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Monday, October 3, 2011

Big London protest against Mastung killings

Murtaza Ali Shah
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

LONDON: More than a thousand protestors assembled outside the Pakistan High Commission here on Monday to condemn the killings of Shia Hazara tribe in Quetta.

It was the biggest demonstration ever held outside the Pakistan High Commission here on a working day. The protestors travelled from all major cities of the UK through coaches. Families, children, elderly and youth came together to condemn what they described as the ‘ethnic sectarian cleansing’ by Taliban affiliated militant sectarian groups.

Organised by Hazara International Forum of Great Britain, Hazara Organisation UK and their affiliate Hazara organisations, the demonstrators expressed their anger over the relentless attacks on the Hazara and the state’s almost complete capitulation to the murderous sectarian groups who have killed Shias all over Pakistan but with full impunity in Quetta.

They said the militants linked with Lashkar-e-Jehangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba had distributed leaflets in the local area and had openly claimed responsibility for the latest cold-blooded murder of more than 25 Shia pilgrims who were on their way to visit the holy places in Iran.

The demonstrators blamed Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani for treating the Hazaras with disgust and non-seriously. “The interior minister and the chief minister should tender their resignations,” they said.

A petition was presented before High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan in which the Hazara organisations blamed the government for ‘criminal negligence’, ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’ attitude towards Hazaras. It demanded a judicial commission under the supervision of a serving Supreme Court judge to investigate these killings and the victims of the target killings must be supported financially.

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