Monday, July 12, 2010
KARACHI-Sunni Tehreek (ST) on Sunday took out a protest rally against the failure of the government to arrest the culprits involved in the twin suicide blasts at Data Darbar.
Addressing “Tahafu Namus-e-Oliya Rally” organised by Sunni Tehreek at MA Jinnah Road, party chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri termed attacks on shrines and worship places as a conspiracy to disintegrate the country.
He warned that Sunni Tehreek would block all the main highways of the country in a next step, if the government did not arrest the terrorists involved in the attack on Data Darbar.
He said that Ulema-e-AhleSunnat from across the country was united to foil the conspiracies of terrorists against shrines and Ahle Sunnat community.
He urged the intelligence agencies to take notice of the report of SAFMA about the influx of 50 terrorists in Sindh to target shrines of Shah Lateef Bhittai, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Abdullah Shah Ghazi and others.
He demanded of the Government to arrest the terrorists saying that 180 million people wanted lasting peace and elimination of terrorists from the country.
He demanded of the govt to deploy Ahle Sunnat administrators on shrines of saint, removing fake and fabricated ones. Sunni Tehreek leader Shahid Ghori said that govt had failed to control terror elements, saying Taliban came in Karachi and were working in the banned outfits in the metropolis.
22 SSP offices sealed, over 170 activists held
Operation against banned outfits launched
|Monday July 12, 2010 (1157 PST)|
LAHORE: In an unannounced police operation against proscribed organisations, especially in the southern Punjab, scores of activists included in the Fourth Schedule have been arrested.
According to reports from Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Layyah districts, police conducted raids during the night and arrested dozens of activists who had been shifted to unknown places.
According to another report, in a massive operation against the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), 22 offices of the outfit have been sealed and some 170 activists arrested. The SSP is allegedly operating under the new name of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat. The operation has been launched in Lahore, Multan, Sahiwal, Khanewal, Jhang, Bhakkar, Gujrat, Vehari and Rawalpindi and other cities.
Separately, Allama Ahmad Ludhianvi, the chief of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, strongly condemned the arrests. In a statement, he said preparations were afoot to play a heinous game across the country at the behest of foreign forces.
He said unjustified arrests of his party workers had created an environment of tension in the country and provoked the party activists against the government’s steps. “I have asked the government to identify terrorists in my party and they would be handed over to the authorities,” he added. He urged the activists of his party to exercise restraint.
Our correspondent adds from Bahawalpur: Eighteen activists of the banned organisations have been arrested in the crackdown initiated in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan districts.
In Bahawalpur district, six activists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, Millat-e-Islami and Jaish-e-Muhammad have been arrested. Seven and five activists respectively have been arrested in Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalnagar. Talking to our sources, Bahawalnagar DPO Mehboob Rashid confirmed the arrest of five activists. More arrests are expected.