Nearly 100 people dead in Shia-Sunni clashes in Pak’s Kurram agency

November 18th, 2007 - 11:16 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Situation remains tense, and curfew has been imposed in most parts of Kurram agency in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) after Friday clashes between Shia-Sunni Muslims left close to 100 people dead, including 11 soldiers.
Sectarian violence in Parachinar, capital of Kurram agency, erupted after unidentified people hurled a hand-grenade at the central mosque in the town, where hundreds of Sunnis were offering Friday prayers.
Parachinar, which is only 300 kms from Islamabad, is a Shia-dominated area and incidents of sectarian clashes occur frequently. In April, 2007 similar clashes had left 55 people dead.
State-run television has put the number of deaths in the violence to 91, and has reported that another 150 people have been injured.
“Security forces also suffered casualties because they were trying to avert the clashes,” The News quoted Major General Waheed Arshad, as saying.
Leaders of both the communities are blaming each other for initiating violence. Shia leaders have blamed Sunnis for launching rocket fires, which the latter have completely rejected.
Meanwhile, students belonging to Imamia Students Organization (ISO) held a protest demonstration in Rawalpindi and Islamabad against the sectarian violence in the area.
Scores of students of the twin cities, including people belonging to Kurram Agency, participated in the protest demonstration, and urged President General Pervez Musharraf to take immediate steps for restoring peace there. (ANI)

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