One dead as ST tries to take control of Ahle Hadith mosque
KARACHI: One man died and three others were injured when Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers tried to take over the Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith in Tunisia Lines on Tuesday.
According to reports, ST workers from the nearby Faizan-e-Aulia mosque surrounded Jamia Masjid and fired at those inside. Gunfire was returned from within the mosque. During this time, a mob set a police mobile on fire. Police personnel from nearby towns, including Jamshed, Saddar and Clifton, were called in and the area was cordoned off.
One man identified as 24-year-old Shahzad of the Ahle Hadith was shot in the chest and had to be taken to the JPMC. “Isha prayers were being offered when they attacked us,” said Yousaf Salfi, chief organiser of the Jamiat Ahle Hadith. “The mob had ST people in it. We closed the gate of the mosque but they fired at it. This continued for one-and-a-half hours. People are stuck inside and the police has left the area and run off.”
Twenty-eight-year-old ASI Zulfiqar was also brought to JPMC with a head injury and broken teeth. He was not shot, however.
Tuesday’s violence comes in the aftermath of an incident on Sunday night when Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Sindh Amir and MMA leader Mufti Muhammad Yousuf Kasuri was arrested under the Blasphemy Act.