KARACHI - Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri, secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has announced that his party would contest the next general elections across the country.

“We shall defeat sectarian terrorists and fanatics by the power of ballot,” he vowed while speaking at a largely-attended Quran-o-Ahl-e-Bait (AS) Conference.

Scores of people attended the conference on Hyderabad Bypass. Shia Muslims, including youths, women and children from all parts of the province including its capital Karachi thronged the ground. Amid the slogans of Labbaik Ya Hussain (AS) and Labbaik Ya Mahdi (AS), the MWM chief said that Shia Muslims and their allied moderate Sunnis of Pakistan enjoyed huge vote bank.

“We shall use our power of huge vote-bank to defeat the enemies of Islam and Pakistan,” he vowed. He said the MWM would field candidates from all over Pakistan.

He said the MWM together with the Sunni Ittehad Council and Sunni Tehreek would defeat terrorists who were stooges of the US and Zionists. “We are the first defence line of Pakistan. Pakistan is our motherland and we shall continue to make sacrifices for the sake of Pakistan,” he vowed.

Senior religious scholar Allama Haider Ali Javadi said that people of Pakistan were thankful to Imam Khomeini, Imam Khamenei and Allama Arif Hussaini for the fact that they created awareness among the masses of the plots of the enemies of the Ummah. He said the said leaders taught how to counter the US and Zionists-sponsored oppression and suppression of downtrodden and disadvantaged people.

“Shia Muslims are true Pakistanis and they have built Pakistan with their blood and sweat,” he asserted, adding the Shia Muslims would continue to play their constructive role for betterment of Pakistan and the Pakistanis.

Allama Hassan Zafar Naqvi, central spokesman, Allama Amin Shaheedi, deputy secretary general, Allama Mukhtar Imami, secretary general Sindh chapter, Allama Ahmed Iqbal, Punjab chapter leader of the MWM and office bearers of Hyderabad and Karachi chapter of the party also spoke.

Hundreds of thousands of supporters remained present there.