A clash took place on Thursday morning between a restaurant owner and activists of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur Rehman) (JUI-F) over opening the hotel in Ramazan.
The JUI-F activists shut down other hotels in the city but Shafqat Hussain Jatoi, the restaurant owner at the truck stand, resisted. His staff and other people from the community helped him fight the JUI-F men off.
The activists protested against Jatoi and burnt tyres on the main road. Scores of people from both the sides confronted one another again but deputy commissioner Dr Azhar Hussain Shah reached the spot and was able to resolve the dispute.
Maulana Bakhtullah Pahor, a JUI-F leader, told Daily Sindh Express that Jatoi’s men beat up the party workers when they asked him to shut the hotel. He said that Jatoi had assured the activists that the restaurant would remain closed in Ramazan.
Jatoi claimed that he had stuck to his word and not opened the restaurant but the party activists deliberately made a mountain out of a molehill.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2012.
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