Sectarian clash: At least 10 injured in Khairpur crossfire

Published: April 27, 2012
DIG Khairpur says clerics from both sects will be drawn into negotiations to settle the matter 'once and for all'.

DIG Khairpur says clerics from both sects will be drawn into negotiations to settle the matter 'once and for all'.

KHAIRPUR: At least 10 people were injured on Friday in a crossfire during clashes that sparked late Thursday night between the members of Shia and Sunni sects.

Deputy Commissioner Khairpur Ghulam Abbas Baloch said that the clashes began when Sunni-owned shops were set ablaze in retaliation to a Shia-owned paan kiosk being set on fire.

Baloch said that the police resorted to shelling in order to control the situation. He added that the people who are involved in inciting the clash will be arrested for interrogation.

He revealed that people were firing at each other while hiding inside their houses.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sukkur Dr Amir Ahmed, while claiming that the situation was “95% under control”, rejected reports of imposing a curfew in the area and said that the people were only asked to remain in their houses for the time being.

He said that clerics from both the sects will be drawn into negotiations and that this time the police will settle the matter “once and for all”.

DIG Ahmed said that the Shia and Sunni sects in Khairpur district continued to clash with each other despite recurring dialogues that were put into place.

“This time around, the police will take action.”

Sources said that on Thursday night, members of the Shia sect opened fire at a Sunni mosque while a sermon was underway, which stirred tension between the two sects.

People from both the sects set alight shops in Naya Goth, Panjpulla Chowk, Achi Khohi, Mohalla Ali Murad areas.

Assailants also attempted to set ablaze a crockery shop owned by former senator Pakistan Muslim League – Funtional (PML-F) Chaudhry Sajid Hussain Zaidi, but police had thwarted the attempt.

A heavy contingent of Rangers and police has been deployed in different areas of Khairpur.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ahsan Shah
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Secterian outfits are being supported by our agencies to drag Saudi money. This situation is most dangerous for the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan. Why the “Free” Judiciary never takes notice of this extremely alarming situation?


    Apr 27, 2012 - 4:02PM

    The solution to all ills of PAKISTAN is to make it a secular state so that all sects and ethnicities and groups are EQUAL in the eyes of LAW.

    Pakistan is best case on why the state should be secular.


  • Syed Ahmed
    Apr 27, 2012 - 4:13PM

    you always try to show clashes between a terrorist group and it’s victims as clashes between shia and sunni


  • Apr 27, 2012 - 5:15PM

    It is the very matter of secretarian violence since decades in Khairpur. Socres of people have been shot dead in deadly tension, dozens of shops have been set on fire. Today one of family friend’s franchises have been set on fire in clash. When we’ll repsect the sects of each other?


  • Irshad
    Apr 27, 2012 - 5:22PM

    well done ASWJ and SSP terrorists organization working on Saudi money.


  • Ali
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Saudi petro dollar agents again causing trouble all across Pakistan as usual


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