Masses took to the Streets in Pakistan Over Nimr's Execution
ISLAMABAD: Execution of a Saudi Shia National Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr flared pakistani shia commune sentiments as they took to the streets across pakistan, enraged and protesting the act on Sunday.
Thousands of Shias protested in various cities of the country and Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday chanting slodans against the Saudi Regime and its execution the leading cleric.
The 56-year-old Shia cleric was put to death along with 46 other activists who the Saudi interior ministry said were involved in killings and anarchy. Some were beheaded, others were shot by firing squad.
Peaceful protests were reported across the country to include Quetta where thousands called on the government to reconsider its longtime ties with Riyadh and demonstrators held placards bearing anti-Saudi slogans.
In Lahore around 1,500 took to the streets calling Nimr’s execution a gross human rights violation, while in Karachi about a thousand men, women and children shouted slogans against the royal Saudi family.
Similar protests also took place in several districts of Sindh and the federal capital Islamabad, where about hundreds gathered to call on the UN to intervene to stop Saudi Arabia from targeting Shias.
Iran and Iraq’s top Shia leaders also condemned the execution, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences.
Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” for its execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned.
Amid the rallies, Saudi foreign minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, who was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad Sunday evening, postponed his visit.
“The visit was postponed at the request of the authorities of Saudi Arabia,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding the trip would take place on January 7.
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