KARACHI: Police officials resorted to using intense teargas and aerial firing to disperse a protest rally by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) near Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi, Express Newsreported on Tuesday.
The protesters wanted to go to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) office on Shahrah-e-Faisal and register their complaint against the ban on a Shia genocide watch website, shiakilling.com.
The law enforcers had told the participants of the rally that they will not be allowed to reach their destination and the protest route was blocked. However the protesters, mostly youngsters, overcame the blockade and moved on.
As noted by Nadir El-Edroos on Twitter: “There is something very very wrong when, DPC, JuD, LeJ etc can rally across the country, while Shia protesters get shelled.”
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of late Benazir Bhutto, too condemned the police attack.
@AseefaBZ Did u see Police’s attack on peaceful protestors? #ShiaWebsiteBanProtest @ravezjunejo
Aseefa B Zardari @AseefaBZ
Completely condemn the attack on campaign workers.4 people hve been arrested and the gov is going to take precautions to protect campaigners
Ravez Junejo @ravezjunejo
Condemn police action on #ShiaWebsiteBanProtest
“We want #DontBanShiaKillingWebsite Otherwise in everycity #ShiaWebsiteBanProtest will take place”
In reaction to harsh police action, the protesters threw stones at the police officials present in the area and burnt tyres. Groups of new protesters joined the demonstration later.
At least two protesters have been arrested. Several are injured due to inhaling or direct attack by tear gas.
The block on the Shia killing watchdog site came almost a week after the regulatory body had blocked the official website of the Ahmadiyya community, which was unblocked later.