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Sensitive security situation related to PSL compelled police to take action at CM House; Saeed Ghani

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Sindh Information and Labour Minister, Saeed Ghani, has said that Karachi is going to host the seventh edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) so the resultant sensitivity related to the security situation in the city compelled the Sindh Police to take action against the protestors outside the Chief Minister House in Karachi.

In a handout issued on Wednesday, the Sindh Information Minister once again made it clear that street agitation wouldn’t resolve the issue of provincial local government law.

He also clarified that the Pakistan People’s Party ruling in Sindh was not against protest by the concerned Opposition political parties but the protestors should also take care of the public’s rights.

He said the Sindh government had always supported the peaceful protest by the Opposition political parties in the province as permissions in this regard had been granted to the opponent political entities.

He said the Sindh government had no intention to impose any ban on the political activities. He said that Jamaat-e-Islami had been continuing with its protest sit-in outside Sindh Assembly for the past 26 days in accordance with the democratic norms.

He said that Muttahida Quami Movement had initially announced to hold a protest rally from Sharah e Faisal to Karachi Press Club as later on they changed the route of their protest march all of a sudden as the protestors started moving towards the CM House.

He said that in the recent past the CM House had witnessed peaceful sit-ins and protest demonstrations as the government hadn’t taken any action against the protestors in those instances. “But today the situation was different,” he added.

He mentioned that players of the teams participating in the PSL had been lodging in the big hotels situated nearby the CM House.

Therefore, the entire area had been declared a high-security zone as all such activities had been banned in the area, said Ghani.

He said that talks had been held with the MQM’s leaders as they had been advised to go to Karachi Press Club to do protest there but they had declined to move from there.

He said the police had been compelled to take the action to disperse the protestors to save the PSL from any negative fallout.

He said the government couldn’t do any sort of compromise on the issue of security of the international players lodging at the hotels near the CM House.

He said the police hadn’t taken any action against the MQM when earlier in the day it had blocked Sharea Faisal. He said the city’s administration had earlier been formally informed that the protest rally of MQM would be held from Sharea Faisal to Press Club.

He said the participants of the MQM’s rally moving towards the CM House had been stopped and informed about the presence of foreign PSL players lodging at the hotels in the area.

He said that certain acts of highhandedness on the part of Sindh Police had been undue and shouldn’t be taken including torture against the lawmakers and woman activists of MQM.

He, however, said that MQM was fully responsible for whatever action had been taken outside the CM House.

He claimed that MQM and other Opposition parties had been protesting against the local government law in Sindh as in fact their agenda was to divert attention of public away from genuine issues of masses.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Grand Democratic Alliance, and MQM had resorted to protest in Karachi in order to divert attention of the public away from the issues of massive taxation by the government, natural gas crisis, unprecedented inflation and hike in the prices of essential products and services in the country.

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