Update 12 June 2010:
Shia and Barelvi leaders in Karachi point towards the Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists for sectarian terrorism in Karachi:
Shia cleric Allama Abbas Komaili, heading the Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan rally at Kharadar, condemned the attacks and said at least nine members of his sect have been killed during the last 15 days.
He was of the opinion that a banned Sunni militant outfit was behind the targeted killings, and the government had failed to provide protection to Shias.
Sunni Tehreek (ST) leader Mobin Qadri said the government should take serious action against the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, which was currently working with a new name of the ASWJ. He said instead of taking action against the SSP, the police had unfairly sealed the office of the ST. A future strategy would be decided in a meeting with the party’s chief, he added.
Leaders of the ASWJ (Sipah-e-Sahaba) also levelled similar allegations against the authorities. ASWJ spokesman Ehsanullah Farooqui said his organisation had lost 17 members this year. Addressing a rally, he said that some people in Ancholi were openly abusing the Sahaba-e-Karaam. The leaders said if the killing of their activists did not stop, they would protest in front of the Governor’s House and announce a future plan of action. Some members of ASWJ have also asked the Sunni people through loudspeakers of mosques to come out on the streets to safeguard and protect the honour of the Sahaba-e-Karaam.
Source: Daily Times
Here are are number of most recent reports from Karachi. It appears that the local administration in Karachi, under extreme pressure from Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, has decided to give a free hand to terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba (currently camouflaged as the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ)).
Consequently, a number of persons belonging to Barelvi and Shia sects have been injured or killed by the Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists.
Here are some news reports on this issue:
Sectarian tension grips Karachi
Source: The News, Friday, June 11, 2010
By our correspondents
Sectarian tensions gripped the city on Thursday as several shops and vehicles were set ablaze and many people were injured when religious groups clashed with each other in two different incidents.
At least nine people were injured in a clash between the Sunni Tehreek (ST) and the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) in the New Karachi Industrial Area police limits. Eight warehouses, six shops, two restaurants, five houses and two vehicles were set on fire.
Both groups exchanged fire for several hours; as a result, four people received bullet wounds.
The injured were identified as Farooq, Muhammad Ameen, Abu Bakr and Muhammad
After the clash, shops and petrol pumps in Godhra Camp were closed and traffic was suspended.
Similarly, shops and markets in New Karachi, Bilal Colony, New Karachi Industrial and other areas of district central also remained closed. Later, the enraged mob damaged a fire tender and beat up Fire Officer Ashraf Ansari and his four firemen.
Soon after the incident, contingents of police and Rangers personnel rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.
The law enforcement personnel carried out a search operation in the area and arrested more than 30 miscreants, recovering weapons from their possession.
Meanwhile, the police also arrested the Imam of the New Karachi Godra Camp Masjid. The area people cordoned off the New Karachi Industrial Area police station to protest his arrest. They were demanding his release.
Later in another incident on Thursday night, the law and order situation worsened in the Ancholi area once again and police and Rangers had to fire teargas to prevent a clash between two rival groups.
Eyewitnesses said a rally of the Sunni Tehreek (ST) was passing through the Ancholi area when the clash occurred. Shops were immediately closed and panic gripped the area.
Police and Rangers personnel rushed to the area and resorted to aerial firing and teargas shelling to disperse the activists.
All businesses on Sharah-e-Pakistan and the adjoining areas of F B Area were closed and the vehicular traffic was diverted to other roads and thoroughfares.
Ali Qadir, a resident in the Ancholi area, said he was buying some food items from a confectionary when he heard people shouting slogans.
“I came out and saw two groups of people, having flags of their respective parties, chanting slogans against each other’s sects.”
Senior police officials were not immediately available for comments but some police personnel deputed in the area confirmed that the clash was sectarian in nature.
“But we had clear instructions from our high-ups not to let both the groups clash at any cost and we were authorised of using maximum force to prevent any clash,” Adnan, an ASI present on the occasion, told The News.
The law enforcers blocked roads leading to Sohrab Goth and Shahrah-e-Pakistan to control the situation, he maintained.
On Wednesday, the killing of an activist of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) in Bahadurabad on Wednesday morning, triggered violence as angry protesters torched three vehicles and damaged a restaurant, a bus stand and a CNG station in Ancholi.
The protesters also blocked Shahra-e-Pakistan, creating a traffic gridlock in the area, and vehicles coming from the Super Highway were diverted on other routes.
3 hurt in Godhra sectarian clash
Source: Daily Times
KARACHI: A clash between two rival groups left three injured on Thursday evening in the Godhra locality of New Karachi.
Sources said the clash took place between the Deoband and Barelvi factions after around four Sunni Tehreek (ST) activists – Abdullah, Muslim, Faisal and Farrukh – shot and injured a young man named Bilal after an exchange of hot words.
The clash took place near the Rehmania Masjid, in which members of both groups resorted to firing and blocked the busy thoroughfare for hours by pelting the passing vehicles with stones, causing a massive traffic jam.
At least three people were injured in the clash and taken to the hospital, where they were identified as Ameen Farooq, 18, Abu Bakar Muhammad Hussain, 15, and Farooq Muhammad Ali, 22.
As per reports, unidentified men torched seven shops and two houses and also attacked fire brigade vehicles attempting to put out the fire.
Fire brigade officials returned to the fire stations as they refused to be on the site without police protection.
ST spokesman Fahimuddin Sheikh said the miscreants, affiliated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), attacked Barelvis and destroyed their properties.
The rival group torched at least 24 shops, seven houses and a sector office of the ST, he added.
“If the culprits are not arrested, the ST would punish them,” he warned.
However, ASWJ spokesman Ahsanullah Farooqui said they did not have anything to do with the clash, as it was purely between the Deobandis and Barelvis.
Unconfirmed reports suggested the law enforcers detained some people including the Rehmania Masjid pesh imam who was later released after some people staged a protest against his detention. staff report
Situation tense in Ancholi after clashes
Upadated on: 11 Jun 10 01:36 PM
Source: Samaa TV
KARACHI: Situation in Ancholi area of Karachi was tense after armed clashes erupted between two rival groups late night, sources said Friday.
One man named Ali Raza was killed while three others were injured during armed clashes in Ancholi area Thursday.
The clashes allegedly began when a religious group was rallying near Water Pump and chanted slogans against their rival group.
Police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the activists and arrested three criminals.
Situation was still tense in the area as funeral of the deceased man Ali Raza will be held today after Friday prayers.
Security arrangements have been tightened in the area to avoid any untoward incident. Rangers and police have been deployed to bring the situation under control. SAMAA