You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lahore protests against Terrorism, Talibanisation

The Lahorites protested in numbers, conflicting reports put the protesters between 2,000 and 5,000, against the terrorism, violence by Taliban including the flogging of a minor girl in Swat.

The rally is part of a series of protests called upon by Human Rights Comission of Pakistan, Student Action Committee, Pakistan Awami Party & Labour Party of Pakistan.

The rally included people from differrent walks of life, political workers, Human Rights workers, student unions, labour and trade unions, husewives, children, and working class people. Thus Civil society members in general protested against a recent upsurge in violence, by religious extremeists dug in the northern part of the country.

Prominent people in the protest included Asma Jehangir, Prof. Salima Hashmi , Jugnu Mohsin, Dr. Wahab Alvi, Yousaf Baluch ,Sher Mohammed and Iqbal Haider.

Protest Against terrorism in Islamabad,

Human Rights Activists, Journalists, Students, Youth Organisations and Civil Society activists held a protest against the Terrorism near press club, Islamabad, yesterday. The protestors demanded a swift action against those responsible for terrorism, especially the recent incident of public flogging in Swat.

an overwhelming majority of the protestors were women.

Various protests against flogging of a minor girl in Swat

Dawn News* reported in it's April 5th issue, that various protests against the flogging of a minor girl were staged in differrent parts of the country.

Reported protests include two demonstrations in Multan by the Aurat Foundation, the South Asia Partnership, Pakistan, the Violence Against Women Group and the Legislative Watch Group and the Pattan Development Organisation.

The MQM in Karachi organised a black flag day to protest against "the growing incidents of terrorism in the country including flogging of a minor girl"

Punjab NGOs Forum's Zohra Sajjad Zaidi claimed to have organised protests in 13 districts of southern Punjab.

In Khairpur, the Sindhi Speakers’ Forum condemned the incident.

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National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) protest in Karachi

The Karachi based, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) organized a rally against the growing incidents of terrorism and violence against women in Swat, at the press club,
They demandedthat the "government to take practical steps to stop violence against women and to effectively counter the growing threat of Talibanisation in the country. "