Karachi vows it will ‘Never Forget’ APS victims
The civil society on Friday organised a protest and candle-light vigil at the Do Talwar roundabout to remember and honour the children who died in the brutal attack on Army Public School, Peshawar.
The demonstration was part of the nation-wide “Never Forget” campaign. Similar vigils were simultaneously held in a number of cities of the countries including Islamabad, Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Quetta, Sukkur and Hyderabad to mark the one-month anniversary of the school massacre.
The protesters held posters paying tributes to the unsung heroes of terrorism who had died while trying to save others. The heroes included grade-nine student Aitzaz Hasan who blew himself up with a suicide bomber to save his school, APS teacher Fariha Qazi who was burnt alive by terrorists while trying to protect her students, Lt Col Haroon-ul-Islam who was martyred in the Laal Masjid operation, late Benazir Bhutto and social activist Parween Rahman.
The banners held by them were inscribed with slogans such as, “Reclaim your mosques”, “Arrest Abdul Aziz”and “Silence is Criminal”.
Prominent personalities of the country’s civil society took part in the demonstration. They included T2F’s founder Sabeen Mehmud, Jinnah Institute Director Raza Rumi, journalist Beena Sarwar, writer Rumana Hasan and columnist Mohsin Sayeed.
Leaders of political parties also threw in their two bits. A message board had been set up at Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA Ali Raza Abidi’s restaurant, Biryani Of The Seas, where participants of the vigil used to write their messages on. Pakistan Peoples Party vice chairman Sherry Rehman and adviser to chief minister MNA Nafisah Shah also paid a visit to express solidarity with the initiative of the civil society to take a stand against terrorism.
Altaf’s demand of arrests
The founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr. Altaf Hussain demanded immediate arrest of patrons of the murderers of the innocent children of Army Public School Peshawar.
In a statement issued from London Secretariat, MQM Chief said that the 16th December 2014 was the blackest day in the history of the country. He said that the ruthless terrorists killed at least 142 people, including students and teachers.
Hussain said that even after a month had passed, no arrest of the patrons and facilitators was yet made.
He said that the parents of the deceased children were in grave pain and agony. He said that it was the government’s responsibility to provide justice to the bereaved families.
He demanded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Governor KP Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak to arrest the facilitators and patrons of the ruthless murderers. He said that the patrons of the terrorists should be brought to the justice and affective safety measures should be taken in schools to preempt such incidents.
Meanwhile, The MQM Coordination Committee appealed to the people, especially Karachiites not to donate money in the name of MQM and said to inform MQM if someone asked money from them.
The Coordination Committee said that it came to its notice that some groups in the country, especially in Karachi demanded money from traders, shopkeepers and others using the names of members of Coordination Committee, MNAs, MPAs and office-bearers of various central departments.
The Committee appealed to the people to immediately contact on the numbers given below or police help line number ‘15’ and registered the complain about such people or groups. It said that the name of person who reported against such culprits would be kept confidential.
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