Karachi: 16 injured over disputed mosque
KARACHI: Eight workers each, belonging to the Sunni Tehreek (ST) and a banned religious organization, were injured on Friday afternoon, as they fought and fired at each other in the jurisdiction of Surjani Police Station.
Imam Ahmed Raza Masjid, situated in Taiser Town, was sealed nearly two years back over disputed claims. The children of both the ST and banned outfit workers got into a dispute over an unknown issue of Friday, after which their elders came out of their homes and fought outside the mosque.
“Members of both groups came out of their homes, carrying, cricket bats, sticks and iron rods, and started fighting with each other, instead of resolving the dispute by dialogue,” said Gadap Town SP Mir Hussain Lehri. Eight workers of each group were taken to different hospitals.
When the police reached the scene of the clash, members of the banned group broke the locks on the gate of the mosque and hid inside, according to SP Lehri. Members of both groups were injured and FIRs will be registered against them both leading to arrests, he added.
The SP revealed that the dispute between the two parties has continued since the mosque was sealed, which is why the Lyari Expressway management, to end the violence, even decided to established a new mosque. This mosque is under construction but it will take two more weeks to be completed, while the mosque that was reopened by the banned group has been sealed again, said the SP.
The ST central leader, Shahid Ghouri, while talking to Daily Times, claimed that his party workers did not fire at anyone and he blamed Qari Ashraf, Amanullah and Nadeem, members of the rival religious organization. “They wanted to occupy the sealed mosque, and they did just that after attacking us. The rival organization members injured our workers and the police is trying reach a compromise. Is this justice” he questioned. The ST has demanded the arrest of the culprits and the closure of the mosque once again, said Ghouri. The ST can turn this into a big issue if its demands are not met, he added.