ASWJ stages sit-in for missing activists

QUETTA: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) has announced to stage a sit-in protest outside the Balochistan High Court to pressurise judiciary for safe recovery of its 150 activists who have been missing over the past years from different parts of the country. ASWJ Central Information Secretary, Ghazi Aurangzeb Farooqi made the announcement during a news conference at Quetta Press Club on Monday. “ASWJ condemn the terrorism and targeted killings in the country. Some elements accuse us of carrying out deadly attacks in the country which is biased and untrue,” he told the reporters, referring to the sectarian targeted killings. He said that religious leaders and activists of ASWJ were subjected to enforced disappearances in Balochistan, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. “At least 60 activists have been missing from Balochistan while around a 100 from different parts of the country. The Supreme Court should take notice and play its role for missing people’s recovery. Security agencies say they do not have the missing people,” he added. He accused government functionaries of detaining the activists in illegal custody. “ASWJ is striving for a legislation which prevents people from defamation of Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) companions. There would be no sectarian violence if there is a proper legislation aimed at forbidding hate based literature and speeches being sold at public places,” he told the reporters. He had provided a list of missing activists to the Supreme Court but no action has yet been taken, he said, adding, “The ASWJ will soon announce the date of the sit-in protest outside the Balochistan High Court building.” Farooqi accused Iran of orchestrating sectarian violence in Pakistan. “The target killers were trained in Iran that carried out attacks on Sunni religious clerks,” he said and demanded from the government to take up the issue with Iran. 

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