At least one dead and over a dozen injured in armed clashes between political workers of rival parties — PSP, MQM-P and TLP — during the by-election in Karachi’s NA-240 constituency on Thursday.
JPMC head Dr Shahid Rasul confirmed to The Express Tribune that the hospital received three injured persons and one body.
MQM-P leader and federal minister Aminul Haq said at least 10 workers of his party sustained injuries during the clash.
Similarly, the TLP has said that workers of a political party opened fire on the car of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.
Trigger Warning: Violence— The Express Tribune (@etribune) June 16, 2022
A deadly clash took place in Landhi No 6 on Thursday. Violence broke out among members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), leaving one dead and several injured.#etribune pic.twitter.com/VJk5PENhS6
The armed activists also demolished the election camps of their rival parties and exchange of fire between them caused a stampede in the area.
Tensions flared in the area after the incident with a contingent of police and Rangers reached the spot to bring the situation under control.
SP Landhi said that efforts were being made to control the commotion and some persons were detained on the spot.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, taking notice of the firing incident in NA-240, said that nobody would be allowed to take the law in his hands.
He directed IG Police Ghulam Nabi Memon and the Karachi police chief to take strict action against the persons involved in firing incidents and skirmishes.
“We can’t allow anybody to disrupt the peaceful polling process,” he said.
The chief minister also urged political parties participating in the bye-election to demonstrate responsible attitude. “We are political people and should not allow violence.”
On its official Twitter handle, the PSP accused the TLP activists of opening fire during the media talk of its chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal and added that the party's central leader sustained injuries.
ضمنی انتخابات حلقہ این اے 240— Pak Sarzameen Party (@PSPPakistan) June 16, 2022
پاک سرزمین پارٹی کے مرکزی الیکشن آفس پر TLP کے دہشتگردوں کی جانب سے فائرنگ، مرکزی رہنماء زخمی ہیں-@KamalPSP #PSP #NA240 #MustafaKamal #Karachi #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/QT5c3gYpFK
The party also accused the MQM-P workers of attempting to “assassinate” Kamal in Landhi-6 area of the constituency.
چیئرمین پاک سرزمین پارٹی سید مصطفی کمال کی میڈیا ٹالک کے دوران TLP کی جانب سے فائرنگ، مرکزی رہنماء زخمی ہیں-@KamalPSP #PSP #MustafaKamal #NA240 pic.twitter.com/aoP3eutiR8— Pak Sarzameen Party (@PSPPakistan) June 16, 2022
The PSP claimed that the MQM-P in connivance with presiding officers was rigging the election, saying they would not let them win the poll through “stamping”.
ایم کیو ایم پاکستان ، الیکش کا عملہ، پریزائڈنگ آفیسر مل کر دھندلی کر رہی، ترجمان پی ایس پی— Pak Sarzameen Party (@PSPPakistan) June 16, 2022
ایم کیو ایم کو اب ٹھپہ اور دھندلی کے ذریعے نہیں جیتنے دیا جائے گا، ترجمان @KamalPSP#PSP #MustafaKamal #VoteDolphinKa #NA240
Polling for by-poll in National Assembly constituency NA-240 began at 8am and continued till 5pm without any interruption.
The contestants include Muhammad Abu Bakar of MQM-P, Shahzada Shahbaz of Tehreek Labaik Pakistan, Shabir Ahmed Qaim Khani of PSP, Syed Rafiuddin of Mohajir Qaumi Movement, Nasir Rahim of PPP, Syed Faizan Anis of PML-N, and Tanveer Ahmed of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA).
The PTI has boycotted the election while Jamaat-e-Islami is also not participating in the election.
The total number of registered voters in this constituency of the National Assembly is 529,855 of which 235,470 are female.
More than 1,500 Karachi police officers and personnel were deployed during the election while special police contingents were also formed to deal with any emergency, especially at the polling stations declared sensitive and highly sensitive.
Karachi Police spokesperson told that there are 529,855 registered voters in this constituency. 309 polling stations have been set up in 133 buildings for the by-election.
According to the spokesperson, Sindh Rangers officers and men also performed security duties for the by-elections.
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