Gunmen killed the
provincial leader of a Pakistani Sunni sectarian group on Friday
and police deployed to prevent more violence after the
anti-Shi'ite faction called for protests.
Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where
Shi'ite Muslims make up about 20 percent of the 180 million
Maulana Shamsur Rehman, the Punjab leader of Ahle Sunnat Wal
Jama (ASWJ), was shot while leaving a mosque, said Mahmmed Rafiq
from Shafiqabad police station.
Rehman's group was formed by members of the banned
organisation Sipah-e-Sahaba, which had repeatedly said it wanted
to expel Shi'ites from Pakistan.
ASWJ leader Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi said in a tweet that the
killing of Rehman was part of a "big plot" and that "the
situation is now getting out of control." Another party official
tweeted that "party workers should be ready to protest