Police use water cannons to disperse protesters of the ISO as they try to reach the US consulate in Karachi during a demonstration against Israel. Source
People in Karachi and Lahore yesterday witnessed noisy rallies by the Imamia Students Organization against the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
While we are extremely sympathetic towards the cause of an independent Palestine, and are also sympathetic towards rights of religious minorities in Pakistan (including Shia, Ahmadi, Christians, Hindus etc), we cannot ignore the extremist and populist currents visible in certain pro-Iranian mullahs segment of Pakistani Shias.
Provided below is an exchange of views on this topic from a friend’s facebook account (names omitted):
…. is stuck at Ferozpur Road Lahore. Tyres burnt. ISO rally for Palestine. May you all Shia and Sunni Islamists rot in your deluded hells . You didnt have the moral courage to speak against massacre of Ahmadi Muslims but were ready to protest against Israel.
Yesterday at 4:18pm via Mobile Web
Yesterday at 4:23pm
….. yeh wala protest zyada “bikta” hey
Yesterday at 4:59pm
…..Haan. Express News van was also there.
Yesterday at 5:25pm
….. is protest pe Iran pese deta hay, Ahmedis ke liye protest kar kay thainga bi nahe milta.
Yesterday at 5:27pm
….. Another reason, the Mullahs have the reason to blame Jews now…..!!
Yesterday at 6:25pm
Ali Arqam Durrani Oss pe Saudi ankhein nikalte hain
Yesterday at 7:02pm
Ali Abbas Inayatullah …., well said. forget about protesting the Ahmadis, these Shia islamists who take their dictation from Ahmedinejad and Khamenai can’t even protest against the massacres of Shias. Instead of blaming the various Jihadi groups who brazenly take credit, these guys chime the same conspiracy theory laden bullshit of the Jamaat. They should have been the loudest in protesting the massacres of the Ahmadis; after all the same sectarian groups have also conducted several Shias massacres just this year alone. Instead these Shia Wahabi Islamists are weeping for the Salafist Hamas, what irony!
11 hours ago
…. Iran has ruined the Shias, just like KSA has ruined the Muslims in general.
11 hours ago
Protesting ISO faces police wrath: Source