KARACHI: Women from different walks of life joined representatives of NGOs working for cause of women empowerment in large numbers, at Karachi Press Club on Thursday, to register their protest against cowardly attempt on life on Malala Yousufzai. Protesters who strongly condemned the attack on the girl student’s van that injured three girls, including Malala, said it was an assault on the symbol of resistance against resistance and extremism.
The protest organised by the Joint Action Committee comprising Women Action Forum, Pakistan Peace Committee, National Students’ Federation, Labour Party Pakistan, Aurat Foundation and the Workers Party Pakistan was followed by a candle lit vigil. The protesters lit candles as well as oil lamps. They also had bands tied around their arms and heads, inscribed with slogan, “I am Malala”. Speakers, including Anis Haroon, Karamat Ali, Saleha Athar, Ramzan Memon, Nasir Mansoor, Malka Khan, Farhat Parveen, Khurram Abbas and others on the occasion demanded an immediate enquiry into the matter where all the culprits must be brought to justice.
They also prayed for early recovery of the brave daughter of Pakistan and expressed their solidarity with her family. The speakers urged the government to prepare an anti-terrorism policy to combat the menace and said that across the board deweaponisation was also essential to get rid of terrorism.