Police arrest Hafiz Naeem and several workers of JI

Karachi: Police has arrested Hafiz Naeem and several political workers of religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), on Friday from Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi.

Six were detained earlier including Dr. Farukh as the party was preparing to hold protest against K-Electric. Police also surrounded JI’s headquarter, Idara Noor-e-Haq, Secretary Information JI Zahid Askari informed.

Prison van also reached for shifting detained persons behind the bars.

Earlier after the arrest of six, Hafiz Naeem, the deputy amir of JI, said that party will held its schedule protest and police can not stop workers from it.

He said that arrests have also been made in the past.

The amir of the party Sirajul Haq also condemned the arrests and crackdown, stating that gatherings, protests and sit-ins are democratic rights of people.

After the arrest of Hafiz Naeem, JI’s workers also presented themselves for detention and the scuffle broke put between police and party workers.

Earlier, during press conference Hafiz Naeem said that party did not want to disturb the peace of the city. “Jamaat-e-Islami want to protest again overcharging of electricity consumer,” Naeem added.

JI workers had to protest against the recent increase in tarrif of Karachi Electric Cooperation at Shahrah-e-Faisal.

Police has sealed all incoming routes from and to Idara Noor-e-Haq with water tankers and police mobiles.

Section-144 has been imposed in Karachi which does not allow any one to hold political or public gatherings in the city.

DC East Nadeem Abro told media persons that strict action will be taken against those who violate the law.

Last week, JI organized 50 protests across several streets of the metropolitan, demanding reduction in electricity price. Most of the protests held outside K-Electric offices.