Marking the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar social group Rwadari Tehreek had arranged a protest camps in various cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Sukkur , Multan and many others. Leaders of RT along with people from all walks of life participated in these protests calling for an end to terrorism and extremism.
The social group had put up a demand to declare December 16, as “National Day Against Extremism and Terrorism and 2017 as a Year for Rwadari.” In a press release sent to Christians in Pakistan, it was explained: “The participants of the Protest Camp expressed solidarity with the families of the innocent children & teachers who sacrificed their lives at the Army Public School and in other incidents of terrorism. They were carrying anti-extremism, and anti- terrorism banners and play-cards, chanted slogans and demanded the implementation of the National Action Plan in letter and spirit.”
The Press release further detailed that “Prominent social, religious and political personalities participated in the Rally including Mr. Samson Salamat (Chairman of Rwadari Tehreek), Mr. Abdullah Malik (President of Rwadari Tehreek), Ms. Sabira Asmat (President Rwadari Tehreek Punjab), Ms. Komal Patras ( Secretariat Incharge of Rwadari Tehreek), Rt. Rev. Bishop Munawar Rumal Shah, Mr. Rizwan Gill Advocate (President Rwadari Tehreek Lahore), Sadia Sohail Rana MPA (PTI), Rifat Saud (Women Wing PTI), Dr. Fauzia Saeed (Member Rwadari Tehreek Core Committee), Mr. Iftikhar Rasool (Senior Member Rwadari Tehreek) Naseer Ahmed (PPP Human Rights Wing), Pastor Emmanuel Khokhar (Senior Pastor Church of Pakistan), Imran Yousuf (Member Rwadari Core Committee), Pandit Bhaghat Lal Kokhar (representative of Hindu Community), Naveed Raphael, Humera Kokab, Rukhsana Liaqat, Vicky Manzoor, the honourable Members of Rwadari Tehreek.”
The participants of the rally “unanimously demanded to Declare 16th December as a “National Day Against Extremism and Terrorism” in solidarity with all the victims of terrorism and also as a sign of commitment against religious extremism, intolerance and terrorism and also suggested that the Year 2016 should be declared as a Year for Rwadari (religious tolerance and respect of religious diversity), “the press release read.
While addressing the participants of the rally, Chairman Rwadari Tehreek Samson said: “Even after 2 year to the APS incident the whole nation is still in a shocking condition. Members of the Rwadari Tehreek in this situation strongly demand a stern action against the terrorists and militant outfits wherever they exist without any recognition of good or bad.
The terrorists do not deserve any softness as they are killers of thousands of innocent citizens and should be brought before justice indiscriminately. The hideouts and Training Centers of the militant outfits should be targeted where they are training youth for terrorist acts and the access of the militant outfits to the educational institutions should be checked and banned.”
“In order to make sure that the society is free of intolerance, violent extremism and terrorism, the government needs to be more serious and practical to ensure the effective implementation of the ‘National Action Plan’. Especially the ban on hate speech should be implemented in letter and spirit and all those found in spreading hate speech through print or electronic media or through loud speakers should be apprehended indiscriminately and there should be speedy trial of all those who are apprehended on the charges of terrorism” he added.