Traders Federation of Islamabad protest, demand justice for Asifa, condemns Syria genocide


Traders Federation of Islamabad district on Monday held a protest rally in Lal Chowk, Islamabad under the banner of All Traders and Manufacturers Association against the rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa, a resident of Hiranagar area of Kathua district.

Islamabad residents protest in solidarity with Kathua’s Aasifa, KL photo by Shah Hilal

A massive gathering of men, women and children assembled at Lalchowk point of Islamabad holding placards some of which were read “Justice for Asifa, Justice for Syria, Stop killing innocent people in Syria, justice delayed is justice denied, hang Deepak Khajuriya in public.”

Islamabad residents hold candlelight vigil in solidarity with Pakistan’s Zainab

The residents also demanded the capital punishment for the culprit and raised slogans against the Hindu Ekta Manch, who took out a rally in support of murder and rape accused Deepak Khajuriya in Kathua district earlier this month.

“Government is unnecessarily delaying justice for the eight-year-old innocent who was raped and then murdered brutally, the propose of the gathering here is that accused should be hanged immediately”, a protester, Mohammad Yousuf. Adding that the instead of Jammu trials should be held in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the protesters expressed their support for Syria and raised slogans against the Asad’s regime.”Hundreds of people are being killed and thousands of people are wounded in hysterical attacks in Syria. This is condemnable and we stand with the oppressed people in Syria,” another protestor said.

Earlier on last month, residents of the Islamabad braving the winters evening cold held an hour-long candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Pakistans seven-year-old rape victim Zainab Ansari, who body was recovered from a garbage in Kasur, Pakistan last week, four days after she was reported missing.

The girl, Zainab Ansari, disappeared last week while going to a nearby home for Quranic studies and her body was found in a waste-yard after four days in her native place Kasur area of Pakistan.

(Farzana Nisar has contributed to this story)


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