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LAHORE: A curfew was imposed in Punjab’s Bhakkar district for an indefinite period following Friday’s clash between members of two religious sects there left five people dead and eight others injured.

The curfew came into effect at 10 am on Saturday and additional police forces and Rangers were deployed in sensitive areas of the district to address any untoward situation.

The clash between workers of the Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) and members of the Shia community happened after a protest rally by the ASWJ against the police’s failure to apprehend those behind the killing of a shopkeeper.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the clash on Friday and condemning the incident, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen declared three days of mourning.

Pakistan has experienced worsening sectarian violence in recent years. The clash in Bhakkar came on the same day as two people were killed on the outskirts of Islamabad when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside a Sunni seminary.

Comments (6) Closed

p r sharma Aug 24, 2013 01:59pm

violence gives birth to violence. Tolerance limit of Shia sect has long been crossed.

Ala Aug 24, 2013 08:35pm

Pakistan has to pay for his mis deeds

Ali Ahmed Aug 24, 2013 09:10pm

Both parties should be banned forever and thrashed in public. There is no more room for religious extremism in Pakistan anymore.

M.Hussain Baltistani Aug 26, 2013 10:21am

@Ali Ahmed: Dear Brother! I Think that the culprits should be crackdown and prosecuted according to the Laws justly without any discrimination. This is not a Justice to tackle them as a whole unjustly.

M.Hussain Baltistani Aug 26, 2013 10:29am

The Banned Sectarian Organizations should be deprived from Training, Funding, Illegal Supports from the Federal & Provincial Legislative institutions, establishment, Law enforcement agencies, Judiciary, If the state wants to protect its citizens.

Shuja Haider Aug 26, 2013 01:54pm

This is just what we needed to break the already crumbling bridge of between Shias Sunni relationship. WHY do we have to give such incidents a religious color?? This is a planned propaganda to turn shias and sunnis against eachother.