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Two kids among three wounded in another MQM-PPP clash in Karachi

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : At least three persons including two children were wounded in a clash between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) workers Friday night in Karachi.

This is the second fierce clash between the two leading parties of Karachi within a week as the general elections, slated for February 8, are just around the corner.

Police said the 12-year-old Abdul Rehman, who received an injury to his head, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Whereas, Ashraf, 40, was beaten with a stick and Shumail, 16, received a bullet injury to his leg. Both of them were under treatment and were out of danger, said police.

A huge contingent of police including the senior superintendent reached the site of the incident and initiated an investigation into the incident which took place in New Karachi’s Sector 11-J near the PPP election office.

Police said the tearing of a political party’s poster sparked the encounter. The law enforcers initially took one person into their custody for his embroilment in the incident.

Later, in a joint raid by police and rangers, 34 people were arrested, said the senior superintendent of police (SSP) adding that the family of the child admitted to the ICU did not belong to any political party.

Furthermore, a first information report (FIR) has been lodged in the New Karachi police station by PPP worker Yousaf. At least 15 unidentified persons including three MQM-P workers have been nominated in the FIR, lodged under charges of terrorism and attempted murder.

‘PPP armed wing attacked area’: MQM-P leader

Addressing a press conference, MQM-P leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan said that first the PPP workers tried to take down their party flags and started beating MQM-P workers.

When the MQM-P workers went to the police station to register a complaint, police received information about firing in the area after which they rushed out putting the complaint aside.

Izhar-ul-Hasan said the PPP armed wing attacked the area, but police arrested his party worker Shahid on the advice of the PPP.

“Should we not file a complaint with police next time? Police have become servants of a party. Will the DIG and SSP respond to this? While we are adopting the policy of non-violence and non-confrontation, the armed groups are once again targeting us,” he said.

The MQM-P leader requested the caretaker chief minister, police and IG to provide justice to them. He could not see any role of the caretaker government in sorting out the issues, he said.

Saeed Ghani appeals to stop violent incidents

Meanwhile, PPP leader Saeed Ghani said NA-247 candidate Sheikh Muaaz Feroze was holding a corner meeting, the organisers told him to leave.

Feroze had left the meeting and soon after he received information that firing had taken place at the corner meeting place, he said.

Saeed claimed that the child Abdul Rehman came to the corner meeting with his family.

“This is a continuation of the events that were happening in the Central District for the last few days. An incident of firing also took place in Nazimabad, wherein a PPP worker got injured and an MQM worker killed,” he said.

He appealed to the prime minister and law enforcement agencies to stop the violent incidents creating hurdles in their election activities.

The PPP leader said neither a case was registered nor an inquiry was conducted in the Nazimabad incident. If the police had taken notice of these incidents and taken action, there would not have been any more incidents, he said.

“There are reports that our workers are being subjected to violence. The FIR of the injured PPP workers in the Nazimabad incident was not registered. MQM workers are involved in the attacks on PPP offices and violence against the political workers,” he said.

One killed, another injured

On January 29, at least one person was killed and another injured in clashes between the workers of the PPP and MQM-P in Karachi’s Nazimabad area, MQM-P had claimed.

The incident had taken place in the Nazimabad No 2 area late Sunday as political parties were busy canvassing, holding public gatherings and corner meetings to mobilise their supporters ahead of the February 8 elections, according to police.

Police had said clashes erupted between the workers of the two political parties and unidentified persons also lit two vehicles during the violence. They had said the deceased person was identified as 48-year-old Faraz.