Pakistan: 13 injured in attack on Shia procession in Sialkot

A group of people armed with pistols, clubs and stones attacked the Shia mourners when they were going to the Imambargah in connection with the Chehlum of Imam Hussain

Press Trust of India September 18, 2022 15:28:36 IST
Pakistan: 13 injured in attack on Shia procession in Sialkot

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Lahore: Activists of a radical Islamist group attacked a Shia procession in Pakistan’s Punjab province, leaving at least 13 people injured, police said on Sunday.

According to an FIR, the Shia procession was going to Imambargah (congregation hall) in Sialkot, about 130kms from Lahore, in connection with the Chehlum of Imam Hussain on Saturday when a group of people armed with pistols, clubs and stones attacked the mourners.

The Chehlum is a Shia religious observance that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was martyred on the 10th day of the month of Muharram.

“Over a dozen mourners were injured and were shifted to hospital for treatment,” according to the FIR.

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