Protests over alleged blasphemy

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Police in Karachi detained 27 employees of a mobile phone company in Saddar on Friday following a violent protest by a mob over alleged blasphemy.

A spokesperson for the South police, in a statement, said that the SHO of Preedy police station received information around 11am that a “WiFi device” had been installed at the Star City Mall which allegedly played comments against the companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Witnesses told media that protesters, who had gathered at the site, damaged signboards at the mall, resulting in the closure of the mobile phone market. “Realising the gravity of the matter, the Preedy SHO rushed to the spot, got the device shut, and seized it,” according to the statement, adding that 27 employees of a private company were also detained.

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