The Pakistani army demolished the walls of the Lal Qila field near the headquarters of the MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) in Azizabad in Karachi during an operation carried out late on Saturday / Sunday night. This demolition is obvious Rawalpindi’s attempt to forcibly stop the huge Sindhi congregation scheduled for December 9 – Martyr’s Day, at Lal Qila grounds.
The Central Coordinating Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) strongly condemned the demolition of the walls of Lal Qila Ground and the damage to its offices.
“A heavy contingent of (Pakistani) rangers and administration stormed Nine Zero in the darkness of the night between Saturday and Sunday and demolished the walls of Lal Qila (Sol) using heavy machinery as well as at the Khurshid Memorial Center, “MQM said. Central Coordinating Committee in a press release.
The MQM is led by Altaf Hussain and every year on December 9, thousands of MQM activists converge on the Lal Qila field to remember the martyrs of Sindh. It was also on December 9 that Altaf Hussain’s brother (Nasir Hussain) and his nephew Arif Hussain were martyred after intense torture at the hands of Pakistani security forces.
This year, people from all over Sindh were also due to visit Lal Qila grounds on December 9 to commemorate Martyrs’ Day.
“The demolition of the walls of Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad, which was the site of inter-Muslim unity, religious tolerance and community harmony, from which the message of peace and brotherhood was transmitted, proved that religious extremists who promote religious fanaticism do not like places that teach peace and brotherhood, ”the MQM explained in its press release.
After a demolition campaign, Pakistani security forces besieged Lal Qila land to ensure that no Sindhi could reach it on December 9.
The Central Coordinating Committee called on national and international human rights organizations to raise their voices in protest against this heinous act.