The local administration on Wednesday refused to grant permission for an anti-Israel rally planned by Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led JUI-F in the metropolis.
The party had submitted a request for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) on January 12 seeking permission from the office of Deputy Commissioner East.
Sources said that DC Muhammad Ali Shah has sought the opinion of Sindh Police and the application is under review.
Earlier this month, the JUI-F announced organising a “million-man march” and a gathering near Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum in Karachi on January 21 to condemn Israel and any potential move to establish diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv.
On Monday, the Maulana said in a press briefing that the anti-Israel rally will be attended by the 11-party Opposition alliance under the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) banner.
According to a report, JUI-F leaders have been visiting seminaries in the city to seek their support for the planned rally.
JUI-F leaders also met Mufti Muneeb Ur Rehman, former head of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Allama Mufti TaqiUsmani, AllamaUbaidullah Khalid Khan, and talked with seminary students at Jamia Manbah-ul Uloom (Manghopir).