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

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Hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims march in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore to condemn the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in a US airstrike near Baghdad.

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SHOTLIST: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 12, 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)

  1. WOMEN PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER AND SHI’ITE FLAGS STANDING/BANNER READING (Urdu/English) DEATH TO AMERICA RALLY-DOWN WITH U.S.A -DOWN WITH ISRAEL”
  2. CHILDREN HOLDING UP PICTURES OF FATHER OF IRANIAN REVOLUTION, AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI AND IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER ALI KHAMNENEI
  3. PICTURES OF IRANIAN GENERAL QASSEM SOLEIMANI AND DEPUTY LEADER OF IRAQ'S POPULAR MOBILISATION FORCES ABU MAHDI AL-MUHANDIS, KILLED BY U.S, HELD BY CHILD
  4. WOMEN HOLDING PICTURES OF SULEIMANI
  5. MEN HOLDING BANNER AND FLAGS STANDING
  6. MAN HOLDING PICTURE OF SULEIMANI MAKING VICTORY SIGN
  7. MAN PAINTING “TRUMP” (NAME OF U.S PRESIDENT) ON ROAD
  8. PROTESTERS STEPPING UPON NAME OF TRUMP
  9. PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING SHI’ITE SLOGANS
  10. MEN MARCHING AND CHANTING “MARTYRDOM”
  11. PLACARD HELD BY CHILD READING (Urdu) “NO AGRESSION ACCEPTABLE AGAINST IRAN”
  12. CHILDREN HOLDING PICTURES OF SULEIMANI
  13. CHILDREN HOLDING PICTURES OF SULEIMANI WHILE PROTESTERS CHANTING “LABBAIK YA HUSSEIN”
  14. CHILD WEARING SHROUD WITH WRITING (Farsi) “DEATH TO AMERICA”
  15. MAN WITH SHROUDED CHILD CHANTING (Farsi) “I AM QASSEM SULEIMANI, DOWN WITH AMERICA”
  16. CHILDREN DRESSED AS SOLDIERS HOLDING DECOY GUNS STANDING
  17. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SHI’ITE CLERIC, MOHAMMAD AFZAL, SAYING: “The objective of our today’s rally to raise our voice against American atrocity. It (America) has violated international laws. It has brutally martyred General Qassem Suleimani on the soil of an independent country. We strongly condemn it and we want to tell America that the nations with keen sense of honour condemn your action.”
  18. ROAD LEADING TOWARDS U.S CONSULATE BLOCKED BY SHIPPING CONTAINER
  19. POLICE IN RIOT GEAR NEXT TO CONTAINER
  20. POLICE IN RIOT GEAR STANDING NEXT TO BLOCKADE
  21. PROTESTERS/AUDIO OF SPEECH
  22. FEMALE PROTESTERS LISTENING TO SPEECHES

STORY: Hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims rallied in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Sunday (January 12), to condemn the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in a US airstrike near 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 Sunday’s demonstration, the protesters held banners and pictures of Soleimani and deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

“Death to America”, they chanted.

The rally was organized by different Shi’ite organisations jointly. They also had announced to march from Punjab Assembly to the US Consulate. But they were stopped by the police who had placed shipping containers to block the road.

The protest leaders said the killing of top military commanders in Iraq was not the matter only concerning with Iran but of the entire Muslim Umma.

“The objective of our today’s rally to raise our voice against American atrocity. It (America) has violated international laws. It has brutally martyred General Qassem Suleimani on the soil of an independent country. We strongly condemn it and we want to tell America that the nations with keen sense of honour condemn your action,”said Shi’ite cleric, Mohammad Afzal.

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.

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.

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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