AZAM KHAN & IMRAN MUKHTAR ISLAMABAD Members of the civil society and activists of Human Rights Organisations along with different students organisations, Sunday, staged a protest demonstration in front of National Press Club to highlight the plight of missing persons as well as Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The Youth Association, Defence of Human Rights Pakistan, Insaf Students Federation, Pakistan Professionals Forum, Muslim Student Organisation and students from other universities of the Capital joined hands to express solidarity with missing persons family members. The protesters were holding placards inscribed with slogans for early recovery of the missing person. They pledged that the protest was the beginning of a long struggle and would be followed by a series of protests and rallies, which would eventually lead to a long march. This movement is fuelled by honourable and patriotic youth from all walks of life. They said that the national movement would make history. The youth of the nation will exhaust all of their oppressed sisters, mothers and brothers. We will make a statement that we are alive and we know how to protect the integrity of our country and dignity of our sisters, they added. They were demanding of the government for the release of the daughter of the nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui, her two missing kids, all the illegally abducted persons. They also demanded to block NATO supply routes. They made a request to Chief Justice to take a suo motu action and conduct a fair trial of former military dictator and then president Pervez Musharraf for selling Pakistani citizens to other countries. They also demanded of the government to pay compensation to all the affected families of the missing persons. It is relevant to mention here that missing persons case is being heard by a bench of apex court judges. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), civil society, human rights activists and different representatives of labour unions held a rally at Aabpara Chowk on Sunday charging the atmosphere with their voices as they echoed 'Release Dr Aafia, the daughter of the nation. Dr Fozia Siddique, sister of Aafia, Liaquat Baloch, Secretary General JI, Amna Janjua, Chairperson Defence of Human Rights of Pakistan (DHRP), Rizwan Sadiq, President of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) Islamabad chapter, Madni Baloch and Deputy Secretary General Pakistan Jamoori Watan Party were among the prominent speakers who addressed the participants of the rally. The representatives of All Pakistan Students Council, Mohammad Bin Qasim Action Council, Traders Action Committee, All Pakistan Transporters Association and Islamic Lawyers Association took part in the protest organised for the early release of Dr Aafia while a large number of women belonging to JI holding party flags also participated in it. The participants of the rally, mostly among them were the workers of JI and Shabab-e-Milli Pakistan held banners and placards inscribed with slogans like 'Why we are silent? FBI gangsters free innocent Aafia, Shame on America, The voice of Aafia Siddique-Is there no Mohammad Bin Qasim in the nation. A controversy erupted in the rally when Rizwan Sadiq, leader of PML-Q came on the podium to address the rally and the protestors barred him to deliver his address terming him a member of the party who was a close aide of former President Pervez Musharraf in the past. Liaquat Baloch, Secretary General JI while addressing the rally said that citizens of capital should raise their voice for Aafia as Islamabad had very much significance in the world being the capital of the country as well as having embassies of different countries located there. He said that the hate of Pakistanis towards US could be a real threat for peace of the entire world and the world should think about it. If the incumbent government as well as Foreign Office had the courage to stand by Aafia, US could not dare to keep her into its custody any more, he added. He proposed that government should suspend the NATO supplies till the release of Aafia by US. He further said that Americans working in Islamabad should limit their movements in Diplomatic Enclave adding, JI would request all the house owners who had rented out their house to Americans to get them as their suspicious movements had become a security threat for the country. Dr Fozia Siddique who had specially come from Karachi to address the rally said that the nation should stand united by forgetting their internal matters to tell the world specially US that they would fight to their last for the release of Aafia. Aafia was declared guilty by US Jury despite the absence of her finger prints on the weapon, bruises on anybody, casings of bullets and also contradiction in the statements of witnesses, she added. She reminded the example of Hazrat Zainab (AS) who raised her voice before Yazeed adding that as Aafia raised her voice before US Jury.