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One died, several injured after police batons charge MQM-P rally in Karachi


KARACHI: A worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan was killed while several others were injured including women and many others were taken into the custody after police baton-charged and tear gas released on MQM-P protestors on Wednesday against the recently passed amendments to the Sindh Local Government Act of 2013 in Karachi.

The police baton-charged the protestors and fired tear-gas to the protestors of MQM-P to scattered the protestors outside the CM House, said MQM-P media cell.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s parliamentarian leader khalid Maqbool Siddiqui confirmed, one of party worker identified as ‘Aslam’ succumbed to his injuries last night. He announced as ‘black day’ today and also confirmed that the funeral prayer held in Karachi on Thursday as well as it will observe as “day of mourning” due to the death of party worker.

He further said, “we will register a first information report (FIR) against Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah under a section of terrorism for the murder of our party worker. This was not the first day of our protest against Pakistan People’s Party-led provincial government but just the beginning”, he added

MQM-P workers and leaders had gathered in large number on Wednesday to stage a protest against the amendments to the local government Act 2013, later on the protestors successfully reached at the red-zone of Chief Minister’s House for sit-in, as a result the traffic was severely affected.

Afterr that, police baton-charged the protestors and used tear-gas shelling to disperse the crowd that gathered outside the CM House. 

According to the traffic police, the Shahrah-e-Faisal Road started to become choked as protesters continued to advance forwards, therefore, they said they had “no choice but to use force and fire teargas shells.”

the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, condemned the “police violence” in Karachi in response to the event and tweeted, “So much of Bilawal’s lecture on democracy.”

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry highlighted that there was no need for such “hooliganism” at a time when PSL is just around the corner.

In a video statement, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail condemned the “police brutality”, he said, “local government should resolve the issue with the mutual understanding and dialogue.”


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