Lahore protests against terrorism, attacks on Sufi shrines

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 06, 2011 18:10 hrs

A rally was staged in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, on Sunday, against militancy and attacks on Sufi shrines.

Police said that over 10,000 people took part in the rally and chanted slogans against terrorism.

Calling for the restoration of peace in the country, the demonstrators said that they were exhausted by the repeated bombings and suicide attacks.

They marched from the Punjab provincial assembly building to the city's main Data Darbar shrine, amid tight security.

The Pakistan Awami Tehreek party organized the rally.

"Islam is religion of peace and acts of terrorism and bloodshed are against its teachings," the party's local chief Raheek Abbasi told the rally.

He appealed to the government to "improve resources and provide jobs and justice to the people to end the menace."

Sunday's protest came three days after a bomb blast near a Sunni Muslim shrine in Lahore killed two people and wounded more than a dozen worshippers. (ANI)

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