50 hurt in clash after Pak shrine shut due to Covid

Wednesday 07th April 2021 08:59 EDT

Pakistan deployed paramilitary troops to a shrine closed due to coronavirus restrictions, after hundreds of pilgrims trying to get in clashed with police. Police said the pilgrims broke open the main gate of the the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a 13th-century mystic Sufi saint, located in the town of Sehwan in the southern Sindh province. The crowds attacked police and threw stones, police officer Mohammad Mushtaq said. Nearly 50 suffered minor injuries, including police, and a probe has been launched. Shrines in Pakistan were closed recently as part of steps to help stem Covid-19. 

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