Clashes between Religious Groups Injures Two Over Mosque Possession
KARACHI: At least four people were injured after a clash erupted following a dispute between two religious groups claiming possession of a mosque in Phase VII of Karachi’s DHA late Thursday night.
“The clash between two groups occurred when one party forcibly infiltrated Umer Bin Abdul Aziz Masjid in DHA Phase VII, claiming to have taken over the mosque’s administration,” officials of the Gizri police told media on Friday.
The injured were shifted to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre while personnel of law enforcement agencies, including police and Rangers, were summoned to the site.
Meanwhile, sources said handing over of the mosque’s possession to a new group last week triggered the clash.
The mosque, which was earlier managed by the Ahle Hadis sect, was cordoned by the police with neither party being allowed to take control of it.
Residents said an ad hoc committee had been set up to manage the affairs of the mosque.
DHA Phase VII Welfare Association confirmed the development, saying a DHA-approved imam will lead prayers in the mosque for now.
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