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Hash
23rd July 2005, 19:57
MMA’s ‘protest day’ falls flat

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/images/23_7_2005_demo-2.jpg * Protesters in capital attack policemen
* No rally organised in Peshawar

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHAWAR: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s (MMA) call for nationwide protests fell flat on Friday with rallies in big cities failing to attract more than a few hundred people. :))) :))) :))) The MMA led these demonstrations to protest the ongoing crackdown against seminaries and the arrest of religious activists.

While most protests were noisy but peaceful, youths in Islamabad smashed and set ablaze a police motorcycle and attacked a police kiosk with sticks. The MMA activists gathered at the Aabpara Chowk after Friday prayers and shouted anti-government slogans accusing the government of initiating the raids on seminaries at the behest of western countries. The demonstrators turned unruly and set a policeman’s motorbike on fire and also pelted stones at a police check-post and vehicles parked in the market. Two policemen were also injured after furious demonstrators chased the policemen deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

Addressing the rally, Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz, member of the National Assembly (MNA) from Kohat, condemned the raid on a women’s seminary, Jamia Hifsa, and accused the police of torturing the female students there. He alleged that a pregnant teacher had suffered a miscarriage due to the baton charge by police. He demanded the registration of a case against the police officials responsible for the incident. Mian Muhammad Aslam, MNA from Islamabad, criticised President Pervez Musharraf’s policies and said that no seminary student was involved in the London blasts.

The MMA also staged a rally in Raja Bazaar, Rawalpindi, to protest the raid on Jamia Hifsa. Police have reported the incident in its daily diary and would register a case against the demonstrators with the consent of their senior officials. A senior police official told Daily Times that the police were being careful about the protests after the reshuffle of senior police officials due to mishandled raids on seminaries.

Meanwhile, police and other law enforcement agencies surrounded important buildings to avoid any unpleasant incident during the MMA’s protest rally in the federal capital. Police were deployed in large numbers at Parliament House and the Diplomatic Enclave.

MMA Deputy Secretary General Liaqat Baloch led a demonstration outside Mansoora in Lahore. Addressing the protesters, Baloch, who is also the ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Punjab, said that British investigators had failed to track those responsible for the blasts in London and instead accused the bombers of being Pakistanis and linked them with seminaries without any evidence.

Baloch said that President Musharraf and other senior government officials, including Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, had visited several seminaries in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and other parts of the country and had praised their role in promoting knowledge and moral values.

Delivering the Friday sermon at the Mansoora Mosque, JI Secretary General Syed Munawar Hasan said that the MMA was exposing the secular agenda of the government so that the people could know the reality behind the crackdown on seminaries and religious parties. “The raid on Jamia Hifsa and torture of female students of the seminary is the real face of the government’s extremism against Islam,” he said, adding that the religious alliance was not against the registration of seminaries.

In Peshawar, no protest was staged as announced by the MMA central leadership. However, prayer leaders in their Friday sermons in the city’s main mosques condemned the government’s campaign against seminaries.

MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed in his Friday sermon at Al-Markaz-e-Islami accused President General Pervez Musharraf of following the western agenda.

No MMA leader was available for comment on why the MMA did not stage demonstrations in the city. :))) :))) :)))

The MMA protest day was also observed in Faisalabad with rallies in various parts of the city. The religious alliance adopted resolutions condemning the raids on seminaries and the arrest of religious activists.


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Monsee
24th July 2005, 05:10
And someone the other day was saying there are millions of terrorists in Pakistan, especially the ones who follow MMA!

I can clearly see all those lining up in Pakistan, just as this news story tells us...NOT:))) :))
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Hussain
24th July 2005, 16:29
if u add together the total attendance off all the MMA million march

u ll get close to a million

so they ll get there by the time next elections are due :))) :))

Monsee
24th July 2005, 17:50
if u add together the total attendance off all the MMA million march

u ll get close to a million

so they ll get there by the time next elections are due :))) :))



By reading the reports...it looks more like "Thousands" rather than Millions:))) cause I am sure most of the crowd was part of the usual "Onlookers", which is a rather favorite activity in Pak

Last time, in 2000, I went to get a watch fixed by a street vendor...while he was fixing the watch, there were several fellows who were standing next to us, watching in complete awe, the "Ancient, fascinating, and World famous art of Watch Repair":)) :D
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Talha
24th July 2005, 21:23
some pics of the protest

Hashim
24th July 2005, 22:52
Mash'Allaah may Allaah reward them for their efforts. There always be those in the ummah to speak out against injustice and may Allaah aid them insh'Allaah.

Amir_rulez
28th July 2005, 14:40
Mashallah, may Allah reward them w/ some brain as well, for their efforts. There always will be Mullahs in the ummah who will be really selective in registering their protest against injustice and may Allah aid them inshallah.

Amir_rulez
28th July 2005, 14:42
and Talha thnx for posting pics... i counted them all and the total attendance comes out to be 101. Thats quite an achievment.