Against the Rawalpindi mayhem which left at least 10 people dead on Yaum-e-Ashur, a number of activists of political, religious and trade organisations took out a rally in Sadiqabad and observed a protest day amidst high security arrangements.

Across Sadiqabad city, the police erected blockades and pickets to ensure peace and to eschew any untoward incident during the observation of black day against the unrest. Because of the security arrangements like blockage of roads and streets, students, employees and patients faced difficulties to reach their destinations.

The protest rally led by Maulana Mushtaq Ahmad started from Ghosia Chowk and after passing through Hospital Road and Link Road, it culminated at Sajawal Pul. The rally was escorted by heavy contingent of police. Policemen were also deployed at rooftops which fell in the routes of the rally.  The protesters were addressed among others by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S leader Mushtaq Ahmad, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat district president M Shafiq, JUI-F leader Maulana Abdullah, Sanaullah Farooqi, Fazal Mehmood, Anjuman Tajraan president Khalid Saleem, Ehsanul Haq, Baba Ameen, Qari Saeed, M Sarwar and Umair Mushtaq.

They said that unarmed and innocent Muslims were killed in the Rawalpindi incident. They said that Pakistan is the strong fort of Islam therefore every Muslim should work for her integrity and progress. On the occasion, the participants passed unanimously a resolution which demanded immediate arrest of the outlaws behind the killings and a stern action against them.

The resolution also demanded early compensation to the traders, shopkeepers and common public whose property like shops and houses were set on fire by arsonists during the lawlessness. They pledged to continue protests till the acceptance of their demands.

MANHOLES IRK PEOPLE: Open manholes in Mazhar Farid Colony have become a permanent irritation for the local residents especially bikers, senior citizens and children as accidents due the manholes are order of the day, said the people.

Those complained against the issue included M Anwar, M Asghar, Kashif, Adeel, Niaz, Basheer, Ashraf, Naveed, Abdul Razzaq, Waseem and Atif. They said that for the provision of basic facilities to the people, the Tehsil Municipal Administration was doing nothing, adding that the open manholes might become a cause of big mishaps.