Twitter condemns police brutality on MQM sit-in protest which killed a worker and injured several others
On Jan 26, police fired tear gas and used baton charges on Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan workers, killing a worker and injuring several others, including women, who were protesting the recently passed contentious local government law outside CM House.
The party officials, including legislators, women, and children, began marching from FTC building at Shara-e-Faisal and walked several routes leading to the CM House, where they staged a sit-in.
An officer’s account:
A senior police officer, who did not want to be identified, told Dawn that the police talked with the protestors first and urged them to return to the Karachi Press Club, as the area surrounding CM House is ‘Red Zone’ where political activities are prohibited. The official further claimed that the MQM leaders refused to listen to them, prompting the police to retaliate by using baton charges and tear gas shelling.
Casualties and injuries:
Dawn reported three people were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment, including MQM-P MPA, Sadaqat Husain, and a police officer. Muhammad Aslam, an MQM worker, died while receiving treatment in the hospital. According to the protestors, police used tear gas and baton-charged women and legislators. “Several MQM-P politicians and workers have been taken to unidentified locations,” the statement claimed.