Karachi: ANP, police clash after Akakhail’s funeral
KARACHI: A clash between police and ANP workers broke out Thursday following the funeral prayers for Awami National Party Sindh Vice-President Fazlur Rehman Akakhail, who was murdered Wednesday.
The funeral was held in Madina Colony at 11:00 am and he was buried in a graveyard near Power House. A country-wide three-day mourning has also been announced by the ANP.
ANP Provincial General Secretary Amin Khattak, Central Leader Aman Khattak, Information Secretary Iqbal Buniri, Deputy General Secretary Bashir Jan, Pakhtoon Student Federation Provincial President Tariq Tarin and others attended the funeral.
Around 2:30 p.m., there was a clash between ANP workers and the police. Two police officers and PSF’s Tariq Tarin were reportedly injured during the clash.
“We were protesting peacefully by blocking the road,” said ANP local leader Ismail Masood. “We spoke to the rangers over there and agreed that we would disperse by Maghrib, reopening the roads,” he claimed.
“Gadap Town SP Mir Husain Lehri, along with Sohrab Goth SHO Javaid Afridi, came there and started baton charging us, shooting tear gas at us, and even opened fire,” complained Masood. Tariq Tarin was shot during this and then taken to a private hospital, he added.
After that happened ANP activists got angry and fought back. “It was all because of Mir Lehri and Javaid Afridi,” said Masood. “We had guaranteed the rangers that we wouldn’t riot during our protest.” When Daily Times contacted SP Lehri, he asked, “What kind of a peaceful protest involves blocking the road, throwing stones at cars and causing trouble to the public.” He said that the police told them that if they want to record a peaceful protest, “go to the Karachi Press Club”.
“They refused and we had to use force, which resulted in a clash,” he added.
During the clash, more than 30 ANP activists were taken into custody and shifted to different police stations in the city.
Lehri said that some of them were even carrying weapons and FIRs have been registered against them.
Sindh Rangers Spokesman Major Asad that if you block roads and the public is affected then people will of course get irritated, possibly resulting in violence.
“We did talk to the ANP about them holding a peaceful protest, but there was no mention of blocking roads,” he maintained.
At 7:00 p.m. the roads were reportedly clear of any rioting. Furthermore, there were reports of minor rioting at Banaras Chowk, Old Sabzi Mundi, Quaidabad and other areas, however, the officers concerned denied any incidents of riots.
Eight vehicles burnt Earlier, after Thursday midnight, eight vehicles were reportedly burnt in Nusrat Bhutto Colony, within the jurisdiction of the Shahra-e-Noor Jahan police station.
SHO Shaukat said that the cars were parked outside on the roads when some unidentified people came, burnt them, and then ran off. “We can’t say yet who was responsible and why they did it.”
The owners of the cars told the police that they would come by later to lodge FIRs, but, as of 8:00 p.m., no one had turned up, said Shaukat. “When they come then we’ll have some more details.”
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