Tehreek-e-Hazara threatens to start long march toward Islamabad

RAWALPINDI: Leaders of the Tehreek-e-Hazara Province (THP) have threatened to march on Islamabad if the government does not meet their demand for Hazara as a separate province soon.

The THP leaders expressed these views while addressing a large rally at the Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi on Thursday. People at the well-attended rally chanted slogans in favour of their demands.

Besides Baba Haider Zaman, MNA Sardar Shahjahan Yousuf, former State Minister for Finance Umer Ayub Khan, Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarwi, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani and others addressed the rally. The participants were carrying banners, placards and chanting slogans for making Hazara as separate province.

A large contingent of police and other security officials of different agencies had cordoned off the areas to avoid any untoward situation. The worst traffic jam was seen in the city.

Chairman Tehreek-e-Hazara Province Baba Haider Zaman in his address warned the government to make Hazara a separate province or the people of the area would start a long march towards Islamabad. He said the government was meting out step-motherly behaviour to the people of Hazara and such a treatment would never be tolerated at any cost.

He said that they, along with their families, would block the roads from Peshawar to Karachi. He also said that they had been silent for years and waiting for the government’s decision but unfortunately the government could not take any decision in the best interest of the Hazara people. Now the people of Hazara had awoken and would win their basic rights in the country, he said.

Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, criticised him for describing Ahmadis as his brothers. “Nawaz Sharif has tarnished the image of Muslims by calling Ahmadis his brothers. He (Nawaz Sharif) must explain whether he is a Muslim or Qadiani.,” the cleric said.

Umer Ayub Khan in his address said that the Hazara community was ready to sacrifice each and everything for their basic rights. They would start a long march towards Islamabad if the government did not pay heed to their legitimate demand. “The flood of Hazara community at Liaquat Bagh is evidence that the people of this area are determined to take their basic rights”, he said.

Similarly, other leaders of the Hazara Tehreek in their speeches insisted on establishing Hazara a separate province. They warned of the government not to tease the people of Hazara or leaders would face the music.

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