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Pakistani Shi’ites protest killing of Iranian general Suleimani in U.S airstrike.

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Dozens of Shi’ite Muslim stage a protest in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi to condemn the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in a US airstrike in Baghdad.

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SHOTLIST: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 10, 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)

  1. PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER BEARING PICTURES OF IRANIAN GENERAL QASSEM SOLEIMANI, WHO WAS KILLED IN A US AIRSTRIKE IN BAGHDAD, CHANTING (Urdu) “DEATH TO AMERICA”
  2. DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING “GOD IS GREATEST”
  3. ELDERLY PROTESTER AMONG OTHERS LISTENING TO SPEECH
  4. PICTURE OF SULEIMANI AND ABU MAHDI AL-MUHANDIS, ON BANNER
  5. PROTESTERS CHANTING “DOWN WITH AMERICA”
  6. PROTEST LEADER ADDRESSING
  7. PROTESTERS LISTENING
  8. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SHI’ITE CLERIC, ALLAMA NAZIR NAQVI, SAYING: “In future, United Nations should take action if America dares to take such a step. This is against the law and against the charter of United Nations. United Nations should have adopted resolution against America and pressurise it when it carried out the attack. Today, the America passed a bill that he can not take any action without taking congress into confidence.”
  9. PROTESTERS CHANTING “DOWN WITH ISRAEL’
  10. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SHI’ITE CLERIC, ALLAMA NAZIR NAQVI, SAYING: “I hope that situation in Muslim world will remain under control. Iranian leadership is sober. It will not take an action with giving it thinking. I hope that these matters will be resolved through dialogue.”
  11. PROTESTERS CHANTING “GOD IS GREATEST”
 

STORY: Dozens of Shi’ite Muslims staged a protest in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi on Friday (January 10), to condemn the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in a US airstrike in Baghdad.

Suleimani, an Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and, from 1998 until his death in 2020, commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq last week.

A multi-city funeral was held in Iraq and Iran for the killed general and other casualties. Hours after Soleimani's burial on 7 January 2020, the Iranian military launched missiles against U.S. bases in Iraq; no American or Iraqi lives were lost in the attack.

In Friday’s demonstration, the protesters held banner bearing pictures of Soleimani and deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

“Death to America” and “Down with Israel”, they chanted.

Killing of Soleimani and deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, by a US drone strike near Baghdad's airport on January 3, triggered tensions in the region.

“In future, United Nations should take action if America dares to take such a step. This is against the law and against the charter of United Nations. United Nations should have adopted resolution against America and pressurise it when it carried out the attack. Today, the America passed a bill that he can not take any action without taking congress into confidence,”said Si’ite cleric Allama Nazir Naqvi.

The U.S House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution to limit President Trump's ability to engage in hostilities against Iran under the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

Naqvi hoped the confrontation would be resolved through dialogue.

“I hope that situation in Muslim world will remain under control. Iranian leadership is sober. It will not take an action with giving it thinking. I hope that these matters will be resolved through dialogue.”

In the aftermath of the confrontation, both U.S and Iran have backed off from intensifying the conflict but the region remains tense.

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