Protesting Shikarpur: Jibran Nasir, civil society activists released

Nasir reiterates his 15-day ultimatum to the government to take action against banned organisations

Noman Ahmed/Web Desk/Munira Abbas February 05, 2015
Jibran Nasir among civil society activists released by the Frere Town Police Station on Thursday evening. PHOTO: NOMAN AHMED

KARACHI: Hours after civil society activist Jibran Nasir among 22 activists had been taken into custody from near CM House in Karachi for violating the Red Zone, police released them.



Following his release, Nasir, addressed protesters gathered outside the station. Before he left, however, he restated his 15-day ultimatum to authorities wherein he called on the government to take action against banned organisations, including the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ).

After his departure, protesters gathered at the station started to disperse.

Earlier, police had said that once family members of activists, detained for violating the Red Zone, filed an undertaking they would be released. Following that announcement, parents and relatives of several activists reached Frere Town Police Station, where most of the activists were being held.

Nasir, along with fellow protesters Khurram Zia and Shahryar Naqvi, who were leading the protest, have denied violating the red zone.



Of the activists taken into custody, four were being held at the Defence Police Station, and two at the Women's Police Station on Shahrahe Faisal.

While Nasir and other activists were being held inside, up to 200 civil society members and activists gathered outside the Frere Town police station where they chanted slogans in favour of the activists and demanded their release. "We are ready to stand in front of the barrier until our comrades come out," said one of the protesters.



Protesters outside Frere Town police station. PHOTO: MUNIRA ABBAS/EXPRESS

Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul Muslimeen's Sadiq Taqvi also joined the protesters outside the Frere Town police station. He clarified that he had come to show support as a Pakistani and not because he was a member of a religious group. "We are against terrorsits."

As the protest continued outside Frere Town police station, Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat have announced protests throughout Sindh on Friday to show solidarity with Aurangzaib Farooqui.

Earlier on Thursday, Jibran Nasir and members of the civil society were arrested earlier in the day after resuming the Shikarpur sit-in outside the CM house in Karachi, pressing the government to take swift action against Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal Jamaat’s (ASWJ) solidarity rally on Kashmir Day.



Earlier in the day, the ASWJ has also started a sit-in outside the CM House, in continuum of their rally from earlier today.



At the Kashmir Day rally, ASWJ allegedly threatened members of the civil society as well as the Sindh government for unnecessarily terming them a banned organisation.



The civil society’s 31-hour-long protest outside the CM house, from earlier this week, came to an end Tuesday night, after Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Culture Sharmila Farooqi promised that the provincial government will take stern action against “banned” militant organisations, including ASWJ.

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No official notification, however, has been taken out by the home department to outlaw ASWJ.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, “The charter of demands we came with initially has failed. But this time, we won’t stop. We will continue our sit-in till justice is served,” Nasir said.

“We’ll do a hunger strike if we have to. Allowing ASWJ, or any other outfit that incites violence, to carry out political activities openly, is a violation of the law,” he added.



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Meanwhile, in Lahore, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a proscribed militant outfit took out a solidarity rally with Kashmir. The organisation’s leader, Hafiz Saeed, addressed the crowd present.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa was added to the list of banned organisations by the interior ministry.






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Jawad U Rahman | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Arsalan: What a strange logic and narrative. Jibran has risked his life, and you think it is theatrics to earn an unknown future benefit? How many of our mainstream politicians have the courage to stand up to the militants? We would not have needed Jibrans if there were enough leaders from our political mainstream to confront the menace of terrorism. These people wasted 14 years trying to 'understand' these murderers like you suggested. You don't understand or negotiate with those who kill children, bomb funerals, burn/decapitate captives, destroy shrines and places of worship, and target all those who disagree with them. These animals need to be annihilated once and for all.
Truth | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

None of them really cares about helping or resolving the issues of the victim families. These activists are just together for their own photo session. Nothing more than a publicity stunt.

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