Rawalpindi - Defence of Human Rights Pakistan yesterday arranged a protest demonstration and candlelight vigil here on Bank Road to show solidarity with Khurram Parvez who was arrested from his home in Srinagar and then sentenced for 3 months unjust detention by Indian forces.

All the human rights activists and citizens of Jammu and Kashmir have been facing severe persecution since the escalation of atrocities during the last 80 days in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The event was the 3rd episode of the weekly protest announced by Amina Masood Janjua, the Chairperson of DHRP, after the arrest of Khurram Parvez. The participants were wearing the shirts with the image of Khurram Parvez and chanting slogan in his favour.

They said Indian forces cannot silence the voice of Kashmiri human rights defenders and if India does so, she will find their voice in every justice-loving human being around the world. The traders and civil society of the Rawalpindi were invited to light the candles.

Chairperson DHRP Amina Masood Janjua, while addressing the protestors, said, “We are so proud to have a leader like Khurram.” She said even from his unjust prison, he has given them an encouraging message of hope and commitment and of being more resolved and motivated. “We too will respond in the same way as he expects from us, with more hard work, feeling for the aggrieved, more empathic for the detained, tortured and disappeared than ever before,” she said. “In fact the fuel and strength of all our efforts should be this inextinguishable thirst for doing good for humanity and standing up for truth and justice, in spite of all the challenges,” she further said. She demanded early release of Khurram Pervaiz.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Railways Workers Union (PRWU) yesterday hosted a farewell party in honour of Railway Conductor Guard and General Secretary of the union Tariq Hussain, who is going to retire this week.

PRWU officer-bearers Mujtaba Nasir, Tahir Bhatti, Zulfiqar Khan, Raja Amjad and many others participated in the farewell party. On the occasion, District Transport Officer Hamid Ali Qureshi was the chief guest.

DTO Hamid, while speaking on the occasion, paid rich tribute to the outgoing RCG Tariq Hussain for his contribution to the betterment and revival of the department.

Tariq said the period he spent in Pakistan Railway is the best of his carrier and wished he would have spent more time in this department.

DTO Hamid Ali Qureshi and Mujtaba Nasir also presented gifts and souvenirs to outgoing RCG Tariq Hussain.