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13 injured as radical Islamist group assaults Shia procession in Pakistan

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The Shia procession was going to Imambargah (congregation corridor) in Sialkot, for the Chehlum of Imam Hussain when a gaggle of individuals armed with pistols, golf equipment, and stones attacked the mourners.

The Shia procession was going to Imambargah (congregation corridor) in Sialkot, for the Chehlum of Imam Hussain when a gaggle of individuals armed with pistols, golf equipment, and stones attacked the mourners.

Activists of a radical Islamist group attacked a Shia procession in Pakistan’s Punjab province, leaving no less than 13 individuals injured, police mentioned on Sunday.

In keeping with an FIR, the Shia procession was going to Imambargah (congregation corridor) in Sialkot, about 130kms from Lahore, in reference to the Chehlum of Imam Hussain on Saturday when a gaggle of individuals armed with pistols, golf equipment and stones attacked the mourners.

The Chehlum is a Shia spiritual observance that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was martyred on the tenth day of the month of Muharram.

“Over a dozen mourners had been injured and had been shifted to hospital for therapy,” in keeping with the FIR.

A senior police officer informed PTI on Sunday that tensions had been simmering over the previous few days within the space between the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and Shia activists over the route of the procession.

“The TLP native leaders wished that the Shia procession mustn’t go in entrance of their mosque cum seminary. The native Shias had been decided to go to Imambargah by the identical route they take yearly,” the officer mentioned on situation of anonymity.

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“Law enforcement officials had held talks with each sects and apparently the TLP leaders agreed that they might not object to the procession route,” the officer mentioned.

Nonetheless, a gaggle of TLP activists got here out of their seminary on the Alam Chowk of Shahabpura (Sialkot) and attacked the Shia mourners.

“13 individuals, all of them belonging to the Shia neighborhood suffered accidents. The situation of a few them is said to be crucial as that they had head accidents,” the officer mentioned.

Sialkot Police chief Faisal Kamran mentioned the police drive reached the spot after studying concerning the incident. Nonetheless, the attackers managed to flee.

The police chief mentioned 30 suspects have been booked beneath the terrorism prices with no arrest thus far.

“Police drive has been deployed within the space to regulate legislation and order. Moreover police groups have been constituted for the arrest of the suspects,” he mentioned.

Video clips, shared on social media, confirmed a great variety of individuals holding golf equipment and weapons opening fireplace and attacking the Shia procession individuals.

“#ShameOnTLP and #SialkotJuloosAttack” had been the highest traits on Twitter on Sunday, with most individuals condemning the assault and demanding strict motion towards these concerned within the incident and in addition banning the TLP.

By- The Hindu

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