KARACHI - At least three vehicles were torched in a violent protest began against Pakistan Telecommunication Authority after banning of a sectarian website at Numaish Chowrangi.

Score of the rally participants came out from Khurasan Road and turned violent when a heavy contingent of police tried to stop them. They marched towards the PTA office located at Sharah-e-Faisal against the ban on a watchdog website, shiakilling.com. The protest was organised by Shia Action Committee.

The block on the Shia killing watchdog site came almost a week after the regulatory body had blocked the official website of the Ahmadiyya community, which was unblocked later.

Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussain, leader of the SAC, led the rally while the chief of the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Allama Aftab Jaffery also reached the Numaish Chowrangi. The negotiations with the law enforcers have failed initially which turned the situation violent.

As the participants tried to move towards the PTA office, the law enforcers tried to stop them.

Witnesses said that confrontation flared when unidentified armed men resorted to indiscriminate firing. Police also started aerial firing and fired teargas shells which spread panic and fear in the locality while massive traffic jam was seen on MA Jinnah Road and other link roads.

Police used teargas and aerial firing to disperse the protesters. Miscreants set at least three passenger vehicles on fire at Soldier Bazaar No 3. At least four participants of the rally including a girl were wounded when the police fired teargas shells while the police also detained at least four men for rioting.

The rally was dispersed after the police high ups ensured them of their full cooperation.