Clashes at Pak shrine leaves 50 injured – Times of India

(*50*)KARACHI: Overnight clashes between devotees and regulation enforcement personnel at a shrine closed resulting from Covid-19 restrictions left practically 50 folks, together with policemen, injured in Pakistan‘s Sindh province.
The clashes pressured authorities to deploy paramilitary troops on Friday morning.
The incident at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Thursday night time passed off after the provincial authorities introduced the closure of all shrines to curb the unfold of the Covid infections.
The clashes adopted the defiance of authorities orders by a whole lot of devotees who had been attempting to enter the shrine. They had gathered in Sehwan for the annual Urs.
An official stated that the devotees had gathered for the 769th Urs, demise anniversary of Lal Shahbaz Qalander, a revered Sufi saint.
Police on responsibility tried to push the devotees which led to clashes through which some 40 devotees and 7 policemen had been injured and brought to hospital.
“Many of the devotees had come from outside of Sindh and were staying in and around Sehwan and were perhaps not aware of the government orders when they started gathering at the shrine,” Jamshoro deputy commissioner, capt (retired) Fareeduddin Mustafa stated.
In 2017, a suicide bomb assault contained in the shrine had killed 90 folks and left round 300 injured after which the federal government has tightened safety measures at the shrine.
Pakistan has reported 678,165 Covid circumstances to this point with 14,613 deaths.