Karachi: Jamaat-e Islami (JI) has expressed satisfaction on preparations and arrangements for staging the sit-in protest at the Police head office on Friday, 13 January 2012. JI leadership has reiterated their firm resolves to carry on the protest in condemnation to atrocities levied by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies on civilians especially on parents of the missing citizens and JI workers and office-bearers by the intelligence agencies.
In this regard, person to person contact has been completed and more than a million people, sister organizations, trade unions and members of the civil society have assured JI that they would participate the sit-in protest by 100 percent.
JI workers and office-bearers have displayed protest and condemnation banners on main arteries of the city, public places and public walls and poles. The sit-in protest would be commenced at 2 p.m. sharp and in this regard, various processions would join the main one, which would be led by JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch.
In a statement issued here, JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti has vowed to repulse all the hurdles ahead to the sit-in protest, which was democratic right of the citizens to record their protest against misdeeds of the rulers and their subordinate intelligence agencies.
“We want to make it clear that the government would be responsible for provoking the protestors and turning the peaceful sit-in protest into an agitative situation.” Warned Mahenti adding that JI was left with no two choices except to use its democratic right to record the protest in condemnation to forced detainment of JI workers and office-bearers after the intelligence agencies had abducted them on gunpoint.
He said that JI had exercised all lawful and moral means to seek safe return of the kidnapped citizens and JI workers and office-bearers from the unlawful custody of the intelligence agencies but to no avail. He directed JI workers and office-bearers to ensure their presence in the sit-in protest at Police head office. Further, he called for support from the civil society that they should get united against the tyranny of the intelligence agencies, failing which the intelligence agencies would become more stubborn in their unconstitutional operations such as kidnapping of any citizen on the pretext of investigation. He warned the government to take coercive measures to keep the intelligence agencies within the frame of the constitution because ignoring such a pivotal action would leave the government at the mercy of the intelligence agencies, as well.