Abbottabad observes protests over April 12 carnage

ABBOTTABAD – The steps taken by the local administration followed by the provocative statements from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Government triggered seemingly endless protests on Monday.

In what can be termed as the greatest protests ever observed since the start of Hazara Movement on April 1 this year, the entire population of Abbottabad including women, children and youth virtually joined hands with the Tehreek-e-Hazara leadership against the Awami National Party-led Government and local administration. Rallies and camps were arranged in front of Peshawar High Court bench’s building, Link Road, Shuhada-e-Hazara Chowk and all the related avenues.

The local administration on April 13 registered a ‘fresh’ FIR in the light of the controversial findings of Judicial Commission that accused public, political leadership, local administration, and ‘hidden hands’ of April 12 killings. Adding insult to injury, the previous FIR lodged on April 13 which only accuses Tehreek-e-Hazara leadership for the April 12 bloodbath has been made part of the ‘fresh’ FIR, which charged the atmosphere and led to Mondays’ protests. In addition, the Judicial Commission did not mention the number of the slain protestors in its controversial report, which is seen by the public at large in Hazara as a bid to conceal facts.

Talking to this scribe, Quaid-e-Tehreek-e-Hazara Sardar Haider Zaman deplored, “Who killed those innocent protestors if they (ANP Govt) are not responsible? They kill, they lodge FIRs and they investigate. We are killed, we are accused and we are convicted. It is a very strange affair indeed!”

He said, “We were expecting some fair play from this Judicial Commission but it sent its findings to the Chief Minister who vetted the findings according to his sweet will.” Zaman questioned the lodging of new FIR when police had already accepted that they fired 1,500 bullets on protestors and were, therefore, guilty. “We assembled peacefully to register our protests against renaming of NWFP in 18th Amendment. They enforced Section 144 and then killed us. Does any section of law allows killing of innocent people?” he asked.

Responding to Provincial Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s statement that Tehreek leaders would land in jails and face death sentences if they didn’t stop agitation, Zaman advised Iftikhar to read page 122 of Mutiny Report published by Britons in 1857 that praised the people of Hazara for bravery and fierce resistance in the War of Independence. “We don’t fear deaths and April 12 has proved it. All those 13 persons who lost their lives were common man and not a single policeman was killed,” he said.

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