Curfew extends till midnight in Pindi

Rawalpindi: The curfew in Rawalpindi has been extended for a second day following fierce clashes that erupted between rival groups in the city during an Ashura procession on November 15.

Policemen and soldiers from regular and paramilitary units, who were called in to restore order, are patrolling the troubled areas, arresting people who violate the curfew. Up to nine people died and dozens were injured in the clashes which continued late into the night of November 15.

The mobile phone services will remain suspended in the city for an indefinite period. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif phoned Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and sought details on the Rawalpindi incident.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s House said the Chief Minister briefed the Prime Minister on measures taken by the government to defuse tension in the city. The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that the situation is monitored on minute-to-minute basis in consultation with Army‚ intelligence agencies and Interior.