RAWALPINDI: The traders and section of various religious groups on Friday observed peaceful agitation against the Youm-e-Ashur incident, following call given by a few religious groups in the city.
“No major untoward incident was reported from any part of the city throughout the day, while few incidents of stone pelting and tyre burning took place in some areas,” said an official at Media Cell of the DCO office.
All major business centers and shopping malls as well as small shops kept their shutters down throughout the day, while major and link roads gave a deserted look.
A large number of faithful gathered at Raja Bazar’s incident site from different parts of the city and left the venue peacefully after offering Friday prayer.
Maulana Ashraf Ali led the prayer, which was offered on the road in front of the damaged seminary and cloth market. He administered oath from the followers to remain calm and disperse in an organized manner.
He also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits behind the November 15 tragedy, and asked for giving them exemplary punishment, so that no one dared to indulge in such act in future.
Head of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jama’at Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, former ISI chief Hameed Gul, Mufti Abdul Rehman, Mufti Owais Aziz Hazarvi, Maulana Amanullah, Qari Shakir, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar Tauheed, and representatives of trade organizations also offered the Friday prayer.
Fateha was offered for the departed souls of those who lost their lives on the fateful day.
The city witnessed no significant protest and rally as there was Section 144 in place, keeping in view sensitivity of the last Friday’s incident.
However, a group of hooligans burnt tyres, chanted slogans and pelted stones on police personnel in Raja Bazar, who were dispersed after tear-gas shells were fired. Deputy Superintendent of Police Raja Taifoor and three constables sustained minor injuries and were given first aid.
The overall situation remained under control throughout the day as troops and Rangers patrolled the main arteries of the city and sensitive areas.
Around 5,000 police personnel performed duty to ensure foolproof security, and to protect government installations, mosques, imambargahs and markets in different localities.
Rescue 1122, Civil Defence Department, all the allied hospitals and departments concerned remained on high alert.
Senior officials of law enforcement agencies remained in the sensitive area throughout the day. Snipers were deployed on the rooftops of mosques and imambargahs located in the affected areas of the city.
The City District Government had also banned use of loudspeakers and provoking sermons.