KARACHI: The Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) held a peace rally, including the residents of Lyari, on Sunday to appeal for peace in Karachi.
The rally started from Lyari Ground and reached the Sunni Tehreek office, where they talked to their leaders for reinstating peace in the city. The rally then reached the Karachi Press Club, then Mardan House to meet the ANP Sindh leaders and ended at the Mazar-e- Quaid.
Addressing a joint press conference with PAC leaders, ANP Sindh president Shahi Syed said that he appreciated the efforts of the PAC for restoring peace in the city.
Peoples Aman Committee spokesman Zafar Baloch said the rally was arranged just for peace, setting aside all political aims. “Today, a man of Lyari cannot think of going to Azizabad and an Urdu-speaking person cannot think of going to Lyari. We are here to remove this hatred,” said Baloch.
Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh council member Habib Jan said that the party asked Shahi Syed to help in bringing about reconciliation and peace in the city and he assured us of his full support.
Habib Jan said that the people need freedom in the city so that they can easily visit Burns Road, Orangi, Lyari and other areas without fear. “If impossible, we should opt for another alternative that is to divide the city into two parts: Karachi and Greater Karachi, like London and greater London”.
The PAC members also met Punjabi Pakhtun Ittihad leaders Irfanullah Marwat and Ayub Awan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2011.
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