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Strike in Karachi today over sectarian killings

Pakistani rangers patrol in the streets of KarachiKARACHI: The Sunni Wahdat Council has called for a shutter-down strike on Thursday in protest against increase in killings on sectarian grounds.

“It will be a peaceful strike and we appeal to every segment of society, regardless of their political or sectarian affiliation, to support the call,” Mufti Mohammad Naeem of Jamia Binoria Al-Almia and senior leader of the council said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

“Frequent killings of clerics are part of an evil design to spark sectarian violence in the city, but unfortunately the government and intelligence agencies are unmoved over the issue.”

Mufti Naeem also announced that funeral prayers of Maulana Mohammad Amin, who was gunned down on Tuesday night in Site area, would be held on M.A. Jinnah Road after Zohr prayers and a sit-in would be held to demand the arrest of the killers.

Maulana Amin was a senior faculty member at Jamia Binoria. “Our protest will continue till the government takes its responsibility and comes up with visible measures,” Mufti Naeem said.

The MQM condemned the killing and questioned the role of law-enforcement agencies.

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