CJ should take notice of Shia killings: Imran Khan

Published: September 2, 2012

Khan promised that the PTI will continue raising its voice against terrorist organisations. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

SKARDU: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan asked Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of Shia killings in Balochistan and Gilgit, while addressing a joint press conference with prominent Shia leader Sheikh Jaffery and the leader of Sunnat Wal Jamaat Maulana Khalil.

Terming the Babusar killings which left 21 innocent people dead as a terrible tragedy, Khan said that the government had completely failed in controlling the law and order situation in the country.

He questioned as to why the chief justice was taking suo motu notices of relatively trivial matters but not taking action against sectarian killings. Adding that it was good that the chief justice had taken notice of the incumbent government’s failures but it also needed to give special consideration to the issue of brutal Shia killings.

Khan, on his visit to Skardu, visited leaders of different sects to promote sectarian harmony in the country. He promised that the PTI will continue raising its voice against terrorist organisations that were trying to create a conflict through sectarian killings.

Over 300 Shias have been killed in the ongoing sectarian strife across the country this year alone.

Recently, during an inter-faith conference, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s chief Altaf Hussain had warned that sectarianism might break the country into pieces.

Reader Comments (64)

  • Zain
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Thank God Imran Khan finally woke up. Thank God for Altaf Hussain for waking him up and lets hope CJ can wake up now. May Allah protect the innocent shia muslims in Pakistan

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  • Osama Siddique
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Well said Khan Sahib. While one shall continue to differ with you where one feels that you err, this was an important statement and show of support as well as a point to ponder for the SC.

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  • Awans
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:07PM

    PMLN is completely silent on Shia Killings as they have to get votes from Sipah e Sahaba and other Deobandi Extremists in Punjab but Imran Khan showed some guts. Shahbaz Sharif’s page is completely silent on this issue.

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  • Ammar
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Brilliantly put by IK.

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  • Indian
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Are courts going to run the country???????This is madness setting wrong precidence……..

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  • Syme
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:14PM

    I am shocked! In this life time, finally, I have seen something intelligent from Imran Khan.

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  • Ijaz Mir
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:20PM

    Khan Sahib Please come out clean on sectarian issue, you are with TTP or rest of Pakistan.
    TTP has declared that they are only true Muslims rest are infidel Mujib UL Katull, They are at war with infidels. Please do not look left or right to dodge the Issue.

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  • JJ
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Thanks imran.

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  • Pungi
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:26PM

    Imran Khan again becoming the voice of Innocent victims..PTI surely stands for every Pakistani without his caste,creed or faith…!

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  • Asif Shah
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Only sane voice in Pakistan who speaks on every stage and on every issue. He is taking it on himself and daring excursion in areas where others fear for themselves. We need this person who relate to people.

    I was really inspire to see old video of Imran on issues in KPK and war on terror. His stance stand good then and now. I don’t see flip flop in his position. Link is http://youtu.be/Kmth_E12PLI

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  • khaldun
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:37PM

    You share the stage as chief guest with people who refer to Taliban leader Mulla Omar as Amir ul Momineen and now go consoling with shias. Dont be suprised as Hyporcisy Khan retracts these statements as well.

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  • Naeem
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:40PM

    @Ijaz Mir: Ijaz,Yaar you need change the record, it is squeaking now!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:43PM

    First of all, CJ should take notice of your friendship with Taliban. The educated people like Imran are the real problem. They cannot speak a single word against evil people.

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  • ismail m
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:43PM

    @ijaz mir
    People need to understand he is not with ttp. He is with the people of the tribal areas

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  • Sep 2, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Hehehehehe

    While Imran is sympathizing with the victims of Babusar killing, my righteous leader is enjoying nihari in the holy land of Jeddah earning a lot of sawari and Naikis.

    Long live Mian Nawaz

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  • Maryam
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Why you are asking CJ, You should do LONG MARCH against those people who kill Shia.

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  • gp65
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:46PM

    Good patriotic words no doubt. Will he practice what he preaches or will PTI leadership continue to endorse the DPC gang which includes LeJ leader Malik Ishaq?

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  • Blithe
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:47PM

    IK has a problem .
    Why can’t he demand zardari , rehman Malik , ANP
    and security establishment to
    providing security to citizens ????
    Demanding sou moto is not the answer to everything .

    When will learn to criticise ANP and Ppp
    and army ????

    The problem for IK is that there is
    no sectarian violence in Punjab ( so IK
    can start blaming NS)…[sarcasim ]

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  • Saleem
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:50PM

    The CJ is busy protecting his corrupt son!

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  • Subah
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:50PM

    At last. Imran Khan has taken stand on this sectarian violence openly. Hope it proves to be a good omen and a step forward in eliminating this curse. Keep it up. The people need more of your concern on issues like this. And believe me, Imran Khan, if you win the hearts of the innocent victims and oppressed masses, their prayers will help in your victory.

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  • a&a
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:51PM

    always late IK……

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  • Sep 2, 2012 - 11:57PM

    At last, Mr.Imran Khan has opened his mouth about Shia killings unable to bear the onslaught by media and public against his silence. Now Chief Justice, it is your turn.

