Allama Ameen Shaheedi, Secretary General, Majlis-i-Wahdat-Ul-Muslimeen, called on Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Central Punjab, at the PPP Punjab Secretariat here today in which they collectively condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Shikarpur today in which reportedly more than forty people lost their precious lives.
They expressed their resolve that such abhorrent terrorist attack would not weaken the resolve of the nation to defeat terrorism and their patrons instead such coward acts would strengthen the resolve of the people to nip the evil for all times to come.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the PPP and its leadership was very clear right from the outset to defeat the scourge by taking them head on because the policy of appeasement had proved counter- productive in the face of their mindset that was devoid of reason and civility and heavily tilted towards barbarity.
He said that the PPP was the victim of terrorism because its leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by terrorists along with hundreds of its workers.
He said that the PPP was against terrorism in its all forms and manifestations and expressed total solidarity with the Shia community against the wave of terrorism unleashed by religious fanatics. They are against Pakistan and Islam in the real sense of the word, he observed.
He pointed out that the Wahdat-Ul-Muslimeen and the PPP were on the same page to exterminate terrorism and extremism from the country because the PPP being a liberal, secular and Democratic Party firmly believed in the equality of all citizens regardless of creed and gender.
He pointed out that the Shia community and the PPP had always maintained cordial relations and they value it as important for stabilizing harmonious relations among the communities right across the country.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watto said that he would pay the return visit to meet him and also arrange Allama Shaheedi meeting with Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co –Chairman Asif Ali Zardari at their earliest convenience.
Allama Amin Shaheedi thanked Main Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo adding that the Shia community considered PPP as its own Party because its political philosophy was against all types of discrimination and firmly believed in the equality of citizens in terms of fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitution.
He said that the PPP was the true representative of the Shia community because it stood for the pluralistic society based on the principle of co-existence.
Allama Amin Shaheedi urged that all the progressive forces of the country should get united to defat terrorism failing which, he warned, they would face the horrendous consequences they had not experienced yet.
Nadeem Afzal Chann, Political Advisor to Co- Chairman, Suhail Milk, Senior VP, Punjab, Rana Gul Nasir, Manzoor Maneka and Maulana Yusuf Awan were also present in the meeting.