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Ban on Shia website: Police violence against peaceful protesters in Karachi

KARACHI: Police officials resorted to using intense teargas and aerial firing to disperse a protest rally by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) near Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi, Express Newsreported on Tuesday.

The protesters wanted to go to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) office on Shahrah-e-Faisal and register their complaint against the ban on a Shia genocide watch website, shiakilling.com.

The law enforcers had told the participants of the rally that they will not be allowed to reach their destination and the protest route was blocked. However the protesters, mostly youngsters, overcame the blockade and moved on.

As noted by Nadir El-Edroos ‏on Twitter: “There is something very very wrong when, DPC, JuD, LeJ etc can rally across the country, while Shia protesters get shelled.”

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of late Benazir Bhutto, too condemned the police attack.

ShiaHazaraGirl ‏@ShiaHazara1
@AseefaBZ Did u see Police’s attack on peaceful protestors? #ShiaWebsiteBanProtest @ravezjunejo

Aseefa B Zardari ‏@AseefaBZ
Completely condemn the attack on campaign workers.4 people hve been arrested and the gov is going to take precautions to protect campaigners

Ravez Junejo ‏@ravezjunejo
Condemn police action on ‪#ShiaWebsiteBanProtest‬

Hurr ‏@Hurr51214
“We want #DontBanShiaKillingWebsite Otherwise in everycity #ShiaWebsiteBanProtest will take place”

In reaction to harsh police action, the protesters threw stones at the police officials present in the area and burnt tyres. Groups of new protesters joined the demonstration later.

At least two protesters have been arrested. Several are injured due to inhaling or direct attack by tear gas.

The block on the Shia killing watchdog site came almost a week after the regulatory body had blocked the official website of the Ahmadiyya community, which was unblocked later.

Dunya News:

Express News:

Dawn News:

Two protesters have been arrested, several injured by police shelling.





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  • Nobody supports killing of innocent people anywhere, including the poor being killed by American drones. But we really do not need sectarian websites promoting hatred by blowing minor events out of all proportion. People who are brothers and sisters ought to behave like brothers and sisters.

  • All I see a secular pro-PPP website supporting ShiaKilling.com

    Where is MWM? Where are Khums eating Mullahs?

  • کراچی : مُتعصب انتظامیہ کی مُتعصب رینجرز اور پولیس کی جانب سے نوجوانوں پر شیلنگ اور شدید فائرنگ ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ مسجد و امام بارگاہ خُراساں کے اندر مُتعدد شیل آ گرے۔۔۔۔ مسجد اور اطراف میں موجود مومنین کی حالت غیر۔۔۔۔۔۔ مومنین نوجوانوں کے لئے دُعا کریں۔

    ۔ ایک گاڑی اور اُس پر موجود سامان پر بھی قبضہ کرلیا گیا

    کہاں ہیں ہمارے لیڈران اور ٹھیکیدار ؟


  • In a first for protests, religious organisation slams website ban


    KARACHI: In what was possibly the first protest of its kind, a religious organisation was met with aerial firing by the police in Karachi, when they gathered to demonstrate against the shutdown of a Shia watchdog website.

    The Shia Action Committee was protesting the alleged ban of the website http://www.shiakilling.com, when they were stopped at downtown Karachi’s Numaish Chowrangi, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

    The protestors, who were reportedly in hundreds, set off from Shah-i-Khurasan area (Jamshed Town), chanting anti-government slogans on their way. When they reached Numaish Chowrangi, police tried to stop them, which led to an altercation between both parties. Police officials then resort to aerial firing. While the crowd dispersed to the nearby alleyways, some still managed to move past Numaish and continued with their agitation.

    A website, which monitors and maintains a “death count” of Pakistani Shia Muslims targeted in sectarian violence, has been banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, which operates on the directives of the Ministry of Information. Upon attempting to access the website, users are met with a “Access denied” message, a usual occurrence for banned websites.

    Pakistan has previously banned social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter for carrying content considered disrespectful towards Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).


