Anti-Shia protests shake Karachi as fears of sectarian violence grips country

Thousands of individuals flooded the streets of Karachi on Friday in an enormous anti Shia demonstration which has sparked fears of sectarian violence in Pakistan. After the huge protests, the hashtag #ShiaGenocide started trending on Pakistani social media.

Sea of protestors have been seen chanting Shias are Kaffir” (disbelievers) and holding banners of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a terrorist organisation, linked to the killing of Shias over time.

This comes after some main Shia leaders within the country allegedly made disparaging remarks towards Islam in a televised broadcast of an Ashura procession final month, in response to media stories.

Afreen, an activist, mentioned that that a number of Shia Muslims have been attacked for reciting non secular scriptures and partaking in Ashura commemorations because the starting of Muharram. She believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan ought to be held accountable, accusing him of supporting hate speech towards Shia Muslims.  

“Since the start of Muharram, we have seen numerous Shia believers targetted for reciting religious scriptures and partaking in Ashura commemorations. This demonstration should not be taken lightly when our brothers and sisters are being kidnapped and killed for their beliefs,” Afreen mentioned in a tweet.

“Some years ago, Shias in Pakistan were receiving anonymous text messages that said `kill the Shia`. Terrorists hurled grenades where Ashura processions were taking place. The Shia in Kashmir and Kabul are also under siege and yet some still believe #ShiaGenocide is a myth,” Afreen mentioned in one other tweet.

She wrote, “I have been told that one demand was to proscribe Ashura processions in Pakistan. It should be made clear that Pakistan`s government has allowed known terrorists to spread their anti-Shia rhetoric far and wide. @ImranKhanPTI should be held accountable.” 

One twitter person wrote: ” I am a #Shia living n Karachi. Yesterday, my city echoed with the chants of Kafir Kafir Shia Kafir. Few hrs later, state arrested #BilalFarooqi who is one of the rare journalists covering sectarian violence/orgs. If this is not step by step towards #ShiaGenocide then what it is?”

It have to be famous that Blasphemy in Pakistan may even result in dying penalty in sure instances for allegedly making insensitive remarks on Islam.

Shia and Ahmadi’s sects are being attacked in the previous few many years as sectarian violence grips the country. 

(With company inputs)


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