BAHAWALPUR - Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) organised a rally for the restoration of Bahawalpur and to condemn target killings of religions scholars and students here the other day.

A large number of office-bearers, activists and supporters of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) participated in the rally which was led by ASWJ chief Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi. The rally started from Azam Chowk and after passing through Fareed Gate reached Sutlej Bridge.

The participants were demanding the restoration of provincial status Bahawalpur and protection of ASWJ workers.

Addressing to the rally, Maulana Ludhianvi said that the ASWJ workers were being targeted throughout the country especially in Karachi.

He alleged that the government was usurping rights of the ASWJ and failed to provide protection to its leaders and activists. He termed the target killers a 'band of hired' assassins and marauders' carrying out their nefarious designs to defame Islam and its teachings.

He said that Sunni leaders and workers were being killed in Karachi through a conspiracy. He said that terrorists were busy in their activities in the city, but the administration took no action against them, adding that the PPP government had failed to restore peace in Karachi.

He demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in killing of the ASWJ workers and a punitive action against them.

More than 600 funerals were offered throughout the country and more than 50 people were killed in Karachi only in the previous year but not a single person could be arrested, he claimed

He said that ASWJ Quaid Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi sacrificed his life but never let down the flag of Islam and the party would continue his mission in letter and spirit.

He demanded of the government to step down in the larger interest of the country as it had failed miserably to maintain law and order in Balochistan.

He vowed to continue struggle for the restore the Bahawalpur Provincial status on administrative basis not on lingual basis.