Karachi killing: Arrest of Shia cleric’s killers demanded

MWM stages protest rally, asks govt to stem tide of sectarianism, protect citizens life and property.

September 08, 2014

RAWALPINDI: The Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Rawalpindi chapter staged a protest rally on Sunday to condemn the killing of a Shia cleric in Karachi.

The protesters, led by MWM general secretary Syedul Hasan Rizvi, were carrying banners and placards, demanding arrest of Allama Ali Akbar Kumaili’s killers. Kumaili, son of noted Shia scholar and former Senator Abbas Kumaili, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Azizabad area of Karachi on Saturday evening.

While addressing the participants, Rizvi lashed out at the Sindh government for failing to arrest the killers despite presence of heavy security in the city. He also demanded protection to the Shia community across the country.

“We have been deprived of a great scholar and leader. The vacuum left by his death will not be filled,” he said demanding an immediate arrest of the killers and exemplary punishment to them.

He said that the government has failed to protect the life and property of the people, which is its prime responsibility.

“Instead of protecting the life and property of the citizens, rulers have indulged in petty politics while target killers continue to commit crimes with impunity.”

The MWM leader said that sectarianism was gaining root in society and asked the government to take tangible steps to stem the tide.

He warned the government that if it failed to arrest the killers, the whole country will drift towards lawlessness.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2014.



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