KARACHI: A case has been registered against five members of the Jamat-i-Islami (JI), including its deputy amir, on charges of assaulting the police.
The deputy amir, Farooque Naymatullah, who is a former nazim of Gulberg Town’s union council 5, allegedly attacked the Gulberg Town SP at a JI rally on May 9, Sunday. He was arrested along with Sajjad Dara, JI central district amir Syed Muhammad Iqbal, two activists Altamash Khan and Naseem Mughal. According to the Yousuf Plaza police, SP Asim, who was patrolling the area, asked the JI activists not to block Sharah-e-Pakistan during their rally. However, the political party workers got angry and started arguing with the police officer.
They assaulted him and also damaged his car. The police officer was rescued by other police personnel who arrived on the scene. Later, leaders and activists of the JI gathered at the Shahrah-e-Pakistan to protest the arrests of their party workers. They blocked the road, causing traffic jams at Rashid Minhas Road and Gulberg Road till late night. The case has been registered on behalf of the government.
The activists should be released immediately, said a JI representative on Monday. According to him, the police had arrested former UC nazim and other workers on the orders of politically influential persons.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 11th, 2010.