ISLAMABAD - Following the Ashura Day clashes in Rawapindi, the religious parties of the country have announced to observe November 22 (Friday) as a protest day and also three days mourning starting from today.

These factions in their separately held meetings also appealed Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of these clashes and asked the government to confine all these religious meetings and ‘Ashura processions’ to its worship places.

On the other hand, the government side, apart from holding meetings to review law and order situation in the country with special reference to Rawalpindi incident, also contacted religio-political parties to discuss the post-violence situation.

Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan made a telephonic contact with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman and Maulana Samiul Haq to discuss the post-violence situation in the city.

Whereas the religious party Wafaq-ul-Madaris, after a day-long deliberation, reached consensus to observe the coming Friday as a protest day against the Rawalpindi clashes.

They termed imposition of curfew in the city an attempt to hide the facts from people of the country. Over 50 students of the religious seminary were still missing, they feared.

Expressing serious concern, they said that neither the central government nor the provincial government formally contacted them on this sad incident.

“Wafaq-ul-Madaris will announce next strategy after the funeral prayers of persons who died in this tragic incident,” said a party member while talking to The Nation.

Condemning the government’s mismanagement, they also said warned of consequences if proper justice was not provided to them. They also recalled that Wafaq-ul-Madaris had time and again had asked the government to restrict Ashura processions to some specific area. They also urged the government to take proper notice of the situation and nab the responsible involved in this incident as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Ahle-e-Sunnat-Wal Jamat Pakistan in a different meeting appealed to the CJP to take notice of the Rawalpindi incident.

They also appealed to the government to confine religious meetings and Ashura processions should be confined to its worship places.

“We have time and again brought into the notice of the government that armed processions are dangerous for country,” said the ASWJ chief.

Agencies add: Maulana Samiul Haq called for a DPC meeting on Monday to discuss Friday’s violence in Rawalpindi.

Talking to journalists at Darul Uloom Haqqani in Akora Khattak on Saturday, Sami asked for a fair and impartial investigation into the “heinous violence” and appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice.

He expressed disappointment over the silence of the Punjab government regarding the issue.