IJT funerals held by charged activists

KARACHI, Sept 15: The funeral prayers for two Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) activists who were killed a day earlier were held after Friday prayers. Two others had been already held after midnight Thursday as their bodies had to be sent to Chakwal and Skardu.

Seven people were killed 7:00 p.m. Thursday, including the IJT workers, when nine unidentified men on three motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on a G7 route bus on University Road and later threw inside an explosive substance believed by some to be a hand grenade. Imran Shahid's funeral was held under the imamat of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) NWFP Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq at Numaish Chowrangi while Atif Butt's was held in Khokrapar, Malir on Friday. Ghulam Siddique's funeral prayer was held under the imamat of former city nazim Niamatullah Khan on New M. A. Jinnah Road near Islamia College while the funeral prayers of Habibullah were held at Imambargah Punjatani in Lines Area on Thursday. Imran Shahid's body was sent to Chakwal and Ghulam Siddique's body was sent to Gilgit. Habiballah's body was sent to Skardu.

"Altaf Hussain's entire life is grossly dipped in the blood of innocent people. He is an absconder. There are numerous cases registered against him in almost every police station in Karachi. Altaf must stop shedding peoples' blood because this tactic will not support the deteriorated state of the MQM's popularity," former city nazim Niamatullah Khan said while talking to the media prior to Ghulam Siddique's funeral.

"Whenever IJT's nazim calls for a march towards Islamabad, I prefer to participate as an IJT activist rather than a former minister. The days are numbered for the tyrants. The authoritarian rule is about to end soon," Siraj-ul-Haq said after the funeral.

"The MQM is responsible of killing innocent citizens. People have now recognized the MQM's face covered in blood. People have now understood the tricks that the MQM uses to turn the flow of politics, by killing people," JI Karachi Ameer Dr Meraj-ul-Huda Siddiqui said in his speech before Ghulam Siddique's funeral prayers.

"Killing students is part of a conspiracy to sabotage the peaceful environment of academic institutions. We demand the murderers be arrested without delay, failing which, the administration would be responsible for any resulting action," Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) Karachi President Syed Ali Naqvi said.

The activists chanted slogans against Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan and Muttahidda Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain. They also chanted: "O the people of Karachi! What do you want?" The reply that followed was: "We want Altaf's head." Leaders of the Opposition parties, JI and IJT, were also present at the funeral prayers and among them were Islami Tehrik Leader Allama Nazir Abbass Naqvi, Jafferia Alliance Pakistan Leader Senator Allama Abbas Kumaili, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Sindh President Zubair Khan, MNAs and MPAs of the MMA, JI Balochistan former ameer Maulana Abdul Haq Baloch, IJT Pakistan General Secretary Atiq-ur-Rehman, IJT Sindh Nazim Faisal Sheikh and IJT Punjab Nazim Allah Bux Leghari.

Meanwhile, the MQM has denied the allegations and said that the Jamaat-e-Islami is involved in the incident. "We condemn the incident. The Jamaat-e-Islami has once again started 'dead body politics' to recover its fading credibility among the masses," said a press statement issued from MQM's Nine Zero headquarters. The same statement claimed that during the incident, Osama Zubair, the brother of Hamad and member of the party, was also injured. Daily Times

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