ISLAMABAD – Wafaqul Madaras Al-Arbia Pakistan, Defa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Ahle Sunnat Waljamat (ASWJ) and other religious parties and organizations would observe Friday (today) as protest day against the Rawalpindi tragedy.
Wafaqul Madaras and religious parties appealed to the masses to avoid sabotaging and burning the public property, saying that people should protest by keeping in the legal limits.
This is the country-wide protest against the killings of students of the religious seminary and the worshippers in the mosque and setting on fire the Darul Uloom Tehleemul Quran and trade centre at Raja Bazaar in Rawalpindi on the tenth of Muharram.
In view of the call for staging the country-wide protest, the federal government has directed the provincial governments to take special security measures and the government also decided to make the districts peace committees active..
The government also advised the provincial governments for holding the joint meetings of the Ulema for giving the message of harmony among the different sects.
Secretary General of Wafaq Ul Madaras Al-Arbia Pakistan, Maulana Muhammad Hanif Jalindhari has made it clear in his statement that they would not be content with the lip-service and the provoked people cannot be calmed unless the responsibles of the Rawalpindi tragedy are taken to task.
He said that guarantee of peace is enshroud in the implementation of the promises and assurances of the government.
All the religious parties supported the announcement of the Wafaq Ul Madaras and appealed the whole nation to avoid sabotaging and setting the public property on fire.
They also said that the Ulema should raise their voice for the immediate implementation of the assurances of the government and they should demand the arrest of the murders and make the public aware of the facts regarding the Rawalpindi incident.
Meanwhile, ban has been imposed on every kind of meetings and rallies in the federal capital, Islamabad today (Friday). The services of rangers have been got in view of the law and order situation.
An important meeting headed by Chief Commissioner Rawalpindi was held in Islamabad on Thursday. It was considered in the meeting to deploy extra contingent of army and rangers in the strained areas instead of imposing curfew.
It was decided to seal the red zone and containers would be placed in case of possibility of rallies and protest processions.
There would be ban on the use of loud speakers in the city and legal proceeding would be initiated against the people who would deliver provoked speeches.
Security of the Imambargahs and Madaras has been tightened and the law enforcement agencies proposed to the administration to impose curfew. It was also ordered to record the Friday sermons in the mosques of the tense areas.