RAWALPINDI: Authorities clamped a curfew in Rawalpindi on Friday midnight in the wake of sectarian clashes, which killed 10 people and left another 37 wounded, a government’s spokesman said. Moreover, curfew will remain imposed in violence-hit Rawalpindi till 12am tonight while mobile services are still blocked in the city.
According to the spokesman of the Punjab government, curfew has been imposed in the garrison city to control the tense situation. The curfew would remain effective until situation returns to normal.
The request for curfew was Rawalpindi Commissioner in the wake of violent clashes between two rival groups.
Tension began when Muharram procession allegedly came under fire at Raja Bazaar.
Following the firing, some enraged people set many shops on fire and pelted stones at security forces. Demonstrators not only stopped firebrigade vehicles, they also clashed with the police.
The army was called in to control the situation.
Trader Union Rawalpindi Division President Muhammad Siddiq said that markets would remain shut on Saturday against today’s unrest.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the violence and asked authorities to take a strict action against culprits.