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Peshawar Incident Aftermath: Nationwide Protests


PESHAWAR:  Nationwide protests flaring-up amid bereavement, grief and condemnations.    

Nationwide protests
Nationwide protests

According to details, members of the infuriated Christian and Hindu communities staged protests rallies on Monday 23rd of September, 2013; against the killing of 83 people and injuries to over 100 others in an incident of twin suicide blasts at the All Saints Church inside the Kohati Gate area.


In Lahore, the fuming demonstrators staged protest rallies on the Grand Trunk Road, University Road, Charsadda Road, Warsak Road, Ring Road and in various other parts of the inner city. They blocked roads, burnt tyres also pelted stones at vehicles.


The transporters and commuters faced hardships and had difficulty reaching their destinations due to the closure of the roads in various parts of the provincial capital. The demonstrators criticized the KP government for its failure to protect them.


The protestors said,” Precious lives were lost due to the negligence of the provincial government to ensure proper security at the Church.” They demanded that the perpetrators of the attack to be brought justice and adopt while the government should implement on a plain policy on terrorism.


In Peshawar, the exasperated protestors ran after former interior minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Rehman Malik, who had come to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) to inquire about the health of the victims of the church blasts. As a consequence he was forced to take shelter in the office the Chief executive of the LRH.


While in Nowshera, Christian community brought out protest against the suicide blasts at the All Saints Church in Peshawar. Like other parts of the country the protesters burnt tyres on the Grand Trunk Road kept it blocked for three hours. Lazar Jan- Chairman of the minority community said,”Minorities were Pakistanis and should be provided proper security.”


The Christian community of Karak also staged protest rally and sit-in at the Baz Muhammad Khattak Chowk to denounce the blasts at the All Saints Church in Peshawar. District President of Christian community- Faryad Masih led the protestors while marching to Baz Muhammad Chowk holding banners with slogans to condemn the twin bombings. The angry protestors also chanted slogans against the act of terrorism and demanded provision of security to the places of worship of Christians.


While in Rawalpindi Islamabad, the violent protestors blocked the Murree Road, expressway for hours buring tyres, chanting slogans expressing grief and anger.


Due to nationwide protests, students and government employees faced difficulties to reach schools and offices due to the blockage of various roads by the protesting Christian community.