Former Minister Iqbal Haider express concern on Talibanization of Pakistan & genocide of Shia Muslims
Senator (R) Iqbal Haider, President of the Forum for Secular Pakistan and Former Federal Minister for Human Rights, Law & Justice, has expressed concern, grief and condemnation of unchecked, unrestrained and repeated barbaric killings and victimization of Shia Muslims all over Pakistan in particular in KPK, Chitral, Gilgit, Baltistan, Hangu, Karachi and Baluchistan as well as continuing harassment, victimization and killing or forced conversion of Ahmadis, Christians, Sikh and/or Hindu community, who are forced to leave their places of residence for protection of their life and properties.
Senator Haider strongly condemn physical attack on the op-ed editor of The News, Zain-ul-Abedin outside his house by group of religious fanatics who had beaten and abused him and threatened to kill him if he did not stop watching TV, listening Qawwalis or music even in his own house because according to these bigots TV, music and Qawwalis, are evil sins. This is unforgiveable attack on freedom of expression as well as part of the scheme to Talibanize Pakistan by terrorising, threatening and intimidating the journalists and other sections of society.
Senator Haider hailed speech of Mr. Altaf Hussain while addressing on September 2, the religious Leaders of various sects of Muslims to strengthen “Ittehad Bainul Muslameen”. He greatly appreciated and supported his efforts, sentiments and appeal made by Mr. Altaf Hussain to promote peaceful coexistence amongst all sections of the society and to stop the genocide, harassment and victimization of Shia Muslims, Ahmadadis and other non Muslims in Pakistan.
Senator Haider asserted that the unchecked and unending premeditated barbarism, unleashed by Taliban and their supporters in Pakistan who are following one peculiar sect of Wahibism against Shia Muslims, Ahmadis and non Muslims, appears to be under the patronage and with the support of Civil and Military Establishment of Pakistan as well as of their Intelligence Agencies to implement a well conceived plan to allow Talibanization of Pakistan and convert it into a Wahabi State. If this is not a fact then what is the justification for perpetual criminal silence of most of the religious parties belonging to this particular sect as well as most of the political parties including the ruling parties and the newly emerged so called “Champion of Democracy” on this spate of genocide and victimization of the aforesaid sects of Muslims and non-Muslims communities in Pakistan who have every right to live in Pakistan.
Senator Haider also questioned the consistent failure of the Law Enforcement Agencies and their Intelligence Agencies in protecting not only the life and properties of the citizens but also of our soldiers, para-military forces, Rangers, Police etc., who have been brutally killed in unprecedented high number of thousands with impunity. These consistent pattern of successful attacks of Talibans on our citizens and military installations compel us to call upon our Civil and Military Establishment to disclose on whose side are they ? Are they for the protection of our citizens particularly Shia Muslims, Ahmadis and other Non-Muslims or their role and object is confined to patronize, grant immunity and licence to the terrorist of a particular sect to kill all other citizens and talibanize Pakistan.
Senator Haider demanded that to disprove the aforesaid perception of the people supported by undeniable facts, the civil and military Establishment must act with sincerity and all the force at their command to eliminate Taliban and their supporters instead of allowing elimination of the Shia Muslims, Ahmadis, Hindus, Christians and Sikh etc., from the soil of Pakistan.
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