Karachi: Hundreds of protesters clashed
with police outside the heavily secured American consulate in
Pakistan`s commercial capital on Tuesday as anger grew in the
country over the Israeli attack on a Gaza bound aid ship in
which at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed.
The protesters including women in burqas and students
belonging to the Shi`ite Imamia students organisation (ISO)
clashed several times with the police as they marched towards
the US consulate in southern Karachi.
Police had to use water cannons, tear gas shells and
baton charge the protesters to break them up but some of them
still managed to get into the heavily secured security red
zone on road where the US consulate is located.
Police officials said that a dozen protesters were
arrested and some injured as well in the clashes where some
youngsters fought fist fights with the policemen as they were
The protesters carrying placards and flags chanted
slogans against the US and Israel and called for world action
against the Israeli aggression in Gaza.
It is after a long time that any protest has managed
to break into the heavily secured red zone of the US
The clashes around the area left the traffic badly
disrupted with long traffic jams witnessed on the main roads
as the people started to move towards their homes after office
A renowned Pakistani journalist and TV anchor, Talat
Hussain and two other Pakistanis have gone missing in the
Israeli attack on the aid ship with Israeli authorities
finally confirming they were in their custody.