Police resort to baton-charge, shelling as Pakistan Quarters’ residents protest against eviction

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On Tuesday, the Karachi police imprisoned some locals of Pakistan Quarters after their protest against their banishment from the federal residential colonies. The police used water cannon to scatter the protesters. Roughly, sixteen people were injured in this conflict, six of which were policemen. Residents, including women and children put up seals at the entrance of the quarters and stopped the personnel of law enforcement agencies to enter, which resulted in conflicts between the two.One policeman also resorted to aerial firing after which he and his gun was capptured by the higher authorities. Inhabitants hurled stones at the police who was trying to enter their houses.A huge police force, including the anti-riot squad, was called and they used stick-charge, tear gas and a water canon to diffuse the protesters.As the condition intensified, Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah telephoned AIG Karachi and exhibited his displeasure over the police’s use of force. Shah further directed the immediate withdrawal of police from the quarters.

SP Jamshed Quarters told the press, “Over a dozen people have been taken into custody and a case will be registered against them for hindering government work.”

“We have suspended the operation for now and will continue it when directives are issued,” he stated.

In addition, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders Amir Khan, Naveed Jamil, Farooq Sattar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Jamal Siddiqui made it to the site in order to help the inhabitants of the lodges.