One killed as funeral procession participants fired upon

Published: March 4, 2013
People attend funeral prayer who were killed in bomb attack, a day earlier, in Karachi March 4, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

People attend funeral prayer who were killed in bomb attack, a day earlier, in Karachi March 4, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

People attend funeral prayer who were killed in bomb attack, a day earlier, in Karachi March 4, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS Coffin of one of the blast victims being brought for the funeral.

KARACHI: One  person was killed and at least 14 people were injured when participants of the Abbas Town funeral procession came under heavy fire at Al-Asif Square near Sohrab Goth, Express News reported.

Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed said that heavy firing by unknown men at Sohrab Goth came from “all sides.”

He said that at least 14 people were injured, including five Rangers personnel.

Some buses and vehicles including three ambulance were also torched near the highway. Six hotels were also burnt.

Members of the procession also came under fire at Ancholi where more people were injured.

While police and Rangers were not deployed when the firing started, they had been deployed after the participants of the funeral procession had passed through Sohrab Goth.

The government announced that pillion riding will be banned from midnight on March 4.

A crackdown against banned organisations will also be launched.

Funeral prayers for Abbas Town victims

Funeral prayers of people who were killed in Sunday’s twin blasts in Abbas Town were held earlier today. The funeral prayers were led by Maulana Shaikh Salahuddin. A large crowd turned out for the funeral prayers.

The dead were buried at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard in Karachi.

Earlier, funeral prayers of six of the dead were offered at Shuhada Karbala Imambargah in Ancholi.

As many as 50 people were killed and 140 people were injured when two bombs went off in a residential complex in Abbas Town, Karachi on March 3, 2013.

On the request of Karachi Traders Association, the Shia Ulema Council called off the strike, while Karachi Transport Ittehad also decided to end transport strike.

MNA Shazia Marri turned away

When MNA Shazia Marri arrived at Abbas Town on Monday afternoon — apparently for recording of a show — incensed area residents forced her car to turn back.

Express News bureau chief Akbar Ali said that at first the area residents thought the Marri had arrived to  condole with them. When they saw that the MNA was there for recording a programme, they forced her entourage to turn back. Some angry members of the crowd slapped Marri’s car as it made its way out of the area.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 4, 2013 - 3:32PM

    People of Karachi have no other work to do, except to mourn the deaths of innocent people who are either killed in target killings or suicide bombings, whereas all the government officers and VIP’s are living happily under the protection of Police and Rangers.

    What a shame.


  • Pathani
    Mar 4, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Extremely sad My heart goes out to the family of the martyrs.May God grant martyrs peace and their families the strength to bear this terrible loss.:(


  • ss
    Mar 4, 2013 - 4:32PM

    if they keep on governing us like this i am afraid the day is not far when ppl won’t force her car to turn back instead they will tear it down with ppl sitting in that car.


  • Ayesha
    Mar 4, 2013 - 4:41PM

    i am praying for these innocent shias too, May Allah bless them.
    and i am sure i am still a sunni muslim ( dont need any fatwa)Recommend

  • Zalam Singh
    Mar 4, 2013 - 4:47PM

    “Let us form ourselves as members of one nation. Let us eliminate the complexes of majority and minority. Let us treat citizens of Pakistan as members of one family and frame such a constitution as may not break this tie so that all communities may stand shoulder to shoulder on equal footing in time of need and danger. I do not consider myself as a member of the minority community. I consider myself as one of seven crores of Pakistanis. Let me have to retain that privilege.”

    A speech you all ignored in 1949, and now you suffer.


  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Mar 4, 2013 - 6:18PM

    This thing is going towards Civil War…..


  • Mochi
    Mar 4, 2013 - 6:32PM

    Now what was the fault of these innocent Karachiites that they fired at for retaliating the yesterday bombings? Both sects need to get rid of this extremism.


