ASWJ action: Party workers protest killing of leader in ‘fake encounter’

ASWJ ended protest after assurances from Karachi commissioner

Our Correspondent November 09, 2016
ASWJ protest sit-in outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Sunday, February 15, 2015/ PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

KARACHI: A protest was staged on Wednesday by the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) against the killing of their local leader Maulana Yousuf Quddosi in a 'fake' encounter outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC).

An Orangi Town-based leader of the ASWJ, Quddosi, was killed in an alleged encounter with the police in Manghopir. The protest was organised to record our anger against the attitude of the police against our worker, ASWJ spokesperson Omar Muavia told The Express Tribune.

Quddosi was our local leader, said Muavia, adding that he [Quddosi] was taken away by police personnel in civilian clothes from his residence in Orangi Town on April 8.

Muavia also revealed that the party tried their best to get Quddosi released from the police and the party leadership even contacted intelligence agencies to intervene, who assured them that police had taken Quddosi into custody for routine interrogation and he would be released, but he was not.

Considering the situation of the city, ASWJ ended their protest but we will continue to struggle for our demands, including protesting against the killing of our leader in the fake encounter, said Muavia.

The protest was led by the family of the slain worker with ASWJ Karachi vice-president Allama Moinuddin Shah, who demanded that if any of their workers are involved in criminal activities, they should be brought before the court of law rather than being killed in a fake encounter.

Muavaia also said that ASWJ central president Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi met Karachi commissioner Ejaz Ahmed Khan at his office where on the assurance of an inquiry into the fake encounter, ASWJ ended their protest at the KPC.

A Manghopir police station chief was suspended on Tuesday, while an inquiry against him was initiated following the killing of Quddosi in the alleged 'fake encounter'.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2016.


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