KARACHI:(APS)May 14, 2017-A heavy contingent of police resorted to baton charge and shelling to disperse hundreds of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) activists on Sunday as they tried to march towards the Chief Minister House after the negotiations between PSP and the ruling PPP party ended without the parties reaching any consensus.
Police also arrested several party leaders, including PSP chairman Mustafa Kamal, Raza Haroon, Anees Qaimkhani and Dr Sagheer, besides scores of party activists. Participants of the march abandoned the road and reassembled themselves near the FTC Bridge in Karachi, APS News reported.
Earlier, the negotiations between leaders of PSP and PPP ended without the parties reaching any consensus, as the PSP was insistent to march towards the red zone in Karachi but the Sindh government was reluctant to let them do so.
Hundreds of PSP activists had gathered at Shahrah-e-Faisal near FTC bridge after the provincial government imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Karachi’s Red Zone on Sunday ahead of an announced march of the PSP to the Chief Minister House.
The PSP delegation which held talks with the ruling PPP leaders was led by Raza Haroon.
The leaders of the protesting PSP kept announcing that they will march towards the Red Zone, however, law enforcement personnel erected barricades on all roads leading to the chief minister and governor houses.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar reacted to the development and said that the Constitution ensures the provision of holding all types of political gatherings.
He condemned the use of power against protesters and said that the provincial government was showing ignorance to the issues of Karachi and resorted to torture against those demanding their rights. “Use of force against peaceful political gathering is quite illogical,” he said.