of Sunnis to turn those into terrorists camps. He warned of direct action against the rulers if government failed to get rid of terrorists at political level and break their network in the country within ten days, adding that government had no writ in the country and had no right to rule. He said a countrywide convention of all Sunni parties would be convened soon to decide future line of action. He said the meeting also demanded expulsion of a ruling coalition partner at the centre involved in abetting occupation on mosques of other schools of thought.
Former federal minister Haji Hanif Tayyab criticized ‘certain elements’ in the electronic media for allegedly making provoking speeches against shrines of saints, and demanded they should also be taken to task. He also accused Jamaat ud Dawa of having links with extremists, and demanded taking back millions of rupees of government and private funds from it, adding that its funding was done at the behest of the United States. He demanded strict action against the banned outfits accusing the rulers of allowing them to work under new names. He said that the same elements who had attacked the Rehman Baba’s shrine in the Khyber PK were involved in the Lahore incident. He also accused Punjab government of covering up of a big cache of arms seized from a Raiwind locality.
City takes to roads in anger over attacks
* Religious organisations want action against Sanaullah for connections with extremists
* Demand punishment for those who ‘failed to protect citizens’
LAHORE: Scores of people from across the provincial capital held protest demonstrations against the government’s failure to avert the terrorist attack at the Data Darbar while demanding tough action against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and others for having connections with extremists.
The Alami Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat, joined by several other religious organisations, led the largest protest outside the Data Darbar after the Friday prayers, while similar protests also took place on The Mall and outside Lahore Press Club. The protesters even tried to enter the Punjab Assembly building, but the authorities managed to disperse them. Sunni leaders including Alami Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat president Peer Afzal Qadri, Syed Safdar Shah Gillani, Sahabzada Mustafa Ashraf Khalid Mehmood Qadri, Syed Salman Shah and others addressed the demonstrations.
They said that terrorists were “becoming stronger” because of their links with certain people in the government and that all such people should be exposed and punished for their crimes.
They lashed out at Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for having close ties with extremist organisations and demanded that he should be the first one to face action for supporting terrorists. The protesters chanted slogans against the provincial government for having extremist sympathisers among their ranks and also raised slogans against the president. The speakers said that the government’s policies have brought the country to the verge of instability and people could not consider themselves to be safe in their homes, nor so in their worship places. They said that we have pledged to save the whole country and we will face these terrorists from the front.
Separately, a consortium of different Sunni groups called the Sunni Ittehad Council held a press conference in the Jamia Naeemia after holding a detailed meeting to form a future strategy. The council announced a country-wide strike against the attack and requested its followers to remain peaceful. They also demanded that the key officials directly responsible for providing security to the people, including the interior minister, the secretary, the inspector general of police and others, be removed from their posts for their failure to do their jobs.
They also criticiced people from both the federal and provincial governments for “showing cowardice” by not visiting the attack scene.
They pointed out that banned outfits were still operating in the country under different names and demanded that all such organisations be curbed, while the government should appologise for providing funds to the Jamaatud Dawa.
Samaa Tv Karachi
Ahle Sunnat demands dissolution of Govt
KARACHI: Jamaat-e Ahle Sunnat Karachi has demanded dissolution of the government because, its Amir Shah Turabul Haq said, the government has failed to eliminate the terrorism from the government.
While addressing the demonstration arranged by the Sunni Ittehda Council against the suicide attacks at Data Darbar, he alleged that Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has links with banned outfits.
He demanded that the government to question Punjab law minister.
Haq said that the suicide attacks at Data Darbar were due to the lack of security measures.
“The police do not provide reasonable evidences against terrorists therefore the courts release them,” he added.
He further demanded that the elements involved in Data Darbar suicide attacks should be traced. SAMAA
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