Hey guys, don't wanna put anyone down but this is a serious issue that has not been receiving any international recognition. I took this from the fb post I wrote of this a little earlier.
Currently there is (or more accurately until 4:00 am AustralianEsternStnadardTime this morning, was) a major peaceful protest in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. This was headed by two major public figures in the country - Imran Khan the former cricketer and current member of the PTI political party; and a major scholar Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof.Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri .
They marched on the 14th of August, Imran from the nation's north-west in Peshawar and TUQ from the East in Lahore. They collectively led a number that has been estimated in excess of 30,000-100,000. This was in response to two major issues raised by the leaders; Imran had brought forward evidence that the previous elections (2013) had been heavily rigged and that the current Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, resign, a neutral caretaker government come in for the investigation and a re-election to be held afterwards; Dr. Qadri came for the sake of the nation's people whom have seen economic, social and legal injustice for many years with no help from the government (and a failure of the government to fulfill the majority of the articles in the constitution) in an attempt to rectify these problems and bring about major reforms to the government and society as a whole. Nawaz sharif has, from the beginning, refused to resign as such.
Imran Khan had been attempting to bring forth a commission into the election by going through the court system since the middle of last year, each time being turned away and then receiving a stay order (court orders to suspend a judicial proceeding or a judgement resulting from in it in part or in full) issued by the government. Nawaz Sharif had still declined to resign, even temporarily, for an unbiased investigation into the matter.
In June, the PAT (Dr. Qadri's party) had a peaceful rally in Lahore near the Dr.'s residence, his supporters were attacked by police officers. There was a subsequent use of canes (to beat the protesters) and live fire (by order of the Chief Minister of Punjab Shabaz Sharif - brother of Nawaz Sharif) that resulted in 90 people being injured and 14 being killed by bullets and many more injured alongside them. There was an attempt to issue a FIR (First Information Report) against the police officers, the Minister for Railways Saad Rafique and Shabaz Sharif but that was turned away for two months - meaning no attempt to even look into the situation was undertaken for this time.
A few days prior to the march, there was a second rally in Lahore, also by TUQ, in preparation for the journey to the capital. The government ordered the blocking off of the city with shipping containers, limiting supplies and access to the city itself. This remained to the day of the march. The path to the capital was also laden with shipping containers which were moved by use of a crane brought by the marchers.
Upon arrival, both leaders made it clear that the protest was peaceful and that a lawful and constitutionally legal method of approaching a solution would be attempted to the utmost. They, along with the thousands with them, were trapped between shipping containers on all sides. Supplies were restricted to the protesters who were sitting in extreme heat and rain; the tent suppliers were given a notice that no tents were to be given to the protesters or their business would shut down, their licenses cancelled, they would be issued a large fine AND they would be arrested. The water supply was poisoned (with an unknown substance) and it made it much more difficult for water to reach them.
There was an attempted assassination on TUQ within the first few days of the protest by an out of uniform police officer who had his gun drawn - claiming that he was only going back home after a shift (he was found in the middle of the crows).
Several days in, both groups announced and then peacefully moved deeper into the city to the front of Parliament. This move allowed for the protesters to finally be taken seriously and there was a subsequent officiation of negotiations. The government stalled for as much time as possible and gave little to no leeway on any demands until TUQ had threatened a "loss of control over the crowd" - this lead to barely any progress of negotiations.
The government has since Tuesday, brought in 41,000 police officers from the surrounding states, including the jail officers and railway police (guards for important government shipments, i.e. currency, etc.) which is unconstitutional.
Last night, at 3:00 am AEST, the protesters announced that they were moving from in front of Parliament to in front of Prime Minister House (maybe President House) in a peaceful manner and that there would be no damage to anyone or anything at all. The police officers which were in riot gear, initially allowed for the crowd to pass without issue. Within an hour of moving from Parliament, where many women and children were still sitting in case of danger, the police started shelling the protesters with tear gas and started firing on them with rubber bullets in the dark. The first and hardest to be hit were the women and children, many others suffered major injuries. This situation continued until 11:00 am AEST where the police officers changed shifts.
A great proportion of the crowd had reached PM house but the majority, along with the leaders were still trapped near Parliament. The shelling, use of bullets and caning of protesters resumed soon after. More than 400 people have been heavily injured with at least 4 confirmed (most definitely more) dead. The police has been forcing the discharge of wounded protesters from hospitals and threatening arrest to those who had been hit by bullets. The rubber bullets that were supposed to have been in use this entire time have been found to be live rounds and the tear gas to actually be chemical weapons that were brought in by order of the PM (these were made in the USA but were not purchased directly from them, another nation is likely to have supplied them such as Saudi Arabia). Women and young children are among the heavily wounded and there are reports of abductions of the injured by the police. 12 gauge shotguns have been used on civilians, and there is a chance that slugs and shells (ball bearing) have been used.
TL;DR: This situation is ONGOING, the shelling has NOT STOPPED. this government has come with an ILLEGAL MANDATE, they have put the nation in $$$BILLIONS of debt and has not attempted to better the lives of any people. The International Community is SILENT on this matter. The international media has reported LITTLE to NOTHING of what is happening there. THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IN PAKISTAN IS AN OPPRESSIVE REGIME AND MUST BE REMOVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
The women sitting at parliament house have been abducted by the police by fooling them into thinking that they were people from the PAT group.
The chemical weapons are confirmed canisters of phosphorous gas.
The government has ordered the killing of Imran Khan and has given the task to a police officer.
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