35 APDM activists arrested in Karachi
KARACHI: Police arrested more than 35 leaders and activists of the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) as they were demonstrating against the death of twice former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the countrywide electricity, flour and gas shortages at Empress market, Saddar Monday.
Before the protest could actually start, police blocked the road in front of Empress Market and various other roads. However, APDM leaders Birgees Ahmed, Irfan Baloch, Akhtar Hussain, Nasir Mansoor and Sabreen Khan continued but had to disband as the police started lathi charge. Many APDM leaders and activists were injured. APDM central leader Yousuf Masti Khan said that more than 16 members were in Saddar Police Station and more than 16 were kept in custody at Preedy Police Station.
Saddar Town TPO Tahir Naveed told Daily Times that more than 30 APDM activists were taken into custody and no FIR has been lodged as yet. “Some activists will be released by night on personal surety.”
Although Preedy Station Duty Officer Akbar claimed that there were no activists were in police custody. “Since there is no Section 44 in Karachi nor is the country in a state of emergency and the constitution has been reinstated. How can they arrest APDM activists? It is illegal and unconstitutional!” Khan said.
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