Peace Rally in Lahore

People from different walks of life marched on the Mall Road of Lahore on March 6, 2014 on the call of “Peace and Tolerance Partnership” (an alliance of civil society organizations and progressive citizens) and voiced a clear “No to Talibanization & all forms of extremism” which is paralyzing the lives of the people, particularly of the women and religious minorities of the country.

The march which was supervised and led by Samson Salamat (Human Rights Activist and Director of Centre for Human Rights Education) and Abdullah Malik (renowned Human Rights Activist and was participated by a large number of renowned human rights defenders, political activists and progressive citizens of the country including Imtiaz Alam, Salman Abid, M. Tahseen, Farooq Tariq, Dr. Nosheen Hameed (MPA-PTI), Ex-MPA Sajida Meer, Lahore High Court Bar Association Vice President and Secretary, Ex President Lahore High Court Bar Sajid Sheikh, Rt. Justice Nasira Javed, Pandhit Bhaghat Lal Khokhar, Fr. William Basharat, Saeeda Diep, Bushra Khaliq, Aima Mehmood, Amna Malik, Taimoor Rehman, Ashee Butt, Soba Sorya, Komal Patras, Umair Ahmad, Zahid Rehman, Umm-e-Lila, Amjad Khan, Muddasar Hussain, Shahzad Ahmed Khan etc

The participants of the peaceful march chanted slogans against religious extremism- they said “No to Talibanization”, “No to Religious Extremism”, “No to Religious Intolerance”. They also chanted slogans in favour of the respect of the freedom and human rights of all the citizens without any discrimination and on equal basis. 

The participants at this occasion expressed their concerns and criticized the government’s policy of dialogue with the killers of thousands of the innocent citizens. They were of the view that the government and state machinery seems failed in dealing with the armed militants and there is no clear policy and strategy to end Talibanization and religious extremism prevailing in the country. 

Following demands were made at this occasion: 

• A clear short term and long term policy should be made to deal with the religious extremism which should include elimination of all militant groups. 

• Concrete steps should be taken for Deweaponization. 

• Effective implementation of the laws against hate speech which has been used as a tool to trigger violence in the name of religion and sect. 

• Review of the laws and policies which are frequently being misused by the religious fundamentalists and extremists to persecute on the basis of religion and sect. 

The Rally was participated by the large number of representatives of political parties, lawyers, students, women, transgenerder, media personnel.


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