  • ram
    Mar 4, 2013 - 6:53PM

    It is all the work of RAW. Muslims cannot kill muslims.Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:03PM

    These monsters are out of control. First they kill over 40 innocents including women and children. Then they start shooting at the participants of funeral. This is too unbelievable.

    @Mochi, don’t be ignorant please. Extremists are only from one sect targeting innocents from the other sect. If you can’t read and understand then news then please have someone else do it for you.


  • Yoghurt lover
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Those who were fired upon, were they Sunni or Shia?


  • Mar 4, 2013 - 8:20PM

    @Voice of D.I.Khan:

    Yes, I agree…..


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:22PM

    @Zalam Singh:

    A speech you all ignored in 1949, and
    now you suffer

    That’s hypocritical coming from citizen of a nation that was formed on the basis of intolerance!


  • Ammar
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:31PM

    So people still think that the outside forces are behind all this ?


  • Abbas
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:32PM

    “A crackdown against banned organisations will also be launched.”

    When this will will happen?


  • Aeschylus
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:41PM

    It is not about Shia and suní its all about politics the politics which already been practiced in Muslim world not only in reacent era but in the past ,like said Mr.hemfers or Lawrence of Arabia or recently in eraqw ,Iran Syria ,Lebanon,Kuwait, Egypt now in Pakistan .I am strong Sunni but don’t thing I would try to impose my ideas on Shia by force so how can I even think to fight with them? It’s all about politics help by Pakistani political party govern by islam’ enemies


  • Abbas
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:49PM

    The government announced that pillion riding will be banned from midnight on March 4.
    A crackdown against banned organisations will also be launched.


  • Syed
    Mar 4, 2013 - 9:13PM

    @Yoghurt lover. You should know the answer to that.


  • paindu
    Mar 4, 2013 - 9:48PM

    sad. . Extremely sad


  • HK
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:12PM

    This is nothing but a criminalization of religion by thugs, both shia and sunni. Can we imagine any of these terrorists of either sect offering prayers to any god? An honest and apolitical police force and competent intelligence agencies would have taken care of this scourge long time back. Lets understand that this chaos is organized chaos, this disorder is ‘ordered’ and this anarchy is planted anarchy. In Karachi, it is to divide and rule the city and in Baluchistan it is to divide and exploit the province. Only a popular struggle can dislodge them.


  • Shah
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:37PM

    Why raw only target to Shia,


  • punjabiputtar
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:44PM

    Why is no strike called or flags flying at half mast when sunnis are killed by shias? Why is there so much discrimination? Arent sunnis part of pakistan and their lived equally valuable?


  • Tamil Arasan
    Mar 5, 2013 - 12:17AM

    I can’t believe, It’s insane that they are even attacking funeral procession…!!!


  • Raju
    Mar 5, 2013 - 12:40AM

    Pakistan in making of another afghanistan


  • qzj00
    Mar 5, 2013 - 1:13AM

    I may be exaggerating but, having seen the behaviour of our government, I am on the verge of praying that some civilized nation of this world can come to rescue the residents of Karachi!
    (Either that or some angels from the sky!)


  • amanat
    Mar 5, 2013 - 8:52PM

    This is extremely shameful act and must be condemned. This shows complete failure of the government and absence of law enforcement agencies. This also shows that such brutal acts are being performed in Karachi in connivance with the government and its so called allies. Chief Minister should immediately resign for his complete failure for the maintenance of law and order in the city.


  • Mar 5, 2013 - 10:31PM

    As if killing 45 innocent, including women, children and elderly was not enough; these shameless terrorists attacked their funeral procession as well. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and families of those killed. It is encouraging to see the people of Karachi stand steadfast and united by donating generously for the victims’ families, while doing a blood drive for the injured. It is time to send a clear signal to these hateful terrorists that people have strongly rejected due to their indiscriminate killings. We stand united against these ruthless enemies and support the Pakistani people’s quest for peace.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command


  • Fawad
    Mar 6, 2013 - 2:07AM

    Learn to blaim ourselves first. Poor governance and security.


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