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Clashes at PTI Rally Prompt FIR Against Party Leaders in Karachi

The case lists Khurram Sher Zaman, Faheem Khan, Saeed Afridi, and Adeel Ahmed as implicated party leaders.

An FIR has been lodged against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists following a confrontation with law enforcement in Karachi’s Teen Talwar during a pre-election rally. The FIR was initiated based on the government’s complaint after PTI leaders organized the rally without obtaining the necessary permission mandated by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) code of conduct.

Police authorities stated that they had to resort to baton charges, aerial firing, and tear gas to disperse the crowd, resulting in several arrests and injuries, including to media personnel. According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Asad Raza, at least seven officers, including the Boat Basin SHO, were injured in the clash initiated by PTI workers.

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The FIR, filed at the Frere Town Police Station, accuses PTI leaders Khurram Sher Zaman, Faheem Khan, Saeed Afridi, and Adeel Ahmed of instigating the violence. It charges them with offenses including rioting, vandalism, attempted murder, and terrorism, alleging that they incited the workers to attack the police presence and spread fear in the area.

Furthermore, the FIR highlights that a female constable and eight policemen, including two station house officers (SHOs), sustained injuries during the altercation. It emphasizes that the PTI workers lacked the requisite legal permission to organize the rally.

In response, the DIG South mentioned that approximately 15 individuals have been detained, with efforts underway to apprehend others involved in the incident.

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