Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers got into a clash when the former gathered to protest against the ‘illegal’ wall constructed around Bilawal House in Karachi.
The PTI demonstration was led by local party MNA Dr Arif Alvi, who asked for the wall’s removal from public property as per the Sindh High Court’s directive, which termed the wall illegal. However, Police forces blocked roads surrounding Bilawal House and prevented demonstrators from entering the area. This led to a clash where police had to resort to riot gear and teargas in order to disperse the protestors.
According to Samar Ali Khan, the Pakistan People’s Party misused law enforcement to curb the PTI protest. “The wall is constructed on what was an open road. How can a political party encroach such a huge chunk of land with immunity,” he said.
PTI MNA Dr Arif Alvi was also injured in the clash when police opened baton charge and was taken away after he was struck on the head by a policeman. Police forces claim that they were forced to act after they were attacked by the protestors.
“They injured six policemen after which we took action against them. We asked them to protest peacefully here (at Boat Basin) but they did not listen,” stated SP Clifton.
PTI leader Imran Khan took to social media to express his shock and disappointment at the attack on his party workers while PPP remain steadfast in their stance that the wall is constructed due to security concerns and PTI’s demonstration is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
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