KARACHI: Police arrested seven Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) London workers after a clash between MQM London and Pakistan workers in Azizabad’s Jinnah ground, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
The clash occurred as MQM-Pakistan leader and Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar announced to arrive at Yadgar-e-Shuhada (martyrs’ monument) in the Jinnah Ground.
Sources say, MQM Pakistan leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan reached the monument before the rally accompanying Waseem Akhtar but MQM-London workers at the ground started chanting slogans in favour of party chief Altaf Hussain.
MQM-Pakistan workers too chanted slogans in response but soon the slogan war turned into a scuffle, forcing law enforcers to step in. Police baton charged the workers and arrested seven of them, all belonging to the party’s London faction.
I strongly condemn police baton charge/arrest of #MQM workers & demand their release. Chanting slogans is freedom of speech, not a crime.
— Nadeem Nusrat (@nadeem_nusrat) November 16, 2016