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Security personnel wearing facemasks stand guard outside a closed mosque during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Karachi. Image Credit: AFP

Islamabad: Pakistanis on Saturday vented their anger on social media condemning attack by unruly mob on a woman SHO a day earlier on Friday.

She came under attack while trying to stop people from offering Friday prayers at a local mosque.

The incident took place in Peerabad, Orangi Town, Karachi, where people in violation of Section 144 and defying the provincial government’s orders of restricting Friday prayers to five persons in order to prevent coronavirus spread came out in large number to offer Friday prayers at a local mosque.

Sharafat Khan, SHO Peerabad, reached the spot to prevent people from attending prayers in large numbers.

A video doing the rounds on social media shows the woman SHO shouting at a large crowd of men exiting a mosque. “Record their video. They attacked me. They broke my glasses as well,” she can be seen shouting.

The situation was brought under control when an additional contingent of police and Rangers personnel arrived at the scene.

Immediately after the incident was reported, netizens came forward in support of the lady police officer dismissing the religious extremist mindset that they said was not ready to respect the law of the land.

Last Friday, too, incidents of clashes with police were reported in Liaquatabad Town, Karachi when people got infuriated over directions by police to stay at home and avoid prayer in the mosque.

Shahzain@YaarDaadhi expressed his disapproval in the following words: So these morons offer prayers while beating up a woman SHO & defying writ of the state?

Khurram Qureshi@qureshik74 writes “Please make this woman the PM!! Pakistan will be in safer hands! Bravo Madam and Thank you for saving lives!!”

Meanwhile, Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior Affairs Chairman Rehman Malik also telephoned Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Mehar and ordered strict action against the attackers.

Police have also registered a case of violation of Section 144 against the mosque’s management and unidentified persons.

Police said that so far, no arrests in relation to the case have been made.