Awami Muslim League (AML) President and MNA Sheikh Rasheed demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif help those people whose shops were destroyed due to sectarian clashes which erupted at a Muharram 10 procession.
A curfew was imposed in parts of Rawalpindi after yesterday’s clashes left at many people dead and over 80 injured. A group of miscreants had snatched weapons from police officials and had opened fire. Unknown persons had also set a portion of the cloth market in Raja Bazar on fire. Ten buildings are known to have been destroyed.
Rasheed said, while speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, that if this was any city other than Rawalpindi, a lot more action would have been taken already. “I would like to tell the country, Shahbaz Sharif and the government that this is a total failure of the administration.”
He appealed to the public and the ulema asking them to respect all sects of Islam, adding that one should “maintain his own beliefs while respecting others’ beliefs as well.” He said that the affected shop owners supply goods not only in Rawalpindi, but to all parts of Pakistan and help should be given to them in this situation.