KARACHI - Karachi-based leaders of Sunni parties have announced that they will observe Friday as a day of protest against the PML-N government’s pro-Taliban policy that is deleterious for Pakistani nation.

Leaders of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Ahl-e-Sunnat Action Committee and Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat Allama Qazi Ahmed Noorani, Naseem Ahmed Sehar, Allama Ghulam Shabbir Qadri and other officials made this announcement at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Thursday.

They said the outlawed Taliban and its banned affiliates including Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other groups continued hitting Pakistanis but government was not taking any action against them.

They said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had brought a big negative change in Pakistan’s foreign policy on Syria. They warned that tilt towards the pro-terrorists US-led alliance against Bashar Al Assad’s Syrian regime is not in the interest of Pakistan and this change would help the terrorists to strengthen their position.

They said the terrorists of Taliban and their affiliates had assassinated their eminent scholars, prayer leaders, custodians and pilgrims of the shrines of the Sufi saints. They said the terrorists were launching attacks against the security forces and civilians.

 They had destroyed government and private installations causing around US$100 billion financial losses to the national economy.

They appealed to the people to vent their anger over the ferocity of butchers Taliban, their affiliates and the government’s policy of appeasement. They said there was no Shia-Sunni strife in Pakistan but a group of fanatics disguised themselves as Sunni.