Joseph Colony attack: Protests turn violent in Karachi

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

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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Reader Comments (8)

  • sanity
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:53PM

    genius

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  • Ayesha
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Dear christens , you are not the only oppressed community in here. all of us are enjoying the gifts of ziaul haq

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  • Shaami
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Everything turned violent in Karachi no matter what. On the death of Benazir Bhutto my friend was in Karachi and he was telling me that most of the people involved in Arson and hoodlum activities were not locals but were economic migrants of Karachi who found another event to destroy the city and i think in every situation in Karachi people who dont owe this city join the mobs and then transform every situation into a violent scenario.

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  • Zahir Cheema
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:37PM

    @Ayesha I am an Ahmedi and I dont blame just the Zia but the PPP and Bhutto as well, The party and the person who started the discrimination was Bhutto as he laid the foundation stone of Interfering in the lives of Non Muslims and he stated that State have the right to declare someone Muslim or not??. Bhutto did make amendments in Constitution to appease the Majority and the Appeasement process started afterwards and Zia just concluded the chapter of Religious Discrimination in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:40PM

    You mix state with religion, and you create the Frankenstein’s monster.

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  • gp65
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:36PM

    @Ayesha: “Dear christens , you are not the only oppressed community in here. all of us are enjoying the gifts of ziaul haq”

    Selective amnesia eh?

    Some other historical precedents where there has been a precedent of solving disputes violently:
    1) 1946 : Direct action day
    2) 1949 : Objective resolution where the non-Muslims were made 2nd class citizens
    2) 1970: Operation searchlight kiling 3 million Bengalis.
    3) 1974: The state declaring that Ahmadis were non-Muslims thereby establishing a precedent that it was a function of state to decide people’s faith.

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  • Dee
    Mar 11, 2013 - 1:56AM

    Violent protest against violence – ONLY IN PAKISTAN :)

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  • Asad
    Mar 14, 2013 - 4:17PM

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

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