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Mustafa Kamal, PSP leaders released in Karachi

Updated May 15, 2017 11:13am


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PSP chief Mustafa Kamal addresses participants of the rally against. —Online
PSP chief Mustafa Kamal addresses participants of the rally against. —Online
PSP holds rally to protest against the ‘poor governance' and shortage of water. —Online
PSP holds rally to protest against the ‘poor governance' and shortage of water. —Online
Police fired tear gas shells to disperse PSP workers.
Police fired tear gas shells to disperse PSP workers.

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal and other party leaders was released from detention in the wee hours of Monday, police said. The leaders were detained along with several party workers for trying to enter Karachi's red zone.

City Senior Superintendent of Police, Adeel Hussain Chandio confirmed that the party leaders were released from detention after successful negotiations with the provincial government.

Talking to the media after his release the PSP chairman condemned the use of force to disperse his party workers and said that the provincial government should be ashamed for arresting citizens asking for water.

On Sunday, a heavy contingent of police resorted to baton charge and shelling to disperse hundreds PSP activists 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.

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.

A view of 'million march' organised by PSP. —Online
A view of 'million march' organised by PSP. —Online

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.

Nisar condemns use of force against citizens

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar reacted to the development and said that the Constitution ensures the provision of holding all types of political gatherings, DawnNews reported.

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.

PPP acted when govt’s writ was challenged, says Shehla Raza

PPP leader Shehla Raza, while talking to DawnNews, defended the provincial government's move saying PSP workers were repeatedly asked “to refrain from entering the Red Zone as it was an illegal activity.”

She, however, said PPP believes in democratic rights of the people and works accordingly. She further said that

“The protesters were initially approached to hold a dialogue regarding their demands, but when they challenged the writ of the government the due action was taken against them,” she maintained.

While responding to the statement made by the interior minister, Shehla Raza mentioned that the government only used water cannon unlike the actions of the incumbent PML-N government in Punjab.

She bluntly compared the recent development with the Model Town tragedy, where police had resorted to live firing, which had resulted in the death of more than a dozen civilians.

'PSP leaders booked over violation of Section 144'

Police have detained at least 16 leaders and workers of PSP, said Karachi-South DIG Azad Khan.

The DIG told DawnNews that the arrested leaders include Mustafa Kamal, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Raza Haroon, Iftikhar Alam, Hafeez. “They would be booked on violation of Section 144.”

He claimed that the protesters were given a No Objection Certificate to carry out the rally from Karsaz to FTC flyover, and they had agreed to it.

“However, after reaching the FTC Bridge, the protesters were bent upon entering the Red Zone. This prompted the police to resort to baton charge, shelling and use water canon to disperse them,” he explained.

The senior official also said that the representatives of the provincial government and police officials held negotiations with the PSP leaders but to no avail.

The law, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people in an area, was put in place hours before the PSP had to start its march towards CM House.

A large number of anti-riot police personnel had already been deployed at the road and almost all roads leading to the city's red zone had been sealed.

PSP chairman Mustafa Kamal had said on Saturday that he expected “one million” people to march towards the “palace of the Sindh chief minister” for their rights.

The rally was expected to move from the FTC building on Shahrah-e-Faisal. The rallying workers would register their protest against the ‘poor governance’ of the PPP government in Sindh, it had been announced.

Kamal had previously criticised the government for failing to pay any heed to his party’s 18-day sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club. “A government delegation contacted us twice but instead of resolving our issues they tried to befool people,” he had said at a press conference on Saturday.

At the time, the PSP chairman had said that the city’s Red Zone — where the Governor House, CM House, Sindh Assembly and other important government installations are located — was not a sacrosanct place where people could not lodge their protest.


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Concerned Pakistani May 14, 2017 12:51pm

SO the hidden habds know the outcome of this move. They have come to the rescue of MK.

Adnan May 14, 2017 01:13pm

Blessing in disguise for Mr. Kamal and PSP, they will have a ready excuse why million rally was short of million mark!