  • شیعہ کمیونٹی کا قتل عام درست نہیں

    جہاں تمام دہشتگرد تنظیموں کے خلاف سخت کروائی کی ضرورت ہے
    چاہے سنی تنظیمیں ہوں یا شیعہ
    وہیں ان تمام بنیادی وجوہات کو بھی ختم کیا جاۓ جن کو بنیاد بنا کر یہ تنظیمیں اپنے کارکنوں کو ورغلاتی ہیں

    مثلا خمینی، ملا باقر مجلسی اور دیگر شیعہ علماء کی ان کتابوں کو فوری طور پر حکومتی سطح پر قابل ضبط قرار دیا جاۓ جن میں اصحاب رسول رضوان اللہ علیھم اجمعین اور امہات المومنین کے لئے انتہائی گستاخانہ اور غلیظ زبان استعمال کی گئی ہے
    اور شیعہ کمیونٹی بھی اس معاملے میں تعاون کرے اور معاملے کی نزاکت کو سمجھے

    سنی علماء اپنی اپنی مساجد میں لوگوں کو صبر و برداشت کی تلقین کریں اور اختلافی معاملات میں قانون کو ہاتھ میں لینا یا قتل و غارت گری کی مذمت کریں
    اور لوگوں کی اصلاح و تربیت کریں

    حکومت شیعہ سنی بھائی بھائی جیسے غیر منطقی نعروں پر اپنی توانائیاں خرچ کرنے کے بجاے عملی اقدامات کرے

    سنی حضرات اپنی مقدس ہستیوں کو گالیاں دینے والوں کو بھائی کبھی نہیں سمجھ سکتے
    ہاں باہمی بقا کی خاطر اور بنیادی انسانی تقاضوں کو سامنے رکھتے ہووے ایک دوسرے کو اختلاف کے باوجود برداشت کرنا لازم ہے اور قتل و غارت گری کسی طور پر قبول نہیں

    جس طرح مختلف سیاسی جماتیں اپنی مخصوص پالیسیز کی وجہ سے ایک دوسرے کی مخالفت کرتی ہیں اسی طرح شیعہ سنی مسلہ بھی ہے
    جس طرح ن لیگ پی پی پی کو
    پی ٹی آئ ن لیگ کو اور پی پی پی کو اختلاف کے
    باوجود برداشت کے ہووے ہے
    تو شیعہ سنی بھی ایک دوسرے کو برداشت کر سکتے ہیں

  • Syed:

    Pakistan is unbelievable. On one end it won’t stop laskhar e jhangvi, sipah sahaba from killing innocent shias all across the country yet they have blocked the shiakilling site which basically reports and informs people of every shia killed there. These killers and their sympathiser don’t fear God and obviously no one can do anything to them in Pakistan anyway. What a shame

  • Violence erupts as police use force to break up rally against Shia killings

    By our correspondent
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Several members of the Shia community were injured at Purani Numiash on Tuesday when police tear-gassed a demonstration against the killing of people from the sect and the blocking of a website that highlighted the murders.

    The rally, organised by the Shia Action Committee, also saw a bus getting torched. The participants wanted to stage a demonstration outside the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) office in the area to demand the reopening of the website.

    Witnesses said that demonstrators first blocked MA Jinnah and this caused a massive gridlock on both tracks of the major artery. The plan was to protest outside the PTA office and then march towards the Karachi Press Club and Sindh Governor House, but the demonstrators were halted in their tracks due to the tear-gassing of the police. Those injured in the police action were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

    Later on, the Rangers arrived at the scene and tried to convince the participants of the rally to hold their protest on the inner roads of the area and leave MA Jinnah Road to allow the smooth flow traffic. After negotiations, the protesters reached an agreement with the paramilitary force and moved to the inside lanes.

    The rally was led by Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussaini and started from the Imambargah Shah Khorasan.

    A Jaffria Alliance spokesman said that more than 27 members of the Shia community had been killed over the last two months and not a single person involved in their murders was arrested. The demonstrators chanted slogans against adviser to the prime minister on interior, Rehman Malik, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad.


  • Rally against blocking of website turns violent
    By Our Correspondent
    Published: July 18, 2012

