KARACHI: On Sunday, a rally was held to condemn the assassination on Friday of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, his comrades and commanders of Iraqi Hashd al Shaabi, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in a US airstrike near Baghdad airport.
The demonstrators urged the U.S. Congress and the judiciary to hold it accountable to the Trump administration and called on the United Nations Security Council to take retributive action against the president.
The protesters were not against the American citizens.
The rally held by several religious parties occurred in the midst of tight security and when all major roads leading to the consulate of the United States were closed.
After marching on various routes, it ended on the Native’s Jetty bridge.
A senior police officer said some of the demonstrators were trying to pressurize the law enforcers to allow them to reach the consulate, however they were stopped by police and Rangers contingents.
The officer added that there was no altercation, but some demonstrators pelted stones at the police and then dispersed. He said that the organizers’ representatives failed to deliver their report to the U.S. diplomats because of this situation, which they had already announced before.
Earlier, the protesters including women and children, gathered at Fawwara Chowk near Governor’s House.
They chanted slogans against the U.S. and Israel, carried portraits of ‘We are all Soleimani’ and banners of ‘Down with America ‘ slogans, etc.
At the Karachi Press Club rally, religious scholar Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi praised the ISPR’s remark that Pakistan soil will not be used against its neighbor, Iran. He added, however, that it was not “enough” and urged the Pakistani state, the government and the institutions to declare that they will not any plans of evil to win against Iran as Pakistan is a “nuclear state” and that it was a “requirement of honour.”
The religious leader also said that the rally would move to a point from where certain personalities would go to the U.S. Consulate and a memorandum will be drafted.
Police sources said they told the organizers they could go up to the Native’s Jetty Bridge, but they will be prohibited to move to the U.S. Consulate on Mai Kolachi bypass where large containers have blocked the road.
Upon passage through I.I Chundrigar Road, the protesters traveling in four-wheelers and on two-wheelers reached the bridge.
The Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Imamia Students Organization, Jafaria Alliance, Tanzeem Azadari, Imamia Organization, Shia Ulema Council and others have jointly coordinated the rally.