Sheraz ali May 14, 2017 01:25pm

I would like to see how many MILLIONS he can gather today as claimed.

The_Truth May 14, 2017 01:54pm

Only rallies is going around. There is so much waste on the roads and societies? And karachiites don't care about these things.

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) May 14, 2017 02:20pm

I assume One million is equal to 1,000,000 people. Can the roads in Karachi accommodate such capacity? I am not sure so.

Lone ranger May 14, 2017 02:24pm

What is Sindh government afraid of if they haven't done any wrongdoings??? Imposing section 144 hour before the scheduled rally is clearly suppressing the voices of the masses which is against the norms of so much talked about "DEMOCRACY".

Sara May 14, 2017 02:28pm

@PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) they degoinitely can, every single day at least 15 million compute of the very same roads,

Khan lala May 14, 2017 02:42pm

If civilians are peacefully protesting for their basic rights, then why Sec 144 imposed

ali ahmed May 14, 2017 02:48pm

PSP being supported by one the biggest land grabber with connection to the prince of sindh....section 144 to save M.K. from humiliation

Sab se pehle pakistan May 14, 2017 02:50pm

Face saving excuse for Haqiqi 2 or PSP. They have no support from residents of Urban Sindh. The only support they have is from "You Know Who"

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad May 14, 2017 03:38pm

What else can the provincial government do to save their skin?

future May 14, 2017 04:37pm

No matter what is the strength of this rally. Inhabitants of this city has to start fighting for their rights or continue to suffer from electricity breakdowns, water shortages, etc while our govt officials, politicians are flourishing and having the time of their life.

AlAm May 14, 2017 06:16pm

This type of shows from PSP or its guardians have already been failed. Political parties should have strong support from masses or the hard earned money of poor people goes in the vain.

Khanm May 14, 2017 08:49pm

We all are reduced to nothing but just a brick in the wall..If you don't break a hole through the brick wall, don't just start digging a new hole. Keep going until you break through that wall.

Syed May 14, 2017 10:37pm

Chaudry Nisars condemnation is nothing less than bigotry. What was he doing in Islamabad a few years ago at D-Chowk. He did not spare women and children and the whole of Islamabad was blocked by containers. They are bigger goons than PPP.

PTI, PSP etc have young people who have had enough of the corrupt politicians. These corrupt mafia will not last long. One day, good leaders will win through the power of vote. All Pakistan should vote next year.

Sohail May 14, 2017 10:44pm

Mustafa kamal is a great man I am Punjabi and saying this. I have seen his policies and his persona and he cares for the poor.

Zahid Siddique May 14, 2017 11:01pm

I think he should mend his differences with Farooq Sattar and join MQM. He can serve in better way while staying in MQM. His objections were against Altaf Hussain, who is not there any more. This will help MK & MQM against London group.

Zubair May 14, 2017 11:22pm

Im not a ppp or psp supporter but the main issue is water. Its truly sad that karachi contributes approx 70% revenue and is refused basic necessities such as water. And the way men, women and children were attacked by water cannons and shelling was barbaric. They asked for water and the govt threw it in their face...this itself is out of order. All ppp voters and politicians stand guilty for their partys failure to administer basic needs.

Chaos May 15, 2017 12:24am

Ironic isn't it. He came out demanding water and got plenty of water through water canon. Drama with a twist

Sameer May 15, 2017 12:41am

PPP is so incompetent...they are now copying PMLN.

malik May 15, 2017 01:04am

Do not vote PPP in next elections please

M Jamal May 15, 2017 01:06am

It is all Topi drama and the organisers of this mela are looting from Karachites in trillion of rupees in the form of different bhatas.The real representatives of Karachites are being pushed to wall like the Bengalis as they have no authority to run the city despite being in majority.Those who love and care about our Pakistan must come forward and help Karachites to manage this city as per law and rights of the people.

