KARACHI: Karachi police on Wednesday arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda from a protest that caused massive traffic jams on many major roads in Karachi including the main Shahrah-e-Faisal thoroughfare.
According to details, the PTI leader was transferred to the Airport police station.
“We have registered a case against PTI leader Faisal Vawda,” Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwar told media. He did not give any further details of the case registered against Vawda.
Vawda’s party, however, claimed that they were not associated with the protest in Karachi.
The police also resorted to baton-charge to disperse the demonstrators participating in the civil society protest.
Thousands of citizens were stuck in traffic while trying to return home after offices hours due to the traffic jam near Star Gate caused by the civil society protest. Due to the gridlock, the traffic from Drigh Road was diverted to Rashid Minhas Road.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah directed the IG Sindh to bring the traffic of the city to normal immediately. “Few people were putting the citizens to trouble after getting politically frustrated,” he added.
He said the citizens had to go through difficulty due to the massive traffic jams in the city. “I will not tolerate such a situation in the city,” Murad warned.
The chief minister directed IG Sindh to take necessary action and bring the situation of the city to normal.
PTI spokesman Naeemul Haq, while distancing the party from the protest, apologised to the people of Karachi. “Stern action should be taken against Faisal Vawda”, he said.
“I apologise for the irresponsible act of Vawda. I myself was stuck in traffic for four hours.”
While condemning the protest, he said that Vawda caused trouble to people.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily