JI MPA, 40 workers booked in riots cases

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Police have registered a case against a member of the provincial assembly belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami and over 40 others for disturbing law and order in Lyari.

The FIR has been lodged under sections 147, 148, 149, 341, 353 and 186 of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the state against MPA Abdur Rasheed, Jawwad Shoaib, Sajid, Uzair Khan, Iqbal Niazi, Abdur Rehman, Malik, Haroon and 30 to 35 unknown persons at the Chakiwara police station.

The case was registered a day on Saturday, a day after a clash between workers of the JI and the Pakistan Peoples Party in the Chakiwara area. The police placed sections in the FIR pertaining to riots and blocking roads.

Shortly before registering the case, the district city police had issued a statement regarding JI leader Abdul Rasheed for taking action against him. Officials said legal action would be taken against JI workers and leader for staging a sit-in and blocking a road.

The district city police said the JI was respectable for the police, but MPA Rasheed had been protesting for a few days now, and it was unforgivable, as he had taken the law into his hands by blocking the road 25 times in 15 days.

The statement said MPA Rasheed had joined “the politics of sewers” and also kidnapped employees of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and held them hostage. “We are employees of the police; we are not employees of the Water and Sewerage Board. Strict legal action will be taken against whoever has touched the uniform of the police, against all those involved in the incident. FIRs are being filed. They will be made a lesson,” said the police statement.

The SSP City Office said the security of Muharram processions was also threatened due to MPA Rasheed and his miscreants and it should be noted that workers who were with the MPA were wearing masks, and when they were stopped on the basis of suspicion to prevent a clash between the two parties, weapons were found on them. It can be inferred from this that Jamaat-e-Islami MPA Abdul Rasheed wanted to cause bloodshed in Lyari, he added.

No arrest was made in the case, but the police said that arrests would be made soon.

Earlier in the day, MPA Rasheed and several workers and supporters staged a protest outside the office of the District City SSP against Friday’s clash with PPP, police action against the JI workers and supporters and their arrests.

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