KARACHI: Two police personnel who were part of security details of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ali Zaidi were involved in the aerial firing at the Hakeem Saeed Ground in Karachi.
Sources privy to investigation said that the two police personnel who were deputed for the security of PTI leader Ali Zaidi were involved in the aerial firing at the Hakeem Saeed Ground. The personnel were identified as Muhammad Arif and Muhammad Nadeem.
Constables Muhammad Arif fired 17 shots while Constables Nadeem fired 18 shots during the clashes between the PPP and PTI, sources said. Both officials fired 33 rounds in total.
The weapons used in the aerial firing were also official, sources added.
Earlier, workers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf clashed with each other at the Hakeem Saeed Ground in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, the venue for May 12 public meetings announced by both parties.
Hakeem Saeed Ground turned into a battle field as PPP and PTI workers pelted stones at each other and also resorted to attack with sticks and iron rods. Angry PPP activists also set ablaze PTI camp at the venue.
Several vehicles and motorcycles were damaged as protesters pelted stones. Two vehicles and dozens of motorcycles were also torched. Scores of people were also injured. Protesters also resorted to aerial firing.
All shops and trade centers in the area were also shut down as situation remained tense for several hours after the clash. It is pertinent to mention here that police remained a silent spectator on the occasion.
University Road near the venue of public meeting remained closed for all kind of traffic for more than three hours. A heavy contingent of Rangers reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
On the other hand, PTI leader Ali Zaidi reached Aziz Bhatti Police Station to register a case against PPP leaders and workers. He also asked CM Pervez Khattak not to allow PPP to hold public meeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sinsh Syed Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident after which the PPP camp at the Hakeem Saeed Ground was removed.