ASWJ stages sit-in against killings of its members, supporters in Karachi

Published: November 6, 2013
File photo of an ASWJ protest. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

File photo of an ASWJ protest. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) staged a sit-in at Regal Chowk in Karachi against targeted killings of its party members and supporters, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The rally started from Lasbela and ended at Regal Chowk where ASWJ activists staged a sit-in while party leaders made speeches calling for the arrest of those involved in the killings.

The party leaders said they would stage sit-ins at the Governor House and the Chief Minister House if their demands are not met.

On Tuesday, three ASWJ activists, Mufti Tariq, Mohammad Jan and Raza Gul, and three supporters, Ayaz, Yar Mohammad and Ramzan, were shot down in Karachi in separate incidents.

Deceased Mufti Tariq was a religious scholar, while Mohammad Jan was the Moazzin at the Muqaddas Masjid near Kala Pul. Raza Gul was a senior activist of the ASWJ.

Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat had said that those who carried out the targeted attacks were identified and would be arrested.

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  • Jibran
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:54PM

    What an audacity these criminals under the guise of ASWJ got! They are obsessed with slaughtering innocents throughout Pakistan. They don’t believe in democratic discourse. Logic is not their trait, and when they tasted their own medicine they are staging sit ins. I have no doubt that somewhere their blood thirsty members are right now planning to attack innocents.


  • Zayyad
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:59PM

    What this group has been doing,comes in the realm of pure extremism…but at the same time we need to realize that whole many call this a Shia genocide in Pakistan-this conflict is spanning over the 10-12 Muslim countries,and ever since the second generation of Islam. In Syria it is the other way around.


  • Syed
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Maybe ASWJ leaders should stop their hateful speeches and stop brainwashing illiterate awaam. If they are so concerned about the killings then they should go talk to the Shia leaders and form some sort of alliance. lekin phir inki daal roti ka kiya hoga ?


  • kanwal
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:59PM

    What an oppurtunity to catch so many hate-inciting thugs together! Go on karachi police!


  • sincere
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:45PM

    we need a drone strike at the site of the sit-in….. half the turmoil in the country will be uprooted.. and the other half would beg the govt for negotiations.

    P.S: i am kidding.. we should arrest the culprits and handover to these gentlemen


  • wizarat
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:46PM

    Pakistanis in Particular and some muslims in general have a tendencies of calling anyone with a beard and a shawl a mufti or molvi.
    Could someone or the press let us know where Mufti Tariq was educated and for how long before he was crowned a Mufti?
    Thank you and this is for my edification.


  • imran ali
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:46PM

    picture of Karachi or Waziristan…. strageic assets;;one drone for the fanatics


  • more sincere
    Nov 6, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @sincere; these do need to be taken out thru a drone. And I’m serious.


  • ali farooq
    Nov 6, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Allah please save pakistan from these fanatics….


  • Chaigram
    Nov 6, 2013 - 7:29PM

    What a great idea, you are a great thinker Kanwal!!


  • Rizvi
    Nov 6, 2013 - 7:31PM

    Why banned ASWJ/SSP was allowed to hold a rally in the first place?Recommend

  • Ovais
    Nov 6, 2013 - 7:35PM

    so who killed these fanatics .. its time we understand that u need both hands for clapping.. Its just sad that these people who have their loyalities to either iran or saudia are fighting.


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Nov 6, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Damn hypocrites.


  • Amir
    Nov 6, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Send “Kamala Khan” to battle AWSJ, TTP, MQM, PML, PPP, PTI, etc etc.


  • sars
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:11PM

    Can dish it out but cant take it eh?


  • Pakistani
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:15PM

    @AMir you forget Sipahe mohd and others or deliberatly left it.U have to admit that funding is done both from iran n none of two parties are innocent


  • Zahid
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:17PM

    A drone a day – keeps the fanatics away!!


  • Siraj Khan
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:03PM

    looks like the forum is full of shias !!!


  • ignorantways
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:09PM


    SSP/ASWJ the only party/ group lost its 5 leaders and thousands of workers.

    even MWM and TNFJ didnt lose leaders like that, Hamid Moosvi , Sajid Naqvi alive from decades . . . so be logical and realistic . . .

    so be ready NOW !


  • Dj
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:46PM



  • farhan
    Nov 6, 2013 - 11:04PM

    Didnt authorities know that as per Anti Terrorism Act 1997 a banned organization cannot display its flag in public? What were authorities doing?
    @ignorantways, it seems you have forgotten the names of leaders belonging to Shia sect in fact it all had started from the murder of Arif al Hussaini. And how exactly SSP lost ‘thousands’ of its workers when bombings have been taking out number of Shias in a single go? Shall I start recalling each and every such blast that has taken place so far?Recommend

  • ahmed ali
    Nov 6, 2013 - 11:15PM

    @.Rizvi…….Why banned ASWJ/SSP was allowed to hold a rally in the first place?

    because there are strageic assets of Army and Punjab


  • Tharki bacha
    Nov 7, 2013 - 12:29AM

    ahm ahm! What’s going on ET?


  • Nov 7, 2013 - 1:37AM

    @Siraj Khan:

    looks like the forum is full of shias !!!

    Can’t even tolerate on the comments’ section too…

    Why is this a remarkable observation if the forum has minority Shia Muslim Pakistanis commenting about any news item, particularly one related to a notorious and bigoted anti-Shia Sunni extremist group that while protesting the deaths of their own gunned down sectarian activists, hypocritically openly advocates supremacist intolerance and sectarian cleansing linked with religious-political terrorist groups such as L-e-J and TTP by targeting and massacring random Shia Pakistani citizens?


  • Ali S
    Nov 7, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Well, what goes around comes around


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