Karachi (May 07, 2018): Workers of Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) resorted to violence over a venue dispute for May 12 rallies announced by both the parties in Karachi.
Both the parties announced that they would hold a rally at Hakim Said Ground on May 12. According to reports, PPP and PTI supporters attacked each other camps at the ground and set ablaze motorcycles.
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The local police evacuated the ground after workers of both parties resorted to violence. A few police officials returned to the site of the incident, however, they were unable to take control of the situation.
Traffic on the University Road was affected following the clash. Two cars were set on fire in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.There were also reports of gunshots in the area. “PPPP goons has attacked PTI camp with stones and sticks. Police supporting them, several PTI workers injured,” Khurram Sher Zaman, a PTI lawmaker, tweeted.
PTI leader Naeem ul Haq condemned the PPP for resorting to violence. PPP’s Shehla Raza said that her party had chosen the venue only after confirming from the city ‘s administration about its availability on May 12.
It is pertinent to mention here that the miscreants also attacked on the journalists and smashed a camera of AbbTakk news channel. AbbTakk’s DSNG was also pelted with stones.
PPP’s Saeed Ghani said that his party had submitted a formal request at Deputy Commissioner office on May 3. According to Deputy Commissioner East, PTI is yet to file an application.
After the huge power show at Tanki Ground, Liaquatabad – a traditionally Muttahida Qaumi Movement stronghold – on April 29, the PPP is now preparing for its second such meeting to be addressed by party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on May 12.
The president of PPP’s District East chapter has already sent a letter to the deputy commissioner east to obtain permission to hold the gathering.
The letter dated May 4 names the Hakim Mohammad Said playground, located between Federal Urdu University and Masjid Baitul Mukarram on main University Road, as the proposed venue for the public meeting.