'Anti-Shia elements exist within FIA, LEAs' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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‘Anti-Shia elements exist within FIA, LEAs’

Karachi: Certain elements within the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), police, Rangers and the information ministry are trying to push the Shia community to the wall, the spokesman for the Jafaria Alliance said on Wednesday.

Commenting on the report that Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik had ordered the FIA to probe the ban on a Shia website, Ali Ahmer told The News that the adviser should order an investigation into the killing of Shia community members in Karachi instead.

The Shia Action Committee had staged a rally to protest the killing of sect members on Tuesday, eventually resulting in an altercation between the protesters and police.

Ahmer said another member of the Shia community has been murdered after the rally. “For the last two months, 27 Shia Muslims have fallen prey to target killings.”

He said the website that had been banned – “www.shiakilling.com” – monitored and maintained the count of Pakistani Shia Muslims targeted in sectarian violence.

He added that the website was banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, which operated on the directives of the information ministry.

“When users try to access the website, they come across the “access denied” message, something that happens when the website is banned.”

Just a day earlier, the demonstrators from the Shia Action Committee were tear-gassed by the police as they tried to protest against the killing of members of their sect and the closure of the website.

As the protesters appeared on MA Jinnah Road, the police started teargas shelling. However, it was only after the Rangers intervened and convinced the demonstrators to take their rally to the inner roads of the area that the major artery opened up for traffic.

The News