Frere police officer, Shahid Amin, told Dawn that the police have registered a first information report (FIR) against the legislator and 38 other persons over charges of riots, attack on police and injuring the officers. Amin added that the case has been registered under Sections 147, 148, 149, 337(A)(i), 353, and 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The incident took place when Khan and his supporters clashed with PPP workers as the former moved towards Ghani’s house to hold a demonstration against “water and sewerage issues” faced by Karachi. Police intervened after matters escalated and, according to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Sharjeel Kharal, were “compelled” to resort to a baton charge.

According to the executive director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Dr Seemin Jamali, two police officers — a DSP and SHO from Preedy station — and five civilians were brought in for treatment at the hospital. All were discharged after being administered first medical aid.The DIG South contended that the activists had announced that they would hold a protest outside the minister’s residence when the “designated” place for press conferences and demonstrations was the Karachi Press Club. He further said that the police had reports that the protesters planned to throw garbage outside the minister’s house.

Saqib Awan, an activist who is part of the FixIt movement, claimed that the PPP workers attacked the protesters with sticks when the latter were headed towards Ghani’s house. Awan also accused the police of “joining hands” with the PPP workers and behaving in a partisan manner. Kharal denied the accusation of being partisan and said that PPP workers were also among the arrested.