A shutdown was observed across the city on Monday on a call given by the Shia Ulema Council gainst the arson attack on Shia mosque.
A shutdown was observed across the city on Monday on a call given by the Shia Ulema Council (SUC), Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) and Shia Action Committee (SAC) against the arson attack on the hujra (a residential quarter allotted to the prayer leader of a mosque) in the Al Mehdi Masjid in Jamra village of the district a day earlier.
The attack, in which prayer leader Moulvi Sabir Hussain Khoso received burns, was blamed on some members of a banned sectarian outfit but police believe it may be the result of some personal enmity.
The Shia organisations held a rally which was taken out from the Karbala-i-Mualla Imambargah in the Lakhi Gate area. The participants marched up to the Clock Tower area where they held a demonstration.
Speaking to them, Maulvi Zahoor Mekho, Maulana Sikandar Dal, Fida Hussain, Zahid Mirani, Azhar Ali Hajano and others insisted that it was a sectarian attack and criticised the police and district administration for failing to protect the life and property of citizens, specially members of the Shia community. They alleged that the police were not taking interest in arresting the culprits of the arson attack.
They demanded foolproof security at the religious places of the community and protection to its members.
The leaders rejected the statement of senior police officers of the district that the attack might be result of some personal enmity between the victim and some members of the Khoso community.
They demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident.