The shrine of a popular Sufi poet of Balochistan, Mast Twakali, has been set on fire.
The shrine, located in Mawand area of Kohlu district, is visited by thousands of devotees each day and there are a good number of followers of the poet across the subcontinent.
Sources in the Levies Force said that some people entered the shrine in the early hours of Saturday and set it on fire.
Soon people of the area gathered at the shrine and tried to extinguish the flames. They brought the fire under control after hectic efforts.
A big portion of the shrine was badly damaged by the fire, an official of Kohlu’s district administration told Dawn.
Kohlu’s Deputy Commissioner Ejaz Haider issued directives for the arrest of people involved in the incident.
He said that after the incident Levies personnel launched a search operation in Tomboo tehsil of Kohlu district and took five suspects into custody.
He said elements involved in the incident would be brought to justice.