Pakistan’s Shia Muslims are currently considering a long march to protest against the anti-Shia bias of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The exact date for the long march is expected to be announced shortly after due consultations with all persecuted communities.
CJ Chaudhry has long-standing family ties with Jihadi-sectarian terrorists. He is a close relative of Punjab government’s law minister Rana Sanaullah, who is a known affiliate of Jihadi-sectarian organization Sipha-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, renamed as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ).
Pakistan’s Shia Muslims have quite a few misgivings against CJ Chaudhry which include but are not limited to:
1. No suo moto action to stop the ongoing target killing of Shia Muslims in Pakistan (in the last 6 months alone, more than 240 Shias have been target killed by Pakistan army-backed Jihadi sectarian militants ASWJ-SSP, Taliban etc);
2. Acquittal of arrested Jihadi-sectarian terrorists (Malik Ishaq, Hafiz Saeed, Qari Saifullah Akhtar etc);
3. No summoning of government ministers and army commanders to explain their inability to stop Shia genocide in Pakistan;
4. Rejection of Shia rights activists’ petition asking for SCP’s intervention to stop Shia genocide.
Shia Muslims are not the only community to have felt betrayed by CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry, other persecuted groups such as the Baloch, Pashtun, Sunni Barelvi, Ahmadi etc have similar feelings towards CJ Chaudhry. For example, this editorial by The Baloch Hal: The man who betrayed Balochistan
We welcome the proposed protest against a pro-army, pro-Jihadi Chief Justice. We suggest that it’s not only Shias but also moderate Sunnis, Ahmadis, Christians, Balochs, Pashtuns etc who should march together towards Islamabad in support of human rights and demonstrate right in front of the Supreme Court’s building and also outside Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s residence.
Video on Shia genocide in Pakistan and a message to Pakistan’s Chief Justice and Army Chief
From Gilgit to Karachi, Quetta to Parachinar and Karachi to D.I.Khan, Shia Muslims are being target killed in all provinces and areas of Pakistan. However, Pakistan’s judiciary, army, politicians, civil society and media either remain silent or misrepresent the Shia genocide. This video is a message to all of them particularly to the champions of justice and national security.
Kia tum bhool gaye? Pakistani media’s silence on Shia genocide
Dhoondo Ge Agar Mulkon Mulkon: A tribute to Shias martyred by ISI-backed ASWJ-SSP-Taliban