Shia demands judicial commission to probe Kohat incident

Peshawar: The Shia community on Monday demanded formation of a judicial commission to probe the Kohat incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. While addressing a news Tehreek Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e- Jafariya provincial secretary Mukhtar Ali Bangash sectarian violence in Kohat and other parts of the country has proven the failure of government and law enforcement agencies.

He said that various shops were torched while the mosques and other properties of Shia community in Kohat were, ransacked and the local administration was helpless. The TNFJ leader observed that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government failed to provide security to protect the lives and properties of the Shiite in Kohat.

The growing sectarian violence, he said was a conspiracy to create rift between two religious sects, Shia and Sunni. He said the people from all religious sects, had voted to power Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, to bring peace and stability in KP but the situation further deteriorated in the PTI government. Flanked by provincial council TNFJ president, Sardar Ali Qazalbash, Kohat Supreme Council member Imtiaz Hussain Bangash, and Agha Nawaz Kayani, he said terrorists were being scot-free but the law enforcement agencies were not taking action against them.

He said the incidents in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Kohat, was a conspiracy against solidarity and integrity of the country asking the government to take action against the anti-state elements.

The TNFJ leaders suggested the government to constitute a commission, headed by three senior judges of Peshawar High Court, to conduct inquiry into incident of Kohat. They demanded special compensation package for deceased families and ensure protection of mourners’ processions, Imambargahs, mosques, markets and residential areas of their community. They asked the government to release all innocent people arrested after the Kohat incident and extended administration for every cooperation for maintenance of law and order.