LAHORE – The announcement of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen to call off sit-in after negotiations with the parliamentary delegation) has failed to pacify the bereaved people showing solidarity with Hazaras.
The local administration failed to convince the MWM and the Shia Ulema Council to end sit-in, resulting in continuous protest till filing of this report.
The protesters refused to accept the decision taken during talks of parliamentary delegation led by Qamar Zaman Kaira with the central MWM leadership and chief of Hazara tribe in Quetta till the aggrieved families agreed to call off protest and bury dead bodies of suicide attack victims.
Earlier, the MWM continued protest outside the Governor House on third day. The demos were held at key points including the Metro Bus Service route at Chungi Amar Sadhu.
The MWM staged another sit-in on GT Road and rail track at Imamia Colony, suspending train services and traffic to Lahore from Kala Shah Kaku. The sit-ins at Thokar Niaz Baig, Mochi Gate also created traffic jams at various City roads.
The protest outside the AIIA resulting into unpleasant incidents of protesters clashes with those going to the airport to get flight and with the law enforcement agencies personnel. The protesters including women and children staged a sit-in and blocked the road.
A pile up of passengers from inside the airport and long queues of vehicles waiting to enter the airport created a traffic mess, while several passengers clashed with the protesters in an attempt to enter the premises. Police reached the site to disperse the charged protesters but to no avail.
MWM Punjab President Allama Abuzar Mehdi, Secretary Umoore Shohda Allama Hasnain Arif, Lahore Secretary General Allama Hassan Hamdani and Deputy Secretary General Allama Mohammad Iqbal Kamrani led the protesters outside the Governor House, Shahdara and Mochi Gate. While SUC leaders Zulfiqar Haider and others were leading protests at Thokar Niaz Baig and some parts of Ferozepur Road at Chungi Amar Sadhu. Hundreds of people including women and children participated in the sit-ins, demanding military operation against terrorists.
Delegation of various political parties including the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran also visited The Mall to express solidarity with the Hazaras. HRCP Chairperson Asma Jahangir, Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Muniza Hashmi and other leaders of civil society visited the sit-in outside the Governor House.