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Pakistani protesters denounce Saudi death sentence

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Another protest rally in the port city of Karachi against the death sentence handed down to prominent Shia Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, by a Saudi court.
This time, Shia religious leaders are on the streets against the sentence. Chanting “down with USA”, “Down with Israel” and “Down with Al-e-Saud”, these religious scholars believe the sentence is politically motivated and so will benefit these imperial states. These furious Shia protesters are demanding that the International community put more pressure on the Saudi government to revoke Sheikh Nimr death sentence. They are also condemning the Kingdom for what they call the zero-tolerance for dissent. They also hold the kingdom responsible for spreading sectarianism across the world and creating Takfiri terrorist groups like ISIL.They also condemn the double standards of the US government that introduces itself as a champion of democracy and on the other hand it turned a blind eye over grave human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s Specialized Criminal Court in its capital on October 15 handed down the death ruling against Sheikh Nimr. The human rights group Amnesty International has called the death sentence “appalling,” and “politically motivated”.

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