Protest against murder of doctors; Nov 14 protests
The murder of three Hindu doctors in Shikarpur, Sindh on Eid day has shocked the nation and also galvanised widespread protests around Pakistan. On Friday, Nov 8, 2011, Pakistan Medical Association (Sindh Chapter) convened a press conference at the Karachi Press Club to condemn these murders. The well-attended press conference condemned the murder of the doctors and their relatives, in Shikarpur and demanded that the perpetrators be punished regardless of their political affiliations. (See Pakistan fights back in Shikarpur by Marvi Sirmed; details of more protests below)
“The soil has given birth to great Sindhi Sufi poets Sami and Shiekh Ayaz. People of all sects and religionshave been living in Sindh peacefully for centuries. This killing is a conspiracy to divide Sindhis into sects and groups, and force Hindus to leave their motherland Sindh. The culprits were so influential that some of them were only arrested after the President’s intervention. The Hindu doctors should not think that they are left alone. They are supported by people, intellectuals, writers, journalists, and above all their Sindhi Muslim brothers and sisters,” said a press release.
The press conference was followed by a demonstration called by Joint Action Committee comprising several NGOs including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Women Action Forum, War Against Rape, Aurat Foundation and others.
On Monday, Nov 14, protests are planned in Karachi, Lahore and Hyderabad.
HYDERABAD: 12 Noon at Besat Hall. Protestors will march toHyderabad Press Club. Convened by: Civil Society of Sindh, Joint Action Committee for peace and Justice.
LAHORE: Charing Cross, The Mall, 5-8 pm. Convened by the Institute for Peace and Secular Studies.