LAHORE - Protests demonstrations and statements in condemnations against the execution of Mumtaz Qadri continued by religious parties leaders on second day.

The religious parties also organised absentia funeral prayers of Qadri at different places. They also announced holding major protest demonstrations on Friday.

The Jamiat Ulam-e-Islam-F, Aalmi Majlise Khatam-e-Nabowat and Jamaat-e-Islami held separate protests against the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri. JUI-F held protest outside Lahore Press Club while JI held protests at Mansoora. The protesters carrying placards and banners chanted slogans against the PML-N government and said the blood of Qadri would not go in vain.

Absentia funeral prayer of Mumtaz Qadrfi was offered at Mansoora lawns on Tuesday afternoon. The JI workers and the residents of the surrounding area joined the prayer. JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch led the prayer which was also attended by JI deputy chief Hafiz Idrees, Maulana Abdul Malik and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Liaqat Baloch said that Mumtaz Qadri had earned a distinct place by embraced martyrdom whereas those executing him had blackened their faces by themselves.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif claimed himself to be Quaid Sani, but he was practically negating the Quaid e Azam’s principles. He said that the Quaid-e- Azam had fought Ghazi Ilmud Din’s case while Nawaz Sharif had hanged a lover of the Holy Prophet.

He said that by sending Mumtaz Qadri to the gallows, the rulers had placed the yoke of masses hatred around their neck. He said the nation would never forgive this sin of the rulers and would unite on the issue to avenge Mumtaz Qadri’s martyrdom.

Baloch said that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam, and nobody could end its ideological character.

The JI secretary general condemned the total blackout of Mumtaz Qadri’s execution by the media. He said the JI had always fought for the freedom of the press and had also undergone imprisonments for this cause.

He counseled the media houses not to stifle the masses voice and warned that if the rulers ever placed restrictions on the media, the masses would not come out in their support.