LAHORE/KARACHI - Different  religious and political parties observed Friday as Anti-Taliban day across the country in order to show solidarity with Pakistan Armed Forces fighting against the terrorists.

The parties including Pakistan Sunni Tehrik (PST), Sunni Ittehad council (SIC), Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM) and Tahafuz-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) held rallies in all major cities of the country including Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Jhang,  Chiniot, Gilgit, Sahiwal, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sukkur, Sheikhupura, Jacobabad, Nawabshah, Kasur, Jaranwala and others to condemn terrorism.

The Ulema delivered Friday sermons to aware the people about the menace of terrorism and demanded of the government a full fledge action against the militants.  

The Ulema belonging to different school of thoughts demanded of the government to initiate a massive military action to eliminate Taliban and urged the civil-military leadership to take bold decisions on the issue.

They also criticised peace-talks with the Taliban and termed the negotiations with militants as unconstitutional.

Jamia Naeemia Nazim Raghib Naeemi while addressing a rally in Lahore said that Taliban were destroying Islam’s image as well as were damaging State of Pakistan. TNRM President Allama Raza-e-Mustafa during his address at Jamia Masjid Rasoolia asked the government to start speedy trial of convicted Taliban, adding, that they must be hanged publicly.

Allama M Qasim Alvi expressed solidarity with Pakistan military, FC and police force and said that blood of security officials would not go in vain.

The SIC passed a resolution that demanded of the government to start massive military action against Taliban immediately.  The resolution further said,” Government should start crack-down to get rid of these elements.” SIC leaders said, “We had made Pakistan and we will save it.”

They said if the government did not initiate military action against Taliban, they would start country-wide protest movement. They also applauded sacrifices and role of Pakistan Army.

Meanwhile, MWM leader Allama Imtiaz Kazmi said the militants could not be negotiated rather they must be eliminated as per the Islamic law for miscreants.

He said according to the Islamic law, miscreants must be given death penalty. He demanded that government must start action against all banned outfits.

Protest rallies were also staged in Karachi on Anti-Taliban Day on Friday that was observed to condemn the terrorist attacks and to express solidarity with the martyred Pakistanis.

Allama Mukhtar Imami and Mubashir Hassan of the MWM and Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee spoke to the protestors.

They said the terrorists of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Taliban were involved in genocide against Shias and massacre of other Muslim and non-Muslim Pakistanis. They said these terrorist outfits were involved in the targeted assassinations of Allama Taqi Hadi, Professor Agha Salman and other notable Shias. The Shia leaders demanded that these terrorist networks should be dismantled by immediate military action.

Protestors raised slogans against the Sindh government. They demanded Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto to take action to purge their PPP and Sindh government of the pro-terrorists’ elements. They appreciated the stance of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto but they criticised the PPP government in the province over their failure to eliminate the terrorists.

Similar protests were also staged in other Shia majority areas of Karachi. The rallies and demonstrations were also staged in Sindh interior, Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kohat, Hangu, Peshawar areas, Quetta and in Parachinar. MWM endorsed the Sunni Ittehad Council’s APC decision for Anti-Taliban Day and mourned the assassinations of 6 Shias in Karachi.

RULERS SHOULD TAKE A BOLD STANCE ON DRONES, SAYS MUNAWAR

Jamaat e Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the European Parliament’s condemnation of the civilian killings in drone attacks should be a matter of deep consideration for the Pakistani rulers who could not stop this massacre.

Addressing the newly elected Shoora of the JI women wing at Mansoora in Lahore on Friday, he said that the US drones had killed thousands of innocent men, women and children on the pretext of attacking terrorists.

He said the whole nation had been protesting against these killings but the rulers remained indifferent and acted as US agents.

Munawar stressed upon the government to project the US tyranny on this issue to the world community and press for the payment of compensation on the civilian deaths.  He said that the drones had been violating Pakistan’s air space with impunity, and targeted mosques and Madrassahs, causing the deaths of seminary students and teachers.

Marriage parties as well as funeral processions were targeted, he said, adding, that the patriotic parties and leaders had repeatedly raised voice against drone attacks but the cowardly rulers defended the US stance.

He said that now that the US Congress, the UN General Assembly and the European Union had condemned the drone attacks, the Pakistani rulers should shed US fear and adopt a bold stance in this regard.

The JI chief referred to the statement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court that Karachi was under the control of the mafias and terrorists, and said this should be an eye opener for those who were demanding action in North Waziristan and were levelling serious allegations on those advocating for dialogue.

He said the action in Karachi had failed and bloodletting was going on all around as had been the situation before the action.

He said that the Supreme Court had already declared the MQM as a terrorist body. He said that the MQM had flourished under the umbrella of Martial law and had always been black-mailing the rulers.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to move a treason case against MQM chief Altaf Hussain for calling for a military take over.

The JI chief called for a thorough probe into the allegations of independent MNA Jamshed Dasti at the floor of the House as this was a highly serious matter.