Two persons were injured when madrassa students attacked guests at a wedding in Pakistan's southern Sindh province for singing folk songs, according to a media report on Monday.
The incident occurred in Dad Laghari area of Ghotki on Sunday. Women were singing the Sindhi folk song "Sehra"
when students from a nearby madrassa attacked guests with sticks and stones.
A man named Hadi Bux Malik and his son-in-law, Hajan Malik, were injured. The students were led by a cleric named
Maulvi Tayyab Arain, The Express Tribune reported."It was my son's engagement," said Hadi Bux."They asked us to stop singing and used abusive language for our women and children."
Hadi Bux and his relatives went to the local police station to register an FIR.Instead police detained Hajan and registered a case against him on the complaint of Arain, who too reached the station with the seminary students.
"The police did not listen to us," Hadi Bux said.The students used abusive language in the police station,he added.
"It was not the first time that these students attacked us. The whole city is afraid of them," Hadi Bux said.
Arain claimed that the people at the wedding were singing songs at the time of 'Isha' prayers."We've told them before not to play drums or sing during prayer's timings," he claimed."We did not attack their home – we only asked them to stop singing and then registered a case at the police station," he said.
Several political leaders, including Mian Abdul Rasheedof the ruling Pakistan People's Party, condemned the attack.They said protests will be organised against the use of violence by the seminary students. They urged authorities to act against police officials who allowed the students to take the law into their hands.