Authorities clamped a curfew on parts of this western Punjab district a day after 12 people were killed in bloody sectarian clashes. Tension prevailed in the region where all educational institutes and businesses were closed as rival communities mourned their dead.
Provincial Chief Secretary Javed Aslam said the curfew would not be lifted until normalcy was restored to the affected areas. â€œThe government will not allow anyone to defy the law,â€ he told a high-level meeting on Saturday. Attendees included the provincial police chief, home secretary, information secretary.
The chief secretary said the government would take serious action against those responsible for Fridayâ€™s bloodshed in the Kotla Jam area of Bhakkar. Sources said the curfew has been imposed in the affected areas of Kotla Jam, Darya Khan, Punjgarain and Kawar Kalan.
The unrest was sparked when armed militants of banned terrorists outfit Sipah e Sahaba (Yazeed) and Taliban stormed the shia locality of KotlaJam of Bhakkar district and shot martyred three Shia Muslims on the spot and injured many others in the presence of senior police officials Hussain on Friday evening.
The rally was staged to protest the killing of notorious terrorist of banned outfit Lashkar e Jhangvi Ghulam Muhammad.
The armed attack triggered clashes between Terrorists of alqaeeda backed Taliban and Sipah e Sahaba (Yazeed) and the Shia community which quickly escalated to the areas of Darya Khan, Panjgerain and Kawar Kalan. In Darya Khan, seven people were wounded in clashes. They were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital, where six of them died from their wounds. Later, five bodies were found dumped in the suburbs of Kotla Jam.
Paramilitary rangers have set up checkpoints in the affected areas where tension was palpable. All businesses and educational institutes were closed while the victims were buried amid tight security.
The authorities did not allow chief of notorious outfit Sipah e Yazeed Ahmed Ludhanvi to enter Bhakkar and to offer funeral of his seven terrorist killed in the attack due to security reasons.