Heavy security arrangements were made around Nine-zero, Azizabad, as the entire area was being manned by Muttahida security staff.
Security staff was posted at every 15 yards and each and every person had to pass through strict check.
This scribe visited the area and saw no public transport on the roads, as the people were seen either walking or moving on two-wheelers. Police and Rangers mounted strict vigil, while some sensitive areas were sealed. Strict security was mounted on Jinnah Ground, Azzabad, and Nine-zero residence of Altaf Hussain, where Rangers, police, MQM security staff were standing atop the buildings to monitor the situation. More than 5,000 police and Rangers personnel were deployed near and around Nine-zero, Azizabad.
It was found that every vehicle, even of MQM legislators, had to pass through security checks.
There was no public transport and the very few rickshaws that were plying on the roads were not prepared to go to Azizabad.
The MQM workers appeared highly charged and they were raising slogan: “Sheaheed Inquilab laiga”.
The media persons were allowed at the venue after showing their office cards and passes issued by the MQM.