This Muharam could be a very violent Muharam for Pakistani Shia. On November 2 the Pakistan Interior Minister mourned the killing of terrorist Hakimullah Mehsud, who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Shia. The minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said of the drone strike:
"This is not just the killing of one person, it's the death of all peace efforts."
Under the Pakistan Taliban leader Mehsud, his brutal and heartless organisation slaughtered Pakistani soldiers and civilians, targeting Shia Muslims, and almost derailed this year's general election by selectively targeting liberal parties.
On the same day as the Minister's speech, 6 Shia Hazara were killed, but the massacre wasn't even worthy of mention..
There is not a hint of what the criteria will be for issuing the permit, but the fear is that it will be denied when it is suspected that the applicant would 'provoke'.
Shia speakers in rural areas do react emotionally to provocation by Takfiris, whose messages of hate should indeed be prohibited by law, but this does not happen during the month of Moharram, the month of mourning. Shia speakers do not say a word against Sunnis; they merely refute Takfiri propaganda against their faith.
Prohibiting the use of loudspeakers specifically at Shia religious meetings during the holy month of Muharram is a direct attack on the rights of Shia to propagate their faith, as they always have done. Again, it is an assault on their religious freedom.