ISLAMABAD: The leadership of the Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen (MWM) has declared a hunger strike starting on Friday, to protest the recent wave of sectarian killings, particularly in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Led by their leader Allama Nasir Abbas, a number of MWM office bearers and workers jointed the hunger strike camp set up outside the National Press Club. The Sunni Itehad Council, led by Sahidzada Hamid Raza, has also extended support for the hunger strike.
Speaking to the press from the camp, Mr Abbas said: “Anti-state elements are conspiring to divide society on the basis of sect and religion, and this is the first towards the collapse of the system.”
He said the party had opted for peaceful ways to highlight the community’s suffering, and would not fall into the trap laid by those conspiring against the country by reacting violently.
“These powers want us to become violent too, but it will eventually trigger civil war in Pakistan – and we will never be part of any game to damage the country,” he said, adding: “At the same time we criticise the authorities for failing to protect the lives of ordinary citizens.”
Mr Abbas lashed out at the KP government’s response to a surge in target killings over the last six months.
“The PTI government has not even condemned the sectarian killings, besides, the recent shooting of peaceful protestors by the FC in Parachinar is deplorable,” he said.
The MWM also held a protest rally from the G-6 imambargah to the NPC in this regard. It also released a set of ten demands from its hunger strike camp, which includes a nationwide operation against terror groups involved in sectarian killings.
They also demanded action under the National Action Plan against proscribed outfits active under new names, and the transfer of cases related to attacks on imambargahs and processions to the military courts. The MWM also demanded a commission over the recent killings by Frontier Corps in Parachinar and called for legal action against the political agent and assistant political agent.