Protests for Hazara Community Continue in Karachi

Following the inhumane attack on Sunday, where Shia Hazara miners were murdered, people across Pakistan have held protests for the Hazara community.

Following the killing of Shia Hazara Miners near Machh in Balochistan, the Hazara community has taken to the roads and held several protests all over the country to demand justice and rights for Shia Hazara Muslims. Similarly, the protests for the Hazara community have been taking place in Karachi as well, and today marks the consecutive day.

The media has shown ample smoke and protestors burn tires and woods, in an attempt to disrupt traffic. According to a police update, the protest for the Hazara community today, 6th January 2021, was organized by the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) and is happening at several places across Karachi, including Abbas Town, Abul Hasan Ispahani Road, Kamran Chowrangi at Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Power House Chowrangi in North Karachi, M. A. Jinnah Road, Sharea Faisal and Malir 15. One track of the Shara e Faisal was also closed for traffic, according to the update.

Moreover, Karachi traffic police said the protests for the Hazara community have also spread to other areas of the city as well including Nipa Chowrangi. It said the road leading from Capri Cinema to Guru Mandir was closed for traffic and directed people to use the Soldier Bazaar route.

The DIG Police, Iqbal Dara, said that he personally visited these locations along with other officials to ensure that traffic is not disrupted and has claimed that several policemen were to be stationed in all locations across Karachi to monitor the protests for the Hazara community.

Previously, on Monday, members of the Hazara community performed sit-ins as protests for the Hazara community, demanding their rights in numerous areas in Karachi such as Abbas Town, Numaish, and outside the Karachi Press Club. As well as, in several areas in Quetta.

Over 200 men, women, and children from the Hazara community had gathered at the KPC, demanding that Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and Chief of Army Staff General, Qamar Javed Bajwa, ensure the safety of their community. They held red and green flags printed with “Ya Hussain”, in protest, many other youngsters were seen holding placards that urged that “ethnic cleansing” of Hazaras to be stopped.

Ever since the attack on Sunday and the footage being posted online, the MWM has organized several protests for the Hazara Community in Karachi. “If someone really is concerned about our security and the tragedy we are facing, it must be reflected by their moves,” said Maulana Sadiq Jaffery, the senior leader of the MWM, while addressing the protesters at Numaish yesterday.

“It’s so unfortunate the presence of hundreds of women and children [in] chilling cold in Quetta has not inspired the authorities. These protesters want peace, not violence or bloodshed. So protest for the Hazara community is the only option left for us to convey our concerns which will continue.” Along with the MWM, the Shia Ulema Council, Jafria Alliance, Imamia Students Organisation and Jafria Students Organisation also participated in the protest.

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