Protests Against Data Darbar Suicide Bombings
COUNTRYWIDE protest was observed on Friday on the appeal of Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and other parties affiliated with Barelvi school of thought to condemn the bombing at Data Darbar and to press for their demands of immediate arrest of culprits, bringing an end to terrorism and sacking of government ministers and bureaucrats having links with banned groups.
Rallies and protest meetings were held in all parts of the country while prayer leaders in their Friday sermons highlighted the government failure in controlling lawlessness in the country.
In Lahore, different rallies were taken out including those by Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan secretary general Qari Zawwar Bahadur, Tanzim Khatme Nabuwwat led by Mohammad Khan Qadri and ATI.
Speaking at the rallies, the leaders warned the government of a strong reaction if it failed to punish the culprits of Data shrine bombing and provide security to shrines in the country. Qari Zawwar Bahadur warned that a conspiracy to sparking sectarian strife in the country was being hatched in the garb of Data shrine bombings, and asked the federal and Punjab governments and the Sunni leaders not to issue irresponsible statements. “Instead of taking sincere steps to arrest the culprits, the two governments are helping out the enemy conspiracies aimed at igniting either Shia-Sunni or Barelvi-Deobandi clash in Pakistan, like it was done to control the mass resistance against US army in Iraq,” he said.
Addressing the slogan chanting protestors at other rallies, the leaders including Mohammad Khan Qadri specially condemned Punjab Law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan for having links with banned sectarian groups and demanded his immediate dismissal, warning that protest campaign would continue till the minister was removed.