Procession attacked in Karachi

Published: September 1, 2010
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The Yaum-i-Shahadat Hazrat Ali (RA) procession passing through MA Jinnah Road in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI

The Yaum-i-Shahadat Hazrat Ali (RA) procession passing through MA Jinnah Road in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI

The Yaum-i-Shahadat Hazrat Ali (RA) procession passing through MA Jinnah Road in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI At least three people were injured when assailants opened fire at the procession. At least three people were injured in the firing incident.

Seven people were injured in a firing incident at Empress Market in Karachi when unknown assailants attacked a Yaum-i-Shahadat Hazrat Ali (RA) procession.

Police and Rangers arrested twelve suspects and cordoned off the area. The injured were shifted nearby hospitals.

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung, the shots came from nearby buildings. According reports, the attackers did not come from anywhere, they were rather waiting in certain buildings in the area.

The incident took place despite the presence of four thousand policemen and Rangers personnel who were guarding the procession.

The procession started from Nishtar park and had reached Empress Market when the incident took place. However, the procession continued to move towards its destination.

Earlier leraders of the Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan had demanded the government increase security on Yaum-i-Ali (RA).

Security was supposed be tight and police and rangers were to be deployed at sensitive spots, mosques, imambargahs and along the route, while medical camps were be set up along the route with a main one at Numaish roundabout by Al Abbas Scouts Group.

The incident took place despite the presence of four thousand policemen and Rangers personnel who were guarding the procession.

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  • Noman Khan
    Sep 1, 2010 - 5:38PM

    Now burn Karachi once again?Recommend

  • Yasir Ali
    Sep 1, 2010 - 6:05PM

    this is not the first time that this kind of incident has taken place.Why the govt dont provide proper security to the mourning processions..? Govt also dont bother to investigate the incidents later and just try to deviate the investigation and keep the people away from the reality..
    Shame on the govt…Recommend

  • Ali Nawaz
    Sep 1, 2010 - 6:11PM

    I think government fail in these type of security measurement , Recommend

  • Salman
    Sep 1, 2010 - 6:30PM

    It is the clear evidenceof the presence of extremist Islamic banned outfits such as Sipah Sahabah and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are present in Karachi which have an agenda against all minority sects such as shias………..Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 1, 2010 - 6:30PM

    What kind of security arrangments were made?

    The Provincial Government held a meeting with the senior Police Officials to make sure that no untowards incident should occur during the procession.

    Once again, the peace of Karachi is at stake. With the start of 21st Ramadan this has happened, God knows better what will happen till Eid?Recommend

  • mehdi army
    Sep 1, 2010 - 6:54PM

    Let’s give the rule to Taliban. At least they’re good at maintaining law & order.Recommend

  • sumera ahmed
    Sep 1, 2010 - 7:16PM

    For God sake. Plz take an action abt government. Is se behter to musharaf hi the. Dis government is fail already.
    Choose a new pm, president don’t repeat n keep repeating same mistake over n over againRecommend

  • Sep 1, 2010 - 7:30PM

    Musharraf..We need you !Recommend

  • Asif Ahmad
    Sep 1, 2010 - 8:54PM

    It is time we revisit the culture of religious processions.With the advancement in terrorism methods religious processions become ripe and easy targets. Ulema should have Ijtihad on this and observe Muharam, Milad and other religious occasions indoors or at least within four walls. Processions should be done away with.Recommend

  • Asif
    Sep 1, 2010 - 10:08PM

    I agree with Mr Asif Ahmad,
    Why we always put responsibility for these kind of incidents on Government.
    These people should realize the current situation of the Country and do these processions indoors.
    Four thousand policemen were guarding this procession, what else can government do.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 2, 2010 - 12:33AM

    I don’t understand the public of Pakistan; since we know the situation in Pakistan is always a very critical one, and there are people always trying to kill, and doing target and mass killing; inspite of knowing all this, yet the normal citizens have to create a procession and walk on the streets, and for what purpose, wouldn’t it have been better for them to stay at home and read prayers. If they really wanted to remember Hazrat Ali’s shahadat, wouldn’t it preferable that they spread ‘deen’ and religion and spend most of time praying. Such processions do not really serve any purpose.

    Besides, even if the security measures would have been much tighter, or even if there were more policemen, it wouldn’t have really stopped the suicide bombers from blowing themselves up!Recommend

  • IMRAN
    Sep 2, 2010 - 10:15AM

    I fully support the view point of Mr.Anonymous.Recommend

  • Syed
    Sep 2, 2010 - 4:47PM

    I Also fully agree with Anonymous.

    Also would like to add that even if anybody wants to take out a procession, take it elsewhere where security can be provided more easily, for example Highway. Which will also be less destruptive for other citizens,
    ( I say this not only for this, but for all other processions)Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 2, 2010 - 5:37PM

    The arrangements made after the incident
    must be made before the incident.Recommend

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