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  • zahid
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:59PM

    haters will always be haters..
    imran khan sb you carry on your good work. You are the only leader who has visited quetta, gilgit baltistan and very soon waziristan

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  • Falcon
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:01AM

    It is good that IK has brought this up. Many Pakistanis have been puzzled by CJ not taking suo moto on this issue. It further goes on to say that IK is not Taliban Khan as projected by many and dialogue with Taliban is his solution of terrorism rather than soft feelings for Taliban.

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  • Kaspar
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:10AM

    One just cannot beliee that a man like Imran Khan, who claims to stand for truth, justice, fairplay and honesty, would ever stand with miltatns and the self righteous born-again Muslims. It is good to see him break his silence over the issue. Killing of any human being, irrespective of his cast, color or creed, is an unIslamic, barbaric and inhuman act. Imran should stand up with the nation against the madcaps who think everyone except themeslves are infidels!! If these people ever come to power,–which seems highly far-fetched, there would be no end to tyranny of one sort or the other. But as long as some influential political and religious leaders would continue to regard them as waging some kind ofm jihad, they would remain a threat to peace and security of ordinary citizens.

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  • abbas
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:12AM

    Finally! Thanks imran KhanRecommend

  • karakurami
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:23AM

    The people of Gilgit Baltistan welcome Imran Khan to the land Shangrella.The sectarian harmony was shaken during the Zia,s regime.Like the rest of country GB is going through the worst economical and social turmoil.Mr.Imran Khan is the leader of the youth of this country and we have great expectation from his leadership.The extremist groups are destroying the fabric of our society initiated by Zia,regime.The justice system in this country is disappointment as not a sinlge terrorist got capital punishment for last two decades.

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  • Hassan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:26AM

    @Ch Allah dad

    Please learn to appreciate the good step..he is the only national leader who reached that area and trying his best to bring people closer. I dont like MQM much but i think altaf also did well by raising his voice…

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  • Karella
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:35AM

    I support Imran over other politicians, but he needs to take a clear stand. TTP has accepted the killing of our Shia brothers, including the bus killing at Babusar pass. They say they will do it again. If he is asking for CJ to take notice, is it to have a dialogue with the TTP or use the fill extent of the law against them ? You cant play both sides.

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  • Adnan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:36AM

    @Ijaz Mir: stupid blame .. To raise voice for Qabailies who are more patriotic is not equal to support TTP .

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  • Pakistani Pathan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:39AM

    lol hw can imran khan say a word against TTP as he is making allaince with their father jamate islami who are politically supporting them .

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  • sabi
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Imran khan muster up your courage and now throw your reverse swing to the right wingers its your last over !!

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  • Saad Aziz
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:51AM

    @ijaz mir:what are you talking about,when has he ever supported ttp?are you nuts or what

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  • jamal
    Sep 3, 2012 - 1:29AM

    When will Imran Khan condemn the LeJ and SSP terrorists? Does his mouth hurt from speaking so?

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  • javed
    Sep 3, 2012 - 1:36AM

    @zain
    difference is altaf hussein is in uk giving mere statements while imran khan was in gilgit baltistan meeting people

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  • xor
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:01AM

    late? Why people has weak memory? Imran Khan visited Imam Bargah and raise his voice against shia killing after Quetta jalsa.

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  • waqas
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:16AM

    @Ijaz Mir:
    IK and PTI never supported TTP or their doings , we PTIANS are of the point that drones are a violation of our sovereignty and importantly the collateral damage which it is causing is turning innocent peoples into extremists. hope it clears your doubt.

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  • Mullah ka bacha
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:23AM

    hmmmmm well done to the good looking mullah , but does he have the guts to also speak up for the ahmadis?

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  • intizar zaidi
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:38AM

    The Taliban and Al Qeada backed by CJP, Taliban (Imran) Khan who has agencies support, are fully responsible for innocent Shia killings. No crocodile tears at this late stage and when elections are approaching.

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  • Asad Shah
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Good to see him following NS foot steps again. Nawaz Sharrif was the first leader who condemned the killings of shia’s in Balochistan

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  • Bilal
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:17AM

    IK just added his two bits to an important problem. sounds just point scoring and no real solution. how can courts restore law and order on the street. I guess CJ should order establishing judicial checkpoints and security plans for our cities and town(sarcasm).

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  • Imran Con
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:27AM

    Altaf Hussain beat you to it for credit on having guts. You’re only coming out now because you can use him as a bullet shield.

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:44AM

    For God’s sake come out of this ambivalence, state r u with TTP or with the victims?

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  • Baloch
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:45AM

    Good going Imran Khan, we should strife for Shia-Sunni harmony in this country or else Pakistan would disintegrate into Shia and Sunni Pakistan. Shouldn’t forget the Ahmadis they too are Pakistanis.

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  • Ajju
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:51AM

    if imran khan made an allience with jamaat-e-islami, then i cant vote for him. sorry

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  • Jadugar
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:52AM

    Not only should the Chief justice take notice but implement the punishment as well, All institutions should play their part to make sure that such practise will not be tolerated, this should include politician’s, the Govt. Police and the army. You should declare that you are totally against it and if in power you will not tolerate such acts.

