Arrests over attacks lead to clashes
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.