    KARACHI: At least three passenger vehicles were set on fire on Tuesday evening when a heavy police contingent tried to stop the participants of a rally organised by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) to stop them from going towards the office of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sharae Faisal. They were protesting against the ban on a Shia website which was blocked recently by the PTA.
    The participants gathered at the Numaish Chowrangi but were stopped by the police as they advanced towards the PTA office. When the protesters refused to back down and, according to witnesses, fired in the air, the police retaliated with teargas shells and fired shot in the air. Panic and chaos ensued in the rally and the adjoining areas as three passenger buses were set ablaze in Soldier Bazaar No 3. Four protesters, including a girl and three young men, were wounded in police shelling. MA Jinnah Road was blocked for almost three hours. Four men were also detained for rioting.
    The rally participants claim that Shia residents of Soldier Bazaar arrived at Numaish Chowrangi after the teargas shells fell at Imambargah Shah-e-Khurasan at Numaish Chowrangi.
    They said that there are several websites which are being run by banned organisations but the PTA only blocked their website. According to them, the police were responsible for the violence in the rally since they were the ones who fired teargas shells.
    On the other hand, the police said that rally participants had been notified earlier that they would not be allowed to go to the PTA office. The participants, most of whom were youngsters, removed the blockades and went on to protest. The police claimed that the protesters pelted them with stones and burnt tires. They were later joined by another group.
    The rally dispersed after top police officials ensured the protesters of their full cooperation.
    The chief of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Allama Aftab Jaffery, had to come to Numaish Chowrangi and intervene between the police and the protesters.
    Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussain, who led the rally, said that the protest ended after the police ensured him of their full cooperation and release of the detained protesters and vehicles. He said that the police had also promised to allow a delegation of 15 Shia leaders to go to the PTA office and try to persuade them to unblock the website.

    Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2012.


  • میں نے کیا دیکھا؟

    میں اس پورے احتجاج میں شریک تھا مجھے برا تعجب ہوا کہ ایک معمولی سی ویب سائٹ کے حق میں احتجاج کو روکنے کے لیے اتنی ساری نفری تعینات کی گئی۔ رینجرز ہیڈ کواٹر کے دستے اُن احتجاج میں شریک مطاہرین کو روکنے کے لیے بھیجے گئے۔ میں نے کود پولیس موبائل گنی تو موبائل کی تعداد 30 سے اوپر تھی۔ دو پولیس کمانڈوں کی بس بھی آئی ہوئی تھی یاد رہے کہ ایک بس میں 40 پولیس کمانڈو سوار تھے۔ اس کا مظلب صرف پولیس کمانڈوں کی تعداد 80 کے لھگ بھگ تھی۔

    اب دوسری طرف آئے 30 پولیس موبائل تھی اگر ایک موبائل میں 4 اہلکار بھی سوار تھے تو کم از کم بھی اہلکاروں کی تعداد 120 ہوئی۔ اور سب سے اہم بات ایک وقت میں 4 ایس پی موقعے پر موجود تھے کود ڈی آئی جی بھی اس چھوٹے سے مظاہرے کا جائزہ لینے پہچے۔ کیا عجیب بات نہیں کہ ایک چھوٹی سے ویب سائٹ کی بندش کے خلاف احتجاج کرنے والوں پر اتھی بھاری نفر کیوں تعینات کی گئ؟

    رینجرز کی طرف آتے ہے۔ رینجرز کی 18 موبائل موجود تھی ایک موبائل میں کم از کم بھی 5 اہلکار سوار ہوتے ہے اس کا مطلب 80 رینجرز کے اہلکار موجود تھے اور سب سے اہم بات رینجرز کے 2 جرنل ایک وقت میں ایک ریلی کو روکنے کوشش کررہے تھے۔

    مکمل تعداد 300 سے کے قریب بنتی ہے۔ یہ تعداد میں جان بوجھ کے بہت کم بتائی کہ کوئی شک نا کریں، ایک اور بات بار بار جرنل کو ہدایت دی جارہی تھی کہ ان کو روکو ان کو آنے مت دینا۔ میں آج ابھی پریشان ہوں کہ آخر انتظامیہ اس ریلی کو اتنی سنجیدگی سے کیوں لے رہی تھی؟ ایک چھوٹی سے ویب سائٹ جس کو اکثریت جانتی بھی نہیں تھی تو اُس ویب سائٹ کی بندش کے خلاف احتجاج کرنے والے 700 سے 800 مظاہرین کو روکنے کے لیے اتنی نفری؟

    میری عقل سے بلکل باہر ہےیہ معاملہ جو کراچی میں رہتا ہے وہ جانتا ہے کہ کراچی میں تو روزانہ ریلی ہوتی رہتی ہے یہ کوئی اہم بات نہیں بلکہ اب تو ہم کراچی والے اس بات کے عادی ہوچکے ہے۔ مگر اس ریلی میں ایسی کیا بات تھی جو خود اعلی افسران نگرانی کررہے تھے؟؟ اور بیچاری حکومتی وزیر اور ارکان اسمبلی بلکل بکری نظر آرہے تھے

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