Violent protests setting new precedents: HazarviSeptember 2, 2014
KARACHI: President Muttahida Ulama Forum Pakistan Mufti Ferozuddin Hazarvi on Wednesday, accused Tahir-ul-Qadri and Imran Khan for disobeying constitution and urged all national institutions to coordinate with each other to prevent any ‘quarrel’ among state institutions.
While addressing a press conference along with other religious scholars at Karachi Press Club (KPC), Mufti said that it was new phenomenon adopted by protestors to attack and harass police personnel and chant slogan in favour of Army. “Aren’t all law enforcement agencies under one government and with responsibility of safeguarding the country,” he questioned.
He condemned the attack on Pakistan Television Corporation’s (PTV) Building and harassment of police officers by protestors in Islamabad and said police personnel were being intercepted, searched and inquired.
While quoting words of a militant leader — that in near future he would also cordon off state institutions to demand Sharia Law in country– he said that Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri were setting a new trend to get approved their demands.
“It is not the first time that people are protesting, students of Lal Masjid protested without cordoning state owned institution; however the protestors in Islamabad now seem given free hand to attack on police and media,” he added.
Meanwhile, he condemned Model Town incident and urged justice for victims and punishment for perpetrators including Chief Minister, if found guilty.
He said, “Peaceful protestors don’t posses sticks, catapult, axes and other sophisticated tools.” He further accused protestors for attacking SSP, security guards of Supreme Court judge Nisar Saqib. He said that it has been over 18 days that unconstitutional measures were being practiced and urged that law should be implemented. He urged Asif Ali Zardari, Altaf Hussain and Siraj-ul-Haq to play their due roles to end sit-ins.