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Fast against terrorism

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Human rights advocates from different religious backgrounds began a hunger strike on February 12 in protest against government inability to counter Islamic terrorism.

“2016 has just begun and already we have witnessed major terrorist attacks,” Samson Salamat, who heads the Christian Rwadari Tehreek (Movement for Tolerance), said.

“The government’s plan seems to have failed. The National Counter-Terrorism Authority has been inactive for seven years. Despite government denials, there is evidence that Daesh (Islamic State) is active in Pakistan. Banned organisations still operate freely in Punjab.”

The movement promotes respect for all religions. It organised the protest to push for the implementation of the National Action Plan.

More than 20 people held a six-hour sit-in in front of the Punjab Legislative Assembly shouting slogans against terrorism, hate speech, Islamisation and murder in the name of religion.

A large banner read, “Enough is enough!”

 

The prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, lifted a moratorium on the death penalty for terrorism-related offences and since then more than 300 people have been executed.

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