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Pakistan: Tensions follow slaying in Karachi of religious leader

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 3 December 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistan: Tensions follow slaying in Karachi of religious leader, 3 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50c20993c.html [accessed 31 October 2014]
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December 03, 2012

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

KARACHI, Pakistan – Students from a religious seminary have blocked roads and burned cars after the assassination of a senior cleric in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

The December 3 protests in the key port city were prompted by the killing of Maulana Muhammad Ismail, a senior teacher at a Sunni Muslim madrasah, or religious school.

Police say Ismail was shot to death earlier in the day by unknown assailants as he drove from home to the Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom madrasah.

Police are looking for the motive behind the killing.

It is the latest among hundreds of political and sectarian assassinations this year in Pakistan's largest city.

Karachi is plagued by high levels of crime and infighting among ethnic, religious, and political groups.

With additional reporting by BBC Urdu

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