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  • Navaid
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:20AM

    Good statement of Imran Khan, all Pakistani’s should appreciate it.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Unless and until, PTI takes a more hawkish stance against the enemies of Pakistan, i.e. the Taliban, I would take Imran Khan’s statements as word-play. His naivete is astounding.

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  • obaid
    Sep 3, 2012 - 6:08AM

    What good of CJP is he, if he has to be reminded of such utter disregard of human rights.

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 7:20AM

    @Blithe:
    The problem with Nooners is that they don’t read articles and just start commenting on headlines. Well its understandable. After all you get only a few hours (from 9 AM to 4 PM) to make your Rozi Halal i.e. paid PITB emplyees.
    Now read this para again, will you?
    Terming the Babusar killings which left 21 innocent people dead as a terrible tragedy, Khan said that the government had completely failed in controlling the law and order situation in the country.

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 7:25AM

    @Maqbool basha:
    @jamal:
    @Ijaz Mir:
    For those saying Imran Khan is late in raising voice on Shia Killings, please read this article
    http://pti-fata.blogspot.com/2012/09/imran-khan-and-shia-killings-in.htmlRecommend

  • QASIM
    Sep 3, 2012 - 7:45AM

    our saviur in waiting is too late to raise the issue.was it not better if he say please look all the killings in the name of religion.?

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 7:53AM

    Chairman of PTI Mr.Khan wants CJP to take notice, well let’s say CJP even takes the notice of this inhumanity injustice, what he would be able to do? all the notices which he has taken so far, can anyone remind me of any which has been implemented except for the PM issue concerning NRO. CJP is powerless until and unless, Army and Government doesn”t support Judiciary which seems none is interested so far. It is the duty of the present government to insure the security and law enforcement agencies not CJP’s .

    Mr.Khan always takes about justice, when NATO supplies were resumed he didn’t confronted nor played any role to stop them PTI went silent, guess it was like in favor of supplies to roll over, as a chairman of the party it is his responsibility not just giving statements and running after assets but insuring that each and every act of his party should be for the betterment of Pakistan. It is not like after Elections some miracle will happen and everything will get straight as it should be, efforts and actions before or after should be the same, Pakistan is lacking from the unity and this is why Peace cannot be been anywhere no matter its Karachi , Quetta or Balgistan we are too divided, togetherness , awareness and instead of giving statements we all must do to save Pakistan.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:05AM

    Well done Khan. You are the only hope left to this country. We were expecting such stance from you long ago. All our hopes have fade away from other main-stream Political parties and their leaders.

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  • HUmayun
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:25AM

    Be cautious in burdening and bombarding the Courts

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  • Mirza
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Always a day late and a dollar short or late Latif. After hundreds of murders for several years finally the rightwing party leaders are waking up!

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  • Hjsam
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:55AM

    When will Mr. Imran Khan speak for the persecuted Hindus and Christians of Pakistan?

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  • raza
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:17PM

    I regret that we have done long march for such a CJ who can see Slap on a teacher but cant see the brutal Shiaa Killings.
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  • Kaspar
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:50PM

    It should also ask the government how many terrorists have they caught so far and punished in cases of sectarian killing, esp. the recent cases of Shias being offloaded from buses and shot dead in cold blood. And what security measures have the ruling party stalwarts, who are engaged presently in planning for the coming elections, hoping to ride on the nation’s back for another 5-year term, taken after these happenings. Mr. Zardari who does not miss any opportunity to go abroad at government expense, on however trivial a mission, has never taken pains to visit the country’s troubled regions, where ordinary people are dying at the hands of terrorists everyday.
    IK, who unfortunately has the reputation that he has a soft corner for these terrorists, must prove his credentials now. This is a test case.

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  • Ejaaz
    Sep 4, 2012 - 12:29AM

    This guy seems to be the only (relatively sane) case for a pakistan that is inching slowly towards a disaster God forbid..

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:34AM

    @ Blithe and you are probabaly not aware, since this is not the first time Imran khan as spoken out loud against the Shia killings. And he always condemned the govt-(the PPP) for it. Its the first time only that he demanded the SC to take action.

    @Many here: its not the first time Imran has spoken out against Shia killings. He has done that MULTIPLE times in the past.

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @ Mullah ka bacha

    but does he have the guts to also
    speak up for the ahmadis?

    He hs done that multiple times, for example see this video at 44th minute:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Q0iLVOY2s.
    And here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gQFI2uuw9Q&

    He even visited the Ahmadis who were affected by terrorism, in hospitals.

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  • Sep 8, 2012 - 10:56PM

    You are too late and your comments are too little Mr.Imran Khan. Are you prepared to go personally to the victims and console their families?

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @md. fayyaz Imran khan has been speaking on this issue since LONG. And he has already personally visisted the victims and consoled the families many a time. Recently he met with the affectees of anti-Shia violence in Astore. Do some research before u write something.

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