Protest in Malir turn ugly as riots hit
KARACHI: As reported by the Dawn News on Thursday, a fruit shop and some half a dozen roadside stalls of poultry and other food items were set on fire in Malir after a protester was killed in an attack on a protest demonstration staged by people against the kidnapping of a youngster on Wednesday, police and witnesses said.
The early morning protest was staged in the Malir 15 area by residents of Maularam Compound against the kidnapping of a hawker, Mohammad Arif, who was a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He was found dead in Al-Falah area after the sunset, police said.
DIG East Dr Amir Sheikh said: “Arif was kidnapped shortly after he left his residential compound for regular work. Subsequently, residents took to the streets against the kidnapping. We diverted traffic on to a single track and managed to keep the protesters peaceful during the entire episode,” he said. However, the witnesses said, the situation turned ugly when the protesters came under an attack from armed men positioned in nearby buildings. Intense and indiscriminate firing dispersed the protesters and left five of them wounded.
“The injured victims were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where one of them succumbed to his wounds,” said an official at the Malir City police station. “He has been identified as Mohammad Khursheed, in his early 20s. He was a resident of Maularam Compound and originally hailed from Azad Kashmir.”
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.