Pakistan Army demolished the walls of Lal Qila Ground near MQM’s (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) head office at Azizabad in Karachi in an operation conducted late night on Saturday/Sunday. This demolition is an overt attempt by Rawalpindi to forcefully stop the huge Sindhi congregation scheduled for December 9 — the martyr’s day, at the Lal Qila Ground.
The Central Coordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has strongly condemned the demolition the Lal Qila Ground walls and damage to its offices.
“A heavy contingent of (Pakistani) Rangers and administration stormed Nine Zero in the darkness of night between Saturday and Sunday and demolished the walls of Lal Qila (Ground) with the help of heavy machinery and also at Khurshid Memorial Center,” said the MQM’s Central Coordination Committee in a statement.
MQM is led by Altaf Hussain and every year on December 9 thousands of MQM activists converge at the Lal Qila Ground to remember Sindh’s martyrs. It was also on December 9 when Altaf Hussain’s brother (Nasir Hussain) and his nephew Arif Hussain attained martyrdom after intense torture at the hands of Pakistani security forces.
This year also people from across Sindh were expected to come over at the Lal Qila Ground on December 9 to commemorate the Martyr’s Day.
“The demolition of Lal Qila Ground walls at Azizabad, which was the site of inter-Muslim unity, religious tolerance and communal harmony, from where the message of peace and brotherhood was conveyed, proved that religious extremists who promote religious fanaticism do not like places that teach peace and brotherhood,” the MQM explained in its statement.
After demolition drive, the Pakistani security forces have laid siege around the Lal Qila Ground to ensure that no Sindhi can reach on December 9.
The Central Coordination Committee appealed to national and international human rights organizations to raise their voices in protest of this heinous act.