LAHORE: Lahoris came out of their houses to show solidarity with the martyred children of Peshawar school attack, with thousands of citizens, representatives of civil society, non-governmental organizations, political parties, trade unions, lawyers, journalist community, students, teachers, artists, doctors and others held a massive protest demonstration and a candlelight vigil against terrorism and extremism on Friday.
A number of citizens including children, students, women, elderly citizens and others gathered at Charing Cross in front of Punjab Assembly at around 3:00pm to show solidarity with martyrs of the Army Public School Peshawar incident after completing one month.
The protesters were also carrying placards of different slogans against terrorism and extremism as well as different slogans to show solidarity with aggrieved families of Peshawar incident and pay tribute to martyred children. The protesters also chanted slogans against terrorist and others who facilitate or fund them to kill innocent people, especially children.
On this occasion, the family members and other relatives of minor girl Eeman who died a few days back after falling down from the third floor of a local mall. The family also participated in the protest to show solidarity with martyred children with Eeman’s flexes on which her pictures were printed.
A large number of family members of the Wagah border incident also participated in the solidarity rally for the victims of the Peshawar school incident.
The protesters also expressed their views about their feelings against terrorist when they lost their beloved ones, including children, women and others, in the Wagah tragic incident last November where more than 60 people were killed and over 100 injured.
Renowned singer of ‘Lal Band’ and General Sectary of Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) Taimour Rehman led the protest rally with different slogans to warm up the protesters with his different style. Taimour chanted slogans against terrorism, extremism and raised different kinds of slogans to pay tribute to martyred children of the Peshawar school.
They all participated in a rally arranged by civil society organisations to show solidarity with aggrieved families of the Peshawar incident. A large number of citizens including children, adolescents and youth participated and chanted slogans against terrorism in Pakistan. The participants shared that this is the time when all political and military forces are on the same wavelength to end terrorism in country, so now it is the responsibility of the state to continue making efforts and take action against militant groups to safeguard our children and youth from terrorism.
Besides the protest, candlelight vigils were organised by civil society, human rights organisations, students of different schools, colleges and universities. Different wings of major political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), All Pakistan Muslim League, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam and other members of different groups were present in the rally and held a vigil at Charing Cross. They were holding placards and banners and chanted slogans to express solidarity with the victims as well.
Members of different civil society organisations including South Asia Partnership, Women Worker Help Line, Concerned Citizen of Lahore, Sufism for Peace and Co-Existence (SPACE), Social Development Initiatives (SDI), International Youth and Workers Movement, Humaya Foundation, Voice and Accountability Program, Motorcyclist Association of Pakistan (MAP), Backwards Rehabilitation and Improvement Commission (BRIC), The Association of Disabled People’s, a number of artists, national players of different games, a group of eunuchs and other people from different walks of life participated in the rally to show their solidarity with the martyred children of the Peshawar school incident.
The speakers at the protest rally vowed that blood of innocent children of Army Public School Peshawar would not go in vain. The bloodbath by terrorists was truly brutal and resultantly Pakistani nation got united on one agenda, which was to eradicate terrorism and extremism from our country and society.
All speakers while addressing the rally pledged to set aside their differences and will fight against terrorist and all anti-state elements to save the nation as well as the country. The speakers paid tribute to the braved families and to the Pakistan Army who was conducting operation against terrorist in the tribal areas.
They also demanded to arrest the apologists of the terrorist especially the Mullah Aziz of Lal Masjid.
A large number of Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab activists, headed by Jahanara M Wattoo and Asif Khan also joined the protest.
In the end, protesters lit candles to pay tribute to the children and martyrs of the Peshawar school incident, in which a large number of people participated.