Karachi: In a recent development, workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against candidates of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the upcoming General Elections 2024 and others. The charges pertain to the alleged killing of an MQM-P worker during a clash in Karachi’s Nazimabad area.
According to reports, the MQM-P submitted an application to the Gulbahar police station, invoking murder and terrorism-related sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. The FIR includes the names of PPP candidates from NA-249, Rao Abdul Waheed, and from PS-124, Arif Qureshi, along with six others. Additionally, the FIR lists 25 to 30 unidentified individuals allegedly involved in the incident.
The clash occurred on Sunday, resulting in the death of a 40-year-old individual identified as Faraz, said to be an MQM-P worker. The MQM-P accused PPP leader Dr. Asim Hussain of inciting violence, while the PPP denied any involvement in the killing, asserting that the MQM-P resorted to terrorism.
The confrontation between supporters of both parties took place as a PPP rally passed by the MQM-P’s election office. Subsequently, unidentified persons set two vehicles on fire in Nazimabad No-2.
This incident follows earlier clashes on January 22, where both the MQM-P and the PPP filed cases against each other over violence in the Hyderi area of the city, each party blaming the other for the unrest.