#FixIt campaigner Alamgir arrested in Karachi

Published: February 25, 2016



Social media campaigner and the man behind the #FixIt campaign Alamgir Khan was arrested on Thursday as he got into a scuffle with the police outside the Sindh CM House in Karachi.

Alamgir was about to empty garbage bins outside the Sindh Chief Minister House in Karachi when police tried to stop him and eventually arrested him.

Alamgir made headlines when he sprayed stencils of Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah’s face near open manholes of the city, urging him to fix them.

#FixIt: Alamgir invites CM to ‘come see him’

After a brief talk with police and a minor scuffle, the campaigner was taken away by police personnel.

Speaking to the media before his arrest, Alamgir said, “Karachi produces 12 tonnes of garbage on a daily basis; this garbage could be recycled to generate electricity and other useful products.”

“I cautioned the authorities in advance to take action and clean the garbage littered in the city, but it was not cleaned and I took the symbolic initiative of a peaceful protest against it,” Alamgir maintained.

“Instead of letting me know where I could spill the garbage, provincial authorities placed a container in my way and deployed police to bar me from reaching the CM House.”

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“I am not here to harm the sanctity of CM House; I want them to realise how this garbage causes diseases and inconvenience to the citizens,” Alamgir added.

Supporters of the campaign gathered outside the Civil Lines Police Station, where the activist has reportedly been detained, and painted images of CM Shah to protest Alamgir’s arrest and demand his immediate release.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi leader Imran Ismail and other PTI workers are also present outside the police station to express solidarity with Alamgir.

Meanwhile, police launched a case against the campaigner at Civil Lines police station under Section 341 of the constitution.

According to the SHO, Alamgir Khan will be present in a court of law on Friday for “blocking the red zone near the CM’s House.”

Earlier on January 13, Alamgir invited the Sindh CM to “come see me if he [CM] needed to contact me,” saying Qaim Ali Shah would have to come where he had invited him.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Time to make a political party.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:21PM

    So we arrest those who try to clean a city but let the likes of Lal Masjid fanatics roam free. #prioritiesRecommend

  • Hatim
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:33PM

    The whole city has become a garbage dump. Maybe the police should arrest those who are responsible for that. Guts?Recommend

  • Tara k
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:43PM

    Wow,bravo Alamgir,nice shot ,keep up the great work,how did u come up with such an idea,keep moving,although it will be a difficult task here in Pakistan,and it’s a shame that u r kept in custody just because you were trying to tell the CM about the trash everywhere in Karachi,because he was truly unaware of city’s situation.hats off for such a bravery.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:08PM

    Shame on PPP and MQM who despite having powers, authority and responsibility are doing nothing.

    Good work alamgir #fixit.Recommend

  • FAS
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:37PM

    Karachi do not deserve Qadeem Ali Shah as CM and Bhang PPP government. Nor MQM is sincere with this city. All are here just to make money for their masters. PLMN is only concerned Lahore and upper Punjab. PTI should raise its voice for Alamgir. This is the time Army impose governor rule in Sindh. Ex army officer should be made in charge of affairs not only in Karachi but entire Sindh. Talented and sincere people should be made in charge of affairs in Karachi and then see results.Recommend

  • Procrastinator
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:44PM

    Alamgir.. A true hero!Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 4:47PM

    Qaim, please disappear forever.Recommend

  • Asim
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:55PM

    Bravo Alamgir, time get out and support him and campaign #fixit.Recommend

    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:01PM

    Wow , Very Goog job did by Alamgir khanRecommend

  • Muhammad Talha
    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:01PM

    Is this democracy ? It seems dictatorship.
    You try to clean the city, You get arrested.

    Time to stand up!

    Free Alamgir!Recommend

    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:54PM

    The solution to civic amenities for the whole of Pakistan is to empower local governments constitutionally……..other wise we will all sink in squalor……May Allah guide us all….Recommend

  • Karachi Local Guy
    Feb 25, 2016 - 6:00PM

    Beat this uneducated guy Alamgir the stupid Recommend

  • imran ali
    Feb 25, 2016 - 6:31PM

    what a joke…PTI supporting PPP during L.B. election and nor raising voice to give power to mayor ……Recommend

  • Ijaz
    Feb 25, 2016 - 7:02PM

    People must support Alamgir this is the right of every pakistini citizen to live in clean envinoment. What is Red Zone ? Why not to call it Dirty ZoneRecommend

  • Hasan Tasleem
    Feb 25, 2016 - 7:21PM

    Painting the city with graffiti isn’t exactly great work. About time we make an example of these graffiti lovers. Keep our city and its walls clean. From such political trash like Alamgir.Recommend

  • Mizzy
    Feb 25, 2016 - 7:28PM

    Really? that’s how you treat the people who are trying to make our surroundings better. WOW. Recommend

  • Sameed
    Feb 25, 2016 - 10:51PM

    I think the responsibility of the city’s trash falls more upon the citizen. If Karachi produces 12 tonnes of garbage per day half of it lies on the streets or burned.It is the Government’s responsibility to provide a proper disposal, a recycling plant but it’s our responsibility to dispose our scrap properly.Which is rarely the case since in almost every street the byproducts of a day, waste, can be seen twirling along the winds.Recommend

  • Asif Maalik
    Feb 25, 2016 - 11:54PM

    A poor political stunt from the PTI man.Recommend

  • Saad
    Feb 26, 2016 - 12:14AM

    I visited karachi after a year and oh my! In my 40 years of life, I haven’t seen this much dirt and rubbish. The city is turning into a manhole very quickly. Tariq Road, which is one of the busiest areas has turned into a garbage bin. No wonder people are falling ill. This is an alarming situation and it’s getting worseRecommend

  • Jamal
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:08AM

    Wonder what would have happened if he tried to do this in Punjab. Might have been shot down like those poor souls in Model Town. PTI Fixit failed.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:52AM

    If Alamgir the Fixer has been detained, many more Fixers will emerge. We are a nation of Fixers (Pun unintentional).Recommend

  • Nitesh Kumar.
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:52AM

    Please free this guy from jail. He is trying to make Karachi a better place to live in and these police officials are arresting him, what a shame! Poor Alamgir. #FixIt.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Feb 26, 2016 - 3:21AM

    Support FIX ITRecommend

  • Baltistani
    Feb 27, 2016 - 7:43PM

    How a shamful act by police to arrest him instead of of appriciating and encouraging him? This man should be released to #fixit the problems of the biggest city of Pakistan.Recommend

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