Religious parties announce complete strike across Pakistan today
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A number of religious parties led by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman announced a complete strike across Pakistan on Monday to protest the police action against a banned religious out fit in Lahore on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference at Jamia Amjadia in Karachi on Sunday evening, Mufti Muneeb said the government was not taking the matter seriously and it was treating people cruelly instead. He said the government would end soon, but its cruel actions would not be forgotten. He however said the protest would be peaceful.
Heads of other mainstream religious parties also announced support for demands made by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and his call for a complete strike in the country.
PDM Chairman Fazlur Rehman said he stands by Mufti Muneeb on this matter. He condemned the violence in Lahore and said it could not be tolerated. He said he was ready to sacrifice anything to uphold the honour of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said why expulsion of the French ambassador was made an issue.
Also, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq announced that his party fully supported Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman's demands and call for a nationwide strike. He supported the demand for expulsion of the French ambassador. He said that ban on any political party was not justified. He said the government should stop the aggression and initiate talks with the protesting religious group.