Shooting at ST rally in Clifton
KARACHI: Shooting was heard in close proximity to an Istikham-e-Pakistan rally held by the Sunni Tehreek (ST) in Clifton on Thursday to mark Independence Day. There were unconfirmed reports that three people were injured.
Nearly 2,000 workers and supporters including, the party’s leadership, was on its way from the Shaheed Abbas Qadri shrine to the Abdul Shah Ghazi shrine. The disturbance took place when the rally reached Punjab Chowrangi, in the jurisdiction of Frere police station, Clifton Town.
ST spokesman Tariq Mughal told Daily Times that they believed personnel from the rangers started firing on the participants of the rally and then the police as well. We don’t know what the motive is, he said.
After the disturbance, the rally headed to the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine where a protest broke out by the participants. The spokesman said that dozens of ST workers were taken into custody but some of them were released. “Our first priority is to get our men back from the police station,” he said in answer to a question. “Then we will see what to do.”
He added that they were checking on reports of injuries. The police said it was not clear what happened. “I myself heard about fifteen to twenty shots, said DSP Javed Bhatti, adding that he had no reports of injuries. “I think that the ST workers themselves did aerial firing and are putting it on the rangers and police.”