Shair Khan May 15, 2017 01:41am

What is Sindh government afraid of if they haven't done any wrongdoings??? Imposing section 144 hour before the scheduled rally is clearly suppressing the voices of the masses which is against the norms of so much talked about "DEMOCRACY".

Khan USA May 15, 2017 01:50am

Election season !

Khan USA May 15, 2017 01:51am

A storm in the tea cup by Mustafa Kudal !

Khan USA May 15, 2017 01:52am

@Sohail oh really ? And since when ?

pure stream May 15, 2017 01:55am

Political engineering has always blocked or even reduced the maturity of society.Why is somebody so keen to do this to the nation ,wheter IK or PSP???

MYCOMMENTS May 15, 2017 02:15am

At least from now onwards Mustafa Kamal should know how difficult it is for his PSP to solve Karachi's problems. There is no royal road that leads to success in politics. The sooner the better take out your gloves and say goodbye to politics. This field is not for you.

Mustafa K May 15, 2017 03:19am

TOPI DARAMA to show govt. against PSP

M Mirza May 15, 2017 03:28am

Who is footing PSP bills?.

saeeds May 15, 2017 03:34am

They are doing for many years destroying peace. Karachi have limited resources but look at the rulers area where are zero resources. Majority of Karachi increase popluation but do nothing for progress.

saeeds May 15, 2017 03:40am

@Zubair how do get the figure of 70% revenue . Only Punjab have more industries than Karachi and agrariculture production and export is zero for Karachi . So how Karachi give 70% revenue .

Nikama May 15, 2017 04:01am

Does sindh only include Karachi????what abt other cities like jacobabad,larkana, etc etc..does that cities have been granted all the rights???..every1 is asking for rights of karachi nd no one cares abt rights for interior sindh...i seriously doubt that PDP is serious abt sindh politics..only if they can do alliance with any party they can get some seats but pSP is just MQM-london part 2..just a face saving for all mqm killers..and i hope PTI wins next elections to do something for the country..only and last PPP,PMLn are all looters

Zahid Hussain Holland May 15, 2017 04:01am

These PPP looters are looting Karachi wealth, alongwith Federal Govt and in return not giving even 5%, Kachara, road broken, no electricity, education, all Sindh ministers are from interior of Sindh and they do not know the name of street, all are Wadera, Jagirdar, Jamindar are ruling Karachi and its wealth, no water, they shelling innocent people Karachi MK and Farooq Sattar join hand and forget their difference, otherwise these Wadera will treat them their Hari and OTAQ.

Nikama May 15, 2017 04:05am

And all those who say karachi does not get water...stop voting PPP nd someone else and see if he can just voting ppp (nd then cry for 5 years) then in next term again vote to MQM(again cry for 5 years is enough)...stop voting these PPP thugs nd MQM killers,snatchers land grabbers..change ur vote so that u can see a good change

Humor heart humanity(3H) May 15, 2017 04:16am

A very disproportionate use of force seen in this shameful incident.There was a less crowed than 1m as called by Mustafa Kamal.The footage of baton charge and tear got viral, and PSP will get it's rating high.The Sindh administration must have dealth with leniency and let the rally pass,instead they use tyrannical tactics,which will polarise the Karachiites,and one day or other, PPP will loose the ground in total at Karachi.

Shan71 May 15, 2017 05:13am

This needs a JIT to find out what happened.

sri1 May 15, 2017 05:44am

This is all ground-setting for the post-AH scenarios at Karachi. Unfortunately, everyone has an life-expiry period, if something happens to AH naturally within the next couple of years, the vacuum will now be filled by MK, Sattar etc. We need to remember that any jail stint is good voting currency.

UJ May 15, 2017 06:12am

PSP is the only political party that talks about the issues of Karachi and does not resort to violence. PTI has been a huge disappointment for Karachiites.

PAK-OZ May 15, 2017 06:57am

PSP is just a new name for MQM. we all will see in future.

