Published On: Thu, Feb 19th, 2015 on 2:13 pm

Protest to be held in Bradford to highlight Shia persecution in Pakistan

EXCLUSIVE: A protest is to be held in Bradford in an effort to highlight the persecution of members of the Shia community in Pakistan.

Pakistan Shia Attack Islamabad

Residents plan to gather outside City Hall this Saturday at 1pm, following yesterday’s terrorist attack that targeted a Shia mosque in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

At least three people were killed and many were injured, still in serious condition.

A witness told state-run Pakistan television that he was outside the mosque when a man opened fire at guards and then tried to enter.

The assailant tried to blow himself up but his jacket malfunctioned and only partially exploded.

The Jundallah militant group, which is linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is the second attack on a Shia mosque this week, after an attack in Peshawar killed at least 20 people on Friday.

“The government of Pakistan is doing nothing at all”

Organiser of the Bradford protest, who preferred us to use his nickname Georgi, said: “We want the world to know what is happening including British people and the media.

“Pakistan belongs to everybody, but innocent human beings are being killed by terrorists. We want people to stand together and get the government and activists to see and do something about this.

“But the government of Pakistan is doing nothing at all. They know who these people are, but they are just sleeping on it. And these perpetrators are harming Islam. Our Muslim brothers are being killed across the country.”

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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