Thousands protest against genocide of Rohingya Muslims


ISLAMABAD: Amid heavy deployment of police, thousands of protesters led by Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq marched towards Red Zone in Islamabad to denounce Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslim community.
The protesters also clashed with police and tried to enter into Red Zone and march towards Mayanmar’s embassy in Islamabad.
The Red Zone was sealed ahead of a protest march of religious parties.
Under the banner of Jamaat-e-Islami, the protest rally was taken out after Jumma prayer from Islamabad’s Aabpara Chowk to Myanmar’s embassy.
Other religious parties also participated the rally to highlight the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.
Clash between police and the rally participants also took place as authorities have sealed with shipping containers all roads leading to the heavily-guarded Red Zone where Myanmar embassy and sensitive installations are located.
More than 5000 personnel of riot police have been deployed to bar the protestors from proceeding to the Red Zone.
Meanwhile, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in a statement, called upon participants of the protest rally, to remain peaceful.
“It is incumbent on us as Muslims to express solidarity with the Muslims of Myanmar; however, it is also our duty to protect Diplomatic Enclave,” Ahsan Iqbal said requesting the protesters to respect Red Zone.
Yesterday, JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq urged the government to expel Myanmar’s ambassador from the country over military-led violence against Muslim minority in Myanmar.
“Our protest will continue till wrongs against them come to an end,” he said, while addressing a gathering here.
The JI is also holding a protest rally in Karachi on 10 Sept from Mazar-e-Quaid to Tibet Center on the main M.A Jinnah Road.


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