SIALKOT/BAHAWALNAGAR

People from different walks of life here protested against the terrorist attack on the residency of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Ziarat and other bomb blasts in Quetta.

The people of Sialkot including local politicians, traders, human rights activists and representatives of non-profit organisations staged a sit-in in Sialkot city’s congested Allama Iqbal Chowk. Wearing black armbands and carrying protest banners inscribing the slogans against terrorism, they also chanted anti-terrorism slogans.

The people marched on city roads to lodge their strong protest against the attack on Ziarat Residency. Mehar Ghulam Mujtaba (President Markazi Anjuman Tajraan Sialkot) led the rally. They strongly condemned the attack and bomb blast in Quetta, in which 23 people had been martyred by the terrorists. They regretted the attack on Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta. In Ziarat Residency, Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Ishaq Butt (Chairman All Pakistan Dry Ports Association) termed it an attack on Ideology of Pakistan, demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators and a stern legal action against them.

Likewise, Bahawalnagar Press Club strongly condemned the bomb attack on Quaid’s residency in Ziarat and killings in Quetta. An emergency meeting of the Press Club was held in which the journalists strongly resented the destruction of Quaid’s residency and regretful killings in Quetta.

The meeting was presided over by Gulzar Ahmad Chaudhry, president of BPC. A condemnation resolution against the incidents was also adopted unanimously. On the occasion, journalists including Sohail Khan, Shahid Nazar, Sajjad Haider, Muhammad Ahmad, Ghulam Rasool, Amir Javed and Zahoor Ahmad expressed their regret and demanded that the government should take immediate action against the responsible person. The meeting concluded with Fateha Khwani for the deceased.