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ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Sunni Council on Thursday took out a large "Azmat-e-Sahaba and Ahle Bayt" rally in D-Chowk Islamabad, urging the government to devise necessary legislation to protect the honour of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Ahle Bayt.

The participants of the rally gathered here at D-Chowk from Rawalpindi and other parts of the country as per an agreement with the Islamabad police and the district administration, under which participants strictly followed the route provided by the processions.

Mutthida Sunni Council President Qazi Abdul Rasheed, Maulana Ahmed Ludhyanvi, Chairman Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Pakistan, MPA Molana Muavia Azam, and others participated in the rally.

Addressing participants, speakers said it was obligatory for every Muslim to protect the honour of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his companions, and the Ahle Bayt. They said no one had the right to hurt the sentiments of followers of other sects, and urged the government to take action against those who damaged peace and brotherhood in the society.

They further urged the government to have lasting peace in the country to bring legislation in this regard, and also ensure the implementation of the laws, so that no one could take law in his hands. Police in the twin cities took serious security arrangements for the marchers as well as for the general public.

March organisers were given responsibility of security in the inner cordon and around the stage. Arrangements were made for physical searches and the use of metal detectors, and walk-through gates were installed.

The Islamabad Traffic Police on the occasion also made separate arrangements for the smooth flow of traffic, which was directed to devise alternative routes for motorists, while Jinnah Avenue remained closed for few hours. Organisers arranged over 5,000 chairs for the venue, and arrangements for another more than 10,000 participants were made behind the seating area.

The rally was participated by thousands of people who arrived from Murree, Azad Kashmir, Hazara Division, District Attock, and other adjacent parts of the twin cities.

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