Tension grips Karachi as police clash with religious party’s protesters

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KARACHI – Police on Monday clashed with the activists of Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM) after their protest against the detention of religious leaders intensified in Karachi.

The leaders Allama Mirza Yousaf Hussain and Taj Hanfi were detained in the last two days over accusations of provocative speech.

A large number of MWM activists gathered in Malir-15 and staged a demonstration and demanded to release the detained leaders.

The protesters tried to shut the railway track and stopped a train. They also hurled stones at the police.Reacting to the situation, police resorted to firing and intense shelling on the protesters. Rangers’ contingent also arrived at the scene and dispersed MWM activists while collaborating with the police.

The protest has led to a worst traffic jam on the National Highway as long queues of vehicles were witnessed.

The protest is still ongoing whereas heavy of contingent of police and Rangers are present on the locaPolice tried to negotiate with the protesters thrice but all in vain as the activists refused to pay heed until their demand was fulfilled.

Security forces’ crackdown in the provincial capital has strengthened in the past couple of days.

Former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested during an early morning raid at his Karachi residence on Saturday in connection with the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area.

On the other hand, Counter-Terrorism Department on Monday has detained five terrorists involved in the killings of six people.

The terrorists belonged to banned outfit and killed two members of Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area, three workers of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) at Shafique Mor and an Imam in Nazimabad three days back.

2016-11-07

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