Joseph Colony attack: Protests turn violent in Karachi

Rangers, police try to disperse protesters with aerial firing and tear gas.

Web Desk March 10, 2013
Windows of buildings near Zainab Market in Karachi were also smashed by protesters. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Protests against a mob attack on a Christian Colony in Lahore turned violent in Karachi on Sunday, reported Express News.

Police resorted to aerial firing and shelled tear gas at the protesters at Fawwara Chowk and Zainab Market to disperse to them.

The protesters attacked shops and cars around Zainab Market after which markets in the area were closed down.

Several vehicles of customers, including two ambulances, were also damaged and looted during the clash, while a CNG pump and a private bank was also smashed. Affected shopowners also joined in the chaos.

Rangers reached the area after the protesters started pelting stones.

The police arrested more than 20 people during the ensuing ruckus.

Some unidentified men tried to storm into the Trinity Church near Zainab Market but were stopped by the police and Rangers.

The Shahrah-e-Faisal area near FTC was also blocked by protesters.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Raza Haroon visited the protest outside Karachi Press Club earlier, where he held the Punjab government responsible for the mob attack.

“I don’t believe that they had any prior information to the incident. It is all a lie. If they had intelligence, then why did they not do anything?” he questioned.

Haroon also urged the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the incident.

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Asad | 8 years ago | Reply

Why are people under the impression that it has something to do with religion? It's mob rule which is wreaking havoc

Dee | 8 years ago | Reply

Violent protest against violence - ONLY IN PAKISTAN :)

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