PAK-OZ May 15, 2017 07:04am

PSP is another FACE of MQM.

future will tell us the same. just wait and watch before they pick up arms against establishment, same as MQM did. they just want US to forget Altaf drama and keep the faith in MQM (now called PSP)

naji May 15, 2017 07:26am

One day drama ended with full publicity with help of dear JI, ppp, police and Sunny Tehreek.

PAK-OZ May 15, 2017 07:47am

PSP is the new name for MQM.

they are outsmarting the karachi people. just wait and see when they will pick up arms against the establishment just like MQM did in past. they just want to leave Altaf drama behind and strenghtening themselves.

just wait and watch same chocolate in different wrap. PSP=MQM

KB May 15, 2017 08:43am

What a waste of time, resource of this nation and pain for the rest of the city and citizens over there now and then useless rallies.

Alba May 15, 2017 09:07am

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said that the Constitution ensures the provision of holding all types of political gatherings, unless you are Imran Khan and his PTI workers.

M Mirza May 15, 2017 09:07am

@PAK-OZ They have o do smething to get their rights. All jobs are give to sindhi speaking people. Go to revenue department, sindh secretariat, police . you will hardly find any body from karachi.

Juna bazar May 15, 2017 09:13am

Great comments, deserve appreciation.

Juna bazar May 15, 2017 09:23am

Whoever ask for their rights he belongs to mqm

Juna bazar May 15, 2017 09:26am

@saeeds Karachi port revenue is equil to Punjab budget,

SEHARISH SHARIF May 15, 2017 09:28am


ABE May 15, 2017 09:34am

"Govt's writ was challenged'?

Sindh government has a writ? That is news to many. It has been largely absent and ineffective so far. Hence alternative solutions need to be found.

Juna bazar May 15, 2017 09:39am

@future good comments deserve due respect

Masood May 15, 2017 09:40am

He should have given proper names of the thieves also called PPP also called "Tanker Mafia". The whole world and specially the Indians laugh at Pakistan for building a multi-billion dollar highway where as the biggest and the richest city does not have water to drink and electricity for everyday use.

Juna bazar May 15, 2017 09:42am

@Khan USA just look what he is saying, do not look who is saying, hope u better understand what I mean

Aussie May 15, 2017 09:44am

Just off the topic..
PSP should not reduce the value of national flag to a party flag.. please someone ask them to change it

Ali May 15, 2017 10:15am

"Nisar condemns use of force against citizens" Look who's talking...

Pankaj May 15, 2017 10:27am

Media created PSP and MK,to counter MQM but it has no mass support,look at the pictures flags are more than people,paid workers brought for so called million march which ended in hundreds....

Rectified Guy May 15, 2017 10:46am

This is called absolute face saving. Lol

AQ May 15, 2017 11:03am

Buses are more in numbers than people. Hahahaha

PAK-OZ May 15, 2017 11:27am

@M Mirza yes coz real karachiets now living in US, europe and UK.

come back and fix khi. just sitting overseas and passing comments. when was the last time u were in khi brother??

Gerry D'Cunha May 15, 2017 12:36pm

Downfall of PPP in Karachi and Sindh is immenent

Abdulla Hussain May 15, 2017 12:49pm

Whatever the outcome, the authority's highhandedness to deal with innocent public's peaceful demonstration to highlight the sufferings in a very democratic and peaceful manner is exposed. The way lathi charge & water cannon were unleashed on the peaceful demonstrators including women & children from all communities living in Karachi is unprecedented. The intelligently talking CM looks so exposed. The Karachites will remember this in the next elections. It is high time PSP & MQM Pakistan removes their differences and workout on a joint strategy to help the suffering masses in Sindh, particularly in big cities.

MYRESPONSE May 15, 2017 02:37pm

@Nikama Karachi gets less than 7% from Sindh's budget, this means more than 93% goes to interior Sindh. PPP has been eating all this money for more than 25 years.

asad May 16, 2017 04:23pm

MK & Company should understand why they are called haqiqi-2 by the masses in karachi.