KARACHI – Jamaat-e-Islami workers and police came face to face hours after detention of Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi head Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman along with scores of other party workers here on Friday.
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Soon after the detention of key leaders of metropolis, enraged JI workers blocked Karachi’s crucial thoroughfares including Shahrae-Faisal and M.A Jinnah road.
According to media reports, police resorted to aerial firing and fired tear gas shells in a bid to budge JI workers for continuous flow of traffic.
The tussle between JI and police started when JI workers were getting ready for staging a protest against Karachi Electric corporation regarding the recent hike in the tariff of the K-Electric corporation (KE).
Initially, JI had to protest at Shahrae-Faisal however, police staved off their plan and detained Hafiz Naeem, Usama Raazi and other party workers from Jamat-e-Islami’s Idara Noor-e-Haq.
According to party’s spokesperson, police also blocked the routes leading to Jamat-e-Islami’s Idara Noor-e-Haq.
JI supremo Siraj Ul Haq in his statement condemned the detention of workers and threatened that the party would stage a protest country-wide provided the workers were not released.
‘Sit-ins, gatherings, and protests are a democratic right of people’, he said.