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Pakistanis in Britain protest against state-sponsored Shia genocide on the arrival of PM Gilani

Thursday, 10 May 2012: Hundreds of Pakistanis in the UK protested against Shia genocide in Pakistan at 10 Downing Street, London. The protest was organized by the Majlis-e-Ulama Shia Europe (Shia Scholar Council of Europe).

The participants protested against the ongoing genocide of Shia Muslims across various parts of Pakistan right from Parachinar to Karachi and from Quetta to Gilgit Baltistan. They expressed their anger at the enabling of further Shia genocide by Pakistan army through the creation of the so called “Defence of Pakistan Council” comprising the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (Jamaat-ud-Dawa).

A petition was delivered for the Pakistani Prime Minister who was in 10 Downing Street at the time of protest.

The protest was generally ignored by Pakistan’s right wing journalists as well as pseudo-liberal journalists most of whom remain loyal to Pakistan’s military establishment.

According to daily The News:

An unprecedented level of protests met Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as he arrived at 10 Downing Street to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday.

The protestors from Majlis-e-Ulema Shia Europe began gathering outside the residence of the British prime minister an hour before Prime Minister Gilaniís arrival.

Pakistan Peopleís Party (PPP) activists had also gathered outside Number 10 to greet Prime Minister Gilani and to protest the judicial decision convicting him for contempt of court, but it was clear from the start that anti-Shia genocide protesters greatly outnumbered the pro-PPP activists.

The scale of the protests was so extreme that even Prime Minister Cameron asked the Pakistani premier if he felt safe walking around in London knowing that some activists were staging vociferous protests against him. While tens of thousands of protesters marched outside Downing Street against David Cameronís increasingly unpopular government and the austerity cuts as the two premiers met, on his way to a luncheon at the Savoy Hotel, Cameron joked with Prime Minister Gilani by asking him if the latter felt comfortable taking a short stroll to the venue amidst the protests.

On a lighter note, Prime Minister Gilani told Pakistanis present at the gathering, ìWhen we were coming to launch Conservative Friends of Pakistan in the same car, David Cameron asked me if I would like to take a walk knowing that PML-N and other protesters are out there.

Meanwhile, bitter and angry Shia protesters alleged that the PPP-led government had failed to protect the Shia community in Pakistan and that the leaders had failed to prosecute even a single terrorist involved in sectarian killings.

Syed Ali Raza, the leader of the protesters told The News: “We are saddened by this visit because the prime minister has failed to account the genocide of thousands of innocent people. Therefore we are demanding that Prime Minister Gilani return immediately back to Pakistan to share in the sadness of weeping widows, orphaned children and mothers who have lost their support of life. We want to make it clear to the prime minister that we will not tolerate the criminal negligence of [the] Pakistani government on the genocide of the Shia people. We will use every platform to raise our voice against the oppression on Shias in Pakistan.”

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  • Britain’s former Home Secretary Alan Johnson joined hundreds of protestors outside the High Commission of Pakistan here to condemn the wave of killings of Shia Muslims in Pakistan.

    The Labour MP criticised Pakistani government for failing to take effective steps against the sectarian killers who persecute Shia Muslims routinely and with impunity.

    “I am here to stand in solidarity with Hazaras (Ethnic of Shia Muslims) who face ethnic cleaning in Balochistan yet the government of Pakistan is showing no concern. In the last 10 years more than 700 Shia Muslims have been killed which is a scandal. The government doesn’t seem concerned and has shown no interest in catching the killers,” said the former Home Secretary, who called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik, his former counterpart, to take action and not only rely on issuing statements.

    The protest organised by Shias living in the UK from various towns and cities, many of them direct victims of sectarian terrorism unleashed by banned sectarian groups Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jehangvi and other pro-Taleban/Al-Qaeda militants who target Shia Muslims due to their distinctive features.

    Ali Raza Mogul told the protestors that Shias were forced to come outside Pakistan High Commission after failing to get any attention from the Pakistani government over the heart-wrenching killings. “There is a heavy presence of the law-enforcement agencies in Quetta city but it is matter of great concern that Shias get killed on daily basis. The government has failed to catch terrorists.”

    Syed Inayat Shah said that terrorists had been given free hand by the state security agencies to act as it suited them. He said Lashkar-e-Jangvi had publicly claimed that it will turn Quetta city into a big graveyard of Hazara Shias but no action was taken against them. He criticised Rehman Malik and Balochistan’s Chief Minister Nawab Raisani only played to the cameras and were concerned about their own media publicity and were “involved in the politics of dead bodies”. He said Hazaras didn’t enjoy political and financial might in the country and that was the reasons why the establishment didn’t want to upset the ruthless sectarian elements who were still seen as “security assets” in some circles.

    The protestors presented a memorandum to Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan’s High Commission to the UK and stated how different meetings with the High Commission officials had failed to produce any results, forcing Hazara Shias to protest on the streets of London.

    The memorandum said: “We have had no option but to gather here to cry out loudly so that our voices are heard by those responsible for the safety and security of innocent Shias of Quetta. If this doesn’t work and the government continues to give us the impression that our community members in Quetta are living in Jungle, we will have to seek recourse to further legal but more radical avenues for the redress of our grievances. This may please be noted for your record.” They demanded that the genocide of Shia Muslims be immediately stopped; the government work out a viable plan to initiate a comprehensive and rigorous targeted operation against the LeJ terrorists and all other religious militants in and around Quetta city immediately; and that the victims and the affected families must be financially supported in order that they can overcome financial constraints.


  • I am no fan of PM Gilani but Shias should also beware of ISI’s new agents aka MWM molvis who are best friends of Imran Khan and General Hamid Gul. They have already started selling Shias blood for cheap political slogans against Israel, India, USA while remaining silent on mother of all terrorists, Pakistan army.

  • Yes ISI IS the ACTUAL Killer of Shias and Brailvis in Pakistan

    ISI is being heavily funded by Sudia and America for killing Shias and Brailvis, whom they think to be Kafir and Mushrik respectively

    This Genocide WILL iNCREASE UNTI Shias and Brailvis unite

  • برطانیہ کی شیعہ تنظمیوں کے کارکنوں نے بھی ٹین ڈاؤننگ سٹریٹ کے سامنے مظاہرہ کیا۔ مظاہرین نے شیعہ فرقے سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد کو تحفظ فراہم کرنے کا مطالبہ کیا۔
    مظاہرے میں عورتوں اور بچوں کی بڑی تعداد موجود تھی جنہوں نے پلے کارڈز اٹھائے ہوئے تھے اور ان پر طالبان کے خلاف نعرے درج تھے۔

    شیعہ علماء یورپ کے سیکریٹری اطلاعات عظمت عباس نے مظاہرے کے دوران بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ایک طرف تو اہل تشیع کے خلاف بین الاقوامی سازش جاری ہے دوسری طرف پاکستان کی سکیورٹی ایجنسیز میں کچھ ایسے انتہا پسند عناصر گھس گئے ہیں جو اپنے سوا کسی کو مسلمان تسلیم کرنے کے حق میں نہیں ہے