Alamgir Khan held after scuffle between FixIt, PPP supporters


Staff Reporter

Parliamentarian and FixIt campaigner Alamgir Khan was arrested from a protest staged at Karachi’s Clifton area after his supporters clashed with Pakistan Peoples Party workers on Sunday.
The social activist along with his supporters tried to throw garbage outside the office of Sindh Minister for Local Bodies Saeed Ghani at Teen Talwar. In response, PPP workers wielding sticks confronted Khan and his supporters. Police reached the scene and baton-charged the protesters after which some of them dispersed while others were taken into custody.
Authorities said that a case had been registered against the social activist and his accomplices. The FixIt founder said they were protesting against the dire sewerage system in the city. Footage of authorities thrashing protesters and Khan being manhandled into a police mobile soon went viral on social media with users condemning his detention for protesting.
FixIt founder MNA Alamgir was Khan booked for befouling CM House gate. In the wake of the incident, Ghani said that the PTI workers had come to force him into closing his office.
“Would any of their [PTI] leaders like it if we went and threw rubbish outside their offices and resort to thuggery to close it down?” he said in a press conference following the episode. He lauded the police action against “PTI workers”.
Meanwhile, PTI’s Sindh Secretary Information Jamal Siddiqui condemned the attack on FixIt members.
He claimed that police not only baton-charged the protesters but also resorted to opening fire on them.
The social activist has a way of making headlines as earlier in February, a case was registered against him for throwing sewerage water at the gate of the Sindh Chief Minister’s House in Karachi. Khan, who was elected as an MNA on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ticket, has been campaigning against the provincial government from the past couple of years for not cleaning Karachi city and not resolving other civic issues faced by the citizens.

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