By Maryam Iraj
Aamir Liaqat Hussain who recently joined PTI has been allegedly beaten-up by PPP in a last night clash between Pakistan People’s Party and PTI over a venue dispute, as both parties are making plans to hold political rally at the same venue on 12th May.
“I came here to bury the hatchet and resolve the dispute, but they welcomed me with torture, hurled abuses against me, so much so they tore my shirt. This is PPP who talks about giving ” Roti (bread), Kapra (Cloth), Makaan (Shelter), and this is how they tore the cloth”, lamented the grieving Hussain while pointing towards his shirt.
Karachi’s University Road and petrol pumps which were closed the last night during the firing and riots were opened to traffic and public, respectively, following the clash between workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was over.
Workers belonging to both parties were involved in aerial firing and pelting stones at one another late Monday evening. However, local police then evacuated the ground after workers of both parties resorted to violence.
Traffic on the University Road was affected following the clash, and two cars were set on fire in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
During the clash, motorcycles and cars were vandalized that were parked at the Hakeem Saeed ground premises in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal vicinity late Monday evening.
PTI leader Naeemul Haq, while talking to a private news channel, said, “PPP had requested for venue to the deputy commissioner in a timely manner so it’s out of question for us to change the date or venue.”
While speaking to journalists, PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi claimed that the PPP pelted their party workers with stones and that Najmi Alam, who got asserted was intoxicated, and had called 70 or 80 suspects of the infamous Lyari gang war.
PPP leader, Bilawal Bhutto, recently tweeted to retreat:
Fact 8: PTI has shown such an appalling attitude. However in the interest of peace in Karachi, which we have fought so hard for, I not only ask my Party to find another location, but also invite @ImranKhanPTI to hold his jalsa at Hakeem Saeed ground
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 8, 2018
It’s a highly positive tweet by PPP and must be reciprocated.
PTI leader, Imran Khan, tweeted:
Strongly condemn the attack on PTI workers by PPP at our jalsagah camp in Karachi yesterday. Sindh govt must take action against those who used violence against our workers. Strong arm tactics by PPP reflects their fear of PTI's rising popularity in Sindh.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 8, 2018