Pak IB Minister terms Shia-Sunni clash as unfortunate

November 19th, 2007 - 3:28 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistans Information and Broadcasting Minister Nisar A Memon has termed the clashes between Shia-Sunni Muslims in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram agency in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which left nearly 100 people dead, as the most unfortunate.

Pointing out that Muslims from different sects had been living peacefully in the area in a tolerant atmosphere for many years, Memon said the incident was highly regrettable and condemnable.

We should wait for the outcome as investigations are being carried out by local administration to catch those responsible, the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.

He appealed to the people of the area, especially the elders and scholars from different schools, of thought to bring all Muslims together and disengage them from further clashes.

Memon further expressed sympathy for the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

Situation remains tense in most parts of Kurram agency after Friday clashes between Shia-Sunni Muslims left close to 100 people dead, including 11 soldiers.

Sectarian violence in Parachinar 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. (ANI)

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