Religious leader shot dead in Karachi

Madrassah students come out on road to protest killing; angry mob sets five cars, several tyres on fire.


Faraz Khan/web Desk December 03, 2012

KARACHI: Unidentified armed men opened fire on religious leader Mufti Ismail of Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road, Karachi, Express News reported on Monday. The leader died on the spot.

Protests erupted in parts of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town after the killing. Students of the madrassah came out on roads in protest, while unidentified men also attacked public property.

Police arrested around 10 people involved in vandalism.

Situation returned to normalcy after funeral prayer of the dead religious leader was offered.

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03:11 pm

The body of the religious leader will be taken to his hometown Shikarpur for burial.

Madrassah students are still present in the area, however, they are nonviolent.

Traffic flow has been restored in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

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02:46 pm

Funeral prayer of the religious leader has been offered.

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02:16 pm

A huge number of madrassah students are gathered at Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom to attend the funeral prayer of the religious leader.

Exams scheduled to be held today at University of Karachi and Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology have been cancelled. New dates are yet to be announced.

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01:12 pm

A blast was heard in the Federal B Area, Karachi, Express News reported.

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01:10 pm

Express News correspondent Rehan Khan reported that situation has been brought under control in most of the affected areas.

However, protesters are still present in the area around Gulshan Chowrangi.

Rashid Minhas Road is still blocked and commuters are advised by traffic police to take alternate routes.

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12:35pm

Funeral prayer for the deceased religious leader will be offered after Zuhr prayer.

Police have arrested around 12 people involved in vandalism.

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12:15pm

The body of the religious leader has been brought inside the madrassah for his final rites.

Rangers have arrested ten people involved in looting activities.

Residents of the area are stranded inside their houses as violence gripped the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

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11:40am

Protesters have damaged more than a dozen cars.

Rashid Minhas Road, Abul Hassan Isphani Road and Main University Road are blocked and traffic is badly affected.

Protesters want government to assure that killers of the dead religious leader will be arrested soon.

Express News reports six people have been killed in different parts of the city in firing incidents.

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11:30am

Law enforcement officers are struggling to bring the situation under control.

Protesters have also attacked a wine shop.

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11:25am

Areas in Gulshan-e-Iqbal affected by the protests include those around Gulshan Chowrangi, NIPA, Maskan Chowrangi, Moti Mehal and Disco Bakery.

All business activities have come to a halt in the area because of the protest.

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11:00am

Five cars and several tyres were set on fire. Public property was also destroyed, while a CNG station was attacked.

The incident took place near a Rangers check post.

Police and Rangers reached the area after the killing, started an operation and arrested at least seven protesters.

Rashid Minhas Road is completely blocked because of the protest.

COMMENTS (43)

Adeel | 10 years ago | Reply The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) keep on putting the blame on each other and balancing the scorecard by equalising the number of casualties in this callous war of fear and butchery. Most of the people simple blame PPP government for blood game in Karachi, by forgetting that PPP is in coalition with MQM and ANP. PPP several time rendered its services for the solution of Karachi issues but MQM never seemed serious. Every time MQM used to blame PPP for poor law and order condition in Karachi but in fact MQM itself is playing double game that is policy of beet and weep. MQM is just trying to malign the image of PPP by issuing derogatory statements against federal government.
Tejpal | 10 years ago | Reply

Is it the best that Pakistan has taught its populace?

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