KARACHI-Demonstrators belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami student wing clashed with police as they tried to march towards the French consulate in Karachi on Friday.
The clash took place near Teen Talwar outside the French consulate. Police fired teargas shells and used water canon to break up the protest staged by Islami Jamiat Tubla (IJT) against the publication of blasphemous caricatures by satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A photo journalist, identified as Asif Hasan, was shot in the chest during the clash. He was rushed to Jinnah Hospital, where he underwent surgery. Dr Seemi Jamali, head of the Emergency Department, said Hasan was now out of danger.
The protestors also broke windows of several vehicles and pelted police with stones. They chanted slogans against the inflammatory cartoons and called for a ban on the magazine. Later, they staged a token sit-in at Teen Talwar and dispersed peacefully after successful talks with police officials.
“We have rounded up several demonstrators,” a police officer told media. Rangers personnel also reached the scene to help police control the situation. Separately, Jamaat-e-Islami and Sunni Ittehad Council staged nationwide protests after Friday prayers.