SHAFAQNA – A rally was organised by the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) on Saturday to condemn the massacre of Shia Muslims allegedly carried out by Nigerian troops in the city of Zaria.
The rally, which started from the Mazar-e-Quaid and ended at the Karachi Press Club (KPC), was attended by scores of protesters, holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of Shia Muslims in Nigeria and asking the international community to probe the massacre.
They also demanded the immediate release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki, chief of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), who has been taken into custody.
Maulana Ahmed Iqbal, Allama Nisar Ahmed Qalandari, Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussain, Maulana Sadiq Taqvi and others addressed the rally at the KPC.
“We condemn the 39-hour-long onslaught by the Israeli-funded Nigerian Army against the Shia Muslims and demand of the international community and the human rights organisations to send their delegations to probe the genocide of Shia Muslims,” a leader said.
Allama Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi said the IMN and its chief Sheikh Zakzaki were the only voice of the oppressed Muslims of Palestine in Africa, and alleged that the Nigerian Army on the directives of Israel were trying to eliminate the entire leadership of the IMN to end their voices.
“We also condemn the criminal silence of the international community and the world media on the Zaria massacre where Nigerian army killed more than 1,000 peaceful Shia citizens because of their stands in support of Palestine.”
The speakers also condemned the news that Pakistan would extend its support to the Saudi-led coalition.
“The collation is made by the United States and Israel to divide the Muslim Ummah and we demand of the Government of Pakistan to immediately announce the withdrawal from this coalition,” a leader said.
Condemning the blast in Parachinar, the speakers demanded of a ruthless operation against the banned outfits across the country. They said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan “had failed to achieve the desired results”.