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Shias rally in Karachi against target killing

05 December, 2013

KARACHI: Shias held a rally in Karachi on Wednesday in protest against the target killing of one of the community's leaders.

Also, residents of Lyari on Wednesday staged a protest against the killing of alleged gangsters during encounters with the security forces in the area. The protesters brought the bodies of the three alleged gangsters at ICI Bridge and offered their funeral prayers. They chanted slogans in favour of Uzair Baloch, denounced the Baba Ladla gang and accused the law enforcement agencies of conducting a one-sided operation in Lyari.

Meanwhile, routine and commercial activities were partially disturbed in different parts of the city, especially in the Shia-dominated areas, as the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) announced a three-day mourning and protest on Wednesday to condemn the assassination of their leader Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani. Private schools in the city remained shut and public transport was thin due to security fears. Examinations at different universities were also cancelled.

"The frequent killings of our leaders and community's members raises several questions about the law enforcement agencies' ongoing targeted operations," MWM leader Allama Sadiq Raza Taqvi said while addressing the participants of the funeral.

He said there is no dispute between the Shia and Sunni communities and a third force was trying to hatch a big conspiracy to spark clashes between them. Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani was shot dead along with his guard by gunmen in the eastern neighbourhood of Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday.

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