Hundreds of burqa-clad women led a protest march from the G-6 imambargah to the Parliament House on Thursday, demanding that the government provide security to the Shia community in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and across the country.
The women, accompanied by their children, were also joined by their male counterparts of Majlis-e-Wahadatul Muslimeen (MWM) as they held placards and chanted slogans condemning the recent killings in G-B.
Highlighting the miseries that people are facing in Gilgit, Zaidi said that since the curfew was imposed in the area people have been enclosed in their homes and are running out of necessities. “The people need immediate help and a practical action against the terrorists,” she said.
Police barred the protestors from proceeding to the Constitution Avenue due to security reasons and cordoned off the area around Parade Avenue.
Traffic was diverted to alternate routes.
Spearheading the rally, MWM Secretary General Allama Nasir Jafri demanded of the government to provide security to the people who travel on the Karakoram Highway, and to launch a formal operation against terrorist elements instigating sectarian unrest.
After holding the demonstration for two hours, the protesters peacefully dispersed.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2012.
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