PPP office attacked in Karachi
KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party’s office that was opened in Zamanabad for the campaigns of the party’s electoral contenders from NA-255 and PS-122 was attacked on Saturday night. The PPP’s anti-rigging cell said on Sunday that at 8:30 p.m., the attackers beat up PPP workers at the office and ordered the PPP city area’s secretary information Wajahatullah Khan to close it and leave. Even after the office was forced closed, the attackers did not leave the spot for some time, it added.
The cell said the MQM office of that area denied any connection with the attackers. The police reached the spot after some time. However, no FIR of the incident was registered and no action was taken to arrest the attackers.
“One wonders as to who other than the MQM could be opposed to the PPP opening an election office and going to the extent of attacking the PPP workers and if the attackers were not affiliated with the MQM,” said the statement of the anti-rigging cell.
The cell said that 3,322 PPP workers have been nominated in false cases out of who 55 have been arrested and the rest are in hiding in Tharparker, the home district of ex-chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim.
The cell said that four out of five judges in Mithi have been transferred after the announcement of the election schedule. The fifth judge is on leave and thus Mithi is without any judge before whom any application for bail, acquittal or judicial custody can be moved.
Taking full advantage of this situation, said the cell, the police are torturing arrested workers, trying to elicit promises or oaths by the Quran and Geeta that they will not work for the PPP, raiding houses and arresting innocent people in blind FIRs.
Taj Haider, who heads the cell, said that the bail of those who had obtained interim protective bail from the Sindh High Court Hyderabad bench are expiring today. There is no judicial authority in Mithi before which they can appear tomorrow morning for confirmation of bail in the false cases filed against them.
They alleged that mukhtiarkars in the district are unable to issue solvency certificates to those who want to come forward as guarantors because of the involvement of the DCO. The anti-rigging cell said that the PPP office bearers and candidates (themselves in hiding with false cases against them) have appealed to the Election Commission to bring back the transferred judges according to the rules under the election laws.
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