ISLAMABAD: On the appeal of religious parties, a countrywide shutter-down strike has been observed against possible amendment in the Blasphemy law on Friday, all the markets, shops and other trade centers remained closed completely from Peshawar to Karachi.
According to details, there was complete shutter-down strike in entire country against the possible change in the blasphemy law; the strike was observed on the appeal of various religious parties including Tehreek-e- Namuse-e- Resalat, Tehreek-e- Hurmat-e-Rasool (PBUH), Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazalur Rehman), Jamaatud Dawa, Aalmi Majalis-e-Tahafuz-e-Nabuwat, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI –S).
The markets remained closed and complete shutter-down strike was observed in all four provincial capitals, major cities and AJK. Various main markets in Lahore including Mall road, Hall road, Azam Market, Shah Alam Market, Rang Mahal and Badmi Bagh.
The people actively took part in the strike. Only the medical stores and basic commodities shops were opened.
Various religious parties including JI, JUI, JeD staged rallies, demonstrations and conferences against any possible amendment in the blasphemy law in different cities.
According to reports from Karachi, all markets, trade centers and small factories completely closed and all labours, daily wages and business communities have supported the strike and more than 500 small and big trade centers including Saddar, Tariq road, Clifton, Old City area, Aram Bagh, MA Jinnah road, Liaquat Abad and other closed in the city.
The strike was also observed in entire Sindh. All the trade centers remained close on this occasion. The daily life routine affected and petrol pumps closed in all major cities of Sindh including Larakana, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad.
The religious parties staged rallies and demonstrations against any change in the blasphemy law and government’s efforts for giving pardon to Christian woman Asya in various cities.
Reports from Quetta suggested that the strike was observed in various cities including in Quetta in Balochistan province. The shutter-down strike was observed in main markets of Quetta including Liaquat Bazaar, Prince road, Masjid road and Circular road.
The shutter-down strike was also observed in different cities of Balochistan including Noshki, Qalat, Khusdar, Mastung, Kharan, Bolan and Gwadar.
Similarly, the strike was also observed in various cities of the country including Multan, Fasialabad, Sheikhopura, Khoshab, DG Khan, Layyah, DI Khan and Peshawar.
The strike was also observed in various cities of AJK including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Kotli.
The leaders of various religious parties including Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Syed Munawar Hassan, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, Qazi Hussian Ahmad and Liaquat Baloch addressed the protest rallies in different cities.
In their addresses, the religious leaders said that successful strike against efforts to amend the blasphemy law has proved that the people of the country are ready to render every kind of sacrifice for the protection of blasphemy law and Tahafuz-e- Namoos-e-Reslat.
They warned the rulers to refrain from efforts for amendment in the blasphemy law otherwise millions of people would come out on roads and oust the rulers from the power.
They suggested that the rulers should approve resolutions from the National Assembly and Senate in the favour of blasphemy law and demanded to cancel the membership of Sherry Rehman for openly opposing the blasphemy law and sack Punjab Governor Salman Taseer for supporting Asya.