Protests continue in Karachi’s Malir area on Monday, a day after top Shia cleric Mirza Yusuf Husain and former Senetor Faisal Raza Abidi.
Representatives of various Shia parties began protesting early Monday at around 1:30am in Malir and on Shahrah-i-Pakistan against targeted killings and arrests of workers, with protesters saying they will continue their demonstrations until arrested workers are released.
Police used tear gas shelling and aerial firing in an attempt to disperse the protesters, who were obstructing railway tracks in the area and bringing morning traffic along the National Highway to a standstill, DawnNews reported.
After an initial attempt at dispersing the crowd, the protesters regrouped at the same location. Talks between police and the crowd are ongoing.
Police claimed to have launched a targeted operation against criminals involved in sectarianism and other crimes in various areas of Karachi on Sunday night.
A Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) spokesman on Monday claimed that MWM leader Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi was arrested from his residence in New Rizvia Society by police. No further details were provided.