Activists from the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Tehreek Nifaz-e-Fiqa Jafria (TNFJ) staged protests on Friday condemning violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority of Myanmar.
The IJT activists were led by Peshawar Nazim Abidullah Shaheen, while TNFJ activists were led by their provincial president Sardar Ali Qazalbash. Demonstrators gathered outside Peshawar Press Club holding placards and banners with slogans against the Myanmar government’s policies.
They claimed thousands of Muslims were being slaughtered by Myanmar’s military leaders. They lamented the silence of Muslim and Arab leaders over the issue as well.
The IJT provincial Nazim suggested that an impartial inquiry be carried out under the United Nation Human Rights Commission (UNHCR).
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists also took to the streets after Friday prayers, protesting against excessive power outages in addition to the violence against Muslims in Myanmar. At the occasion, JI PK-III candidate Khalid Gul Mohmand criticised the ANP government for failing to curb power outages. Towards the end, it was discussed that another rally opposing muslim massacres in Myanmar will be held.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.