MMA to hold ‘million march’ against Aasia’s acquittal on Thursday


The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on Monday said it plans to hold a ‘million march’ in Karachi on Thursday against the Supreme Court’s recent acquittal of Christian blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi.

Last Wednesday, the apex court in a landmark judgement, had accepted Aasia Bibi’s appeal against her sentence, following which several religio-political parties had taken to the streets to protest, which at some places had escalated into riots.

A day later, JUI-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman, whose party is one of several that constitutes the multi-party MMA alliance, had announced that a ‘million march’ would be held in Karachi, where he said “the future strategy” on the issue would be chalked out. On Monday, the JUI-F recapitulated their plans, urging party workers to gather at Shahrah-e-Quaideen on November 8.

Thursday’s march will be Rehman’s second major political event after he headed a rally in Peshawar last Friday.

In the Peshawar rally, the JUI-F head had held the PTI government responsible for the turmoil in the wake of the SC’s verdict, and announced that his countrywide agitation would continue until the government was ousted.