People asked to join protest against extremism
LAHORE: People should disapprove of intolerance and extremism in society by participating in a demonstration against the twin menaces outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday (today), said Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Director IA Rehman on Sunday.
Talking to Daily Times, he said that people from all walks of life should organise and join such demonstrations across the country to reject extremism and intolerance in society. “Extremism is harmful for the integrity of country,” he said.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener Shahtaj Qizalbash said that people should participate in the demonstration in large numbers. She said that there was a need to create awareness among the people about the harmful aspects of extremism. “Islam doesn’t allow killing of innocent people,” she said. She also condemned threats to Daily Times and Aaj Kal by extremists.
Punjab HRCP Vice Chairperson Hina Jillani said that the people had the democratic right to protest against intolerance and extremism. She said that she would also join the protest.
South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) General Secretary Imtiaz Alam said that people should come to the protest demonstration to say no to extremism and intolerance. He said that the protest would create awareness among the people.
University Students Federation (USF) Media Secretary Ahsan LB said that his organisation would join the protest to condemn extremism. Student Action Committee (SAC) Convener Sundas Hurain said that the SAC was opposed to intolerance and extremism. She said that the SAC activists were also likely to join the protest.
HRCP, SAFMA, South Asian Media Commission (SAMC) and Punjab Union of Journalists have organised the protest to condemn all forms of extremism in the country.
Source: Daily Times