Karachi Police have filed a case against PTI Sindh President Ali Haider Zaidi and 17 other party members on allegations of terrorism and other offenses after opposing political activists clashed outside the Keamari deputy commissioner’s office.
On Wednesday evening, PTI and PPP employees clashed outside the Keamari DC office. The PTI claimed that the PPP had attacked its employees, but the Keamari DC insisted that PTI personnel had forced their way inside and harassed the staff.
Conflicts broke out after Sunday’s local government elections, whose problematic results were contested by the PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami, whose supporters flocked to the streets yesterday.
On Sunday, 16 districts in Sindh held the local government elections second round.
Major opposition parties, including the ruling PPP, had expressed worry about a strange delay in the results in Karachi and had accused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of poor administration.
The FIR was filed under Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act of 2017 (punishment for acts of terrorism), as well as Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (every member of an unlawful assembly guilty of an offense committed in furtherance of a common object), 324 (attempt to commit qatl-i-amd), 506-b (punishment for criminal intimidation), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 380 (theft in dwelling house, etc), and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) 1860.