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Protests continue in Karachi over likely arrest of PM

January 16, 2013

Activists of the PPP protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, at a rally in Karachi on January 16, 2013. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: Activists of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) came out on roads and streets in various areas of Karachi on the second consecutive day, Wednesday, to protest against the likely arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the rental power projects case.

The SC bench had ordered the arrest of 16 persons, including the premier, on Tuesday and directed the authorities to present PM Ashraf in the court.

Dozens of PPP workers blocked Shahrah-e-Faisal for more than an hour, the main artery of the city leading to Jinnah International Airport and inter-linking many roads, by setting tyres on fire.

They were raising slogans in support of the party, the prime minister, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and President Asif Ali Zardari.

Malir, Gadap and Bin Qasim towns also remained disrupted for the second day in a row for the same reason.

A large number of party supporters also assembled at Bilawal House and expressed full confidence and support to the party leadership and the premier.

On Tuesday, as the news broke out, a large number of protesters came out on roads to show their resentment against the order in different cities of interior Sindh as well. Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu and Shedadpur were among the other areas of the province.