Police tear gas, baton charge opposition protesters

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Routes from Karsaz and Nursery towards Sharae Faisal blocked by containers
Karachi
Police in Karachi tear-gassed and baton-charged protesters of opposition parties on Saturday and arrested dozens for violating Section 144 as they entered the high-security Red Zone to protest against alleged rigging during the February 8 general elections.
The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced a joint demonstration outside the Sindh Assembly during its inaugural session. However, due to police action against the protesters, the protests spread to different areas of the city and severely affected traffic flow on main thoroughfares.
Following the protests, a heavy police presence was deployed on Sharae Faisal and routes from Karsaz and Nursery were blocked by containers, causing severe traffic jams. All routes leading towards the Sindh Assembly and Karachi Press Club were also blocked with containers placed near Urdu Bazar and the Arts Council and other roads.

KARACHI: Police personals intervene the protestors supporters of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), JUI-F, Jamaat-e-Islami, and PTI as they protest alleged rigging in the elections in front of the Sindh Assembly during Lawmakers Take Oath, in Provincial Capital.
KARACHI: Police personals intervene the protestors supporters of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), JUI-F, Jamaat-e-Islami, and PTI as they protest alleged rigging in the elections in front of the Sindh Assembly during Lawmakers Take Oath, in Provincial Capital.

Earlier, DIG South said the responsibility for any loss of public or private property will be on the protesters aligned with GDA and other opposition parties.
GDA Information Secretary Sardar Abdul Rahim earlier said “over 2,000 party workers have been arrested by police” across Karachi. Speaking to the media near the Karachi Press Club, he stated that the GDA’s protest will continue until their demands are met.
JUI-F condemns police violence against its supporters in Karachi
The Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Pakistan on Saturday condemned the police violence against its supporters for protesting in Karachi. The party said that “peaceful protest is everyone’s right” and the government should not turn it into violence. While urging for the release of all arrested workers, JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghori said: “We have persisted oppression in martial law, and we will also face the cruelty of Zardari and his associates.”
He added that the “true faces” of those who used to talk about law and democracy have been revealed today.