Hours after Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers left Islamabad, leaders of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (ASWJ) arrived here on Friday for their ‘Paighambar-e-Inqilaab’ (Messenger of Revolution) conference.
The leaders of ASWJ, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, said Dr Qadri was working on foreign agenda by holding the Long March.
ASWJ Deputy Secretary General Maulana Masoodur Rehman Usmani threatened that his organisation would announce a long march if the government does not address the “injustices done to the ASWJ.”
ASWJ Central Secretary General Dr Khadim Hussain Dhillon said that foreign elements were instigating a sectarian conflict in Quetta. Karachi, on the other hand, has been a slaughterhouse of religious scholars over the past five year, he said. “Army operation was no solution to law and order issues,” he said. Dhillon said the government should expose the foreign involvement in Quetta.
The killing of Hazara people was not sectarian as Shias were also present in other communities living in the province. He said people should know who was killing Hazara people who came to live in Pakistan from neighbouring Afghanistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2013.