Speakers at various meetings called upon the people to beware of the conspiracies being hatched by anti-Islam and anti-state elements to pitch Muslims against Muslims thereby destabilising the country to achieve their vested interests.

A meeting of the Aman Committee was also held here under the chairmanship of DSP Saddar Khuda Yar. The DSP urged the members of the Peace Committee to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the area. Later, Fateha was offered for the departed souls.

It was attended among others by Syed Musaddaq Hussain Ghaznavi, Liaqat Zawar Khanoo of Shia Community, Sheikh Muhammad Amjad, the president of Markazi Anjuman Tajran, Rana Khalid Mehmood, president of Awami Mahaz, and Pir Usman Shah. They pledged to maintain peace in the area.

Addressing a press conference, Muhammad Usman Haider Navqi, the president of Sunni Tehrik’s Hafizabad, said, “All people should keep a vigilant eye on the anti-state and disruptive elements.” He called upon Ulema not to utter a single word which might injure the sentiments of other sects for maintaining brotherhood in the country.

Meanwhile, a large number of Ulema assembled in Madrassa Qasimul Aloom Hafizabad and strongly condemned the Rawalpindi incident and termed the attack on Muslim Ummah. The meeting expressed its concern over the failure of government in providing security on the occasion.

The meeting also demanded immediate arrest of the responsible persons who had ruined the peaceful atmosphere in the country. Prominent among those who attended the meeting included MalikMuhammad Akhtar, Rana Jamshed Tabasum Bamboo, Hafiz Ejaz Ahmad, Amanullah Chatha, Liaqat Ali, Muhammad Azam, Ghulam Mohayyuddin, Allama Ahmad Saeed Awan, Muhammad Azhar Iqbal, Maulana Abdul Razzaq, Hakeem Muhammad Iqbal and Zafar Iqbal.

In Chiniot, Malik Rab Nawaz Advocate, the president of a lawyers forum, Abdul Waris, Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Syed Noorul Hassan, Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, Haji Abdul Ghafoor Ameer, Massod Ahmad Sarwari and other religious parties’ leaders termed the Rawalpindi incident a bid  to sabotage peace on Ashura.

They criticised the Punjab government for its failure in indentifying and capturing  the elements involved in the incident that left 10 people dead and several injured.    Malik Rab Nawaz expressed grief over the loss of life and property in Rawalpindi incident. He said the government had failed to maintain law and order, adding that after the Gujranwala incident, security agencies should have been put on red alert but the government took the matter as routine and the miscreants took benefit of government apathy.

STRIKE: On the call of District Bar Association, local lawyers observed complete strike to protest against the Rawalpindi incident which had left many people dead.

The lawyers boycotted the courts and condemned the Rawalpindi incident in which several innocent Muslims were killed. The DBA demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators and bring them to book.

ROBBERY: A villager was deprived of his motorcycle by two armed bandits at pistol point near Kaleke Mandi today.

According to police source, Wajid Ali was on way to his village by a bike (GM-9513). When he reached near Kaleke, he was intercepted by two armed bandits and snatched away his bike at pistol point. Meanwhile, internet consumers have experienced a lot of hardship and inconvenience due to cutting of optical fibre cable near Qila Deedar Singh. The business activities also remained suspended for hours because hundreds of account holders of banks could not get cash from the bank due to disconnection of internet. The system was, however, restored after about four-hour efforts of the PTCL workers.