Ar­rests over at­tacks lead to clashes

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Po­lice of­fi­cers in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, got a shock when they asked a woman they had ar­rested if she had any­thing to de­clare. She opened her bag to re­veal a baby koala. The an­i­mal has been taken to a shel­ter. Pak­istani po­lice have de­tained sev­eral Sunni and Shia Mus­lim lead­ers in a probe over re­cent sec­tar­ian at­tacks in the south­ern port city of Karachi, prompt­ing protests and clashes. Faisal Raza Abidi, an out­spo­ken for­mer anti-Tal­iban Shia law­maker from Pak­istan’s lib­eral Peo­ple’s Party, is among those fac­ing ques­tion­ing, said counter-ter­ror­ism po­lice of­fi­cer Ju­naid Sheikh. The po­lice and Pak­istan’s para­mil­i­tary forces have raided both Sunni and Shia re­li­gious sem­i­nar­ies over the last two days, de­tain­ing an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of peo­ple, Sheikh said. Sunni and Shia ac­tivists have ral­lied in Karachi, protest­ing against the raids. One of the ral­lies by the Shia blocked a high­way for eight hours, which the po­lice dis­persed with tear gas. Po­lice of­fi­cer Razaq Khan said pro­test­ers clashed with po­lice yes­ter­day and pelted them with stones. he po­lice sus­pect some of Karachi’s re­cent sec­tar­ian killings of Sun­nis could be the work of Shia mil­i­tants. Pak­istan has been fight­ing the Is­lamic mil­i­tants and their sec­tar­ian al­lies for a decade.

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