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PTI’s Ali Zaidi arrested in Karachi after protests grip city

Police haven’t provided the reason behind the arrest

By Kashif Mushtaq
May 09, 2023
Police arrest Sindh President Ali Zaidi in Karachi on May 9, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — Geo News
Police arrest Sindh President Ali Zaidi in Karachi on May 9, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — Geo News

KARACHI: The city’s police arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh President Ali Zaidi after protests gripped the metropolis following the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Although the police haven’t provided the reason behind the detention, a video of the arrest circulating on social media showed that police forced Zaidi into a white-coloured Toyota vehicle near the city’s Kala Pul area.

PTI’s leadership has asked the workers to take to the streets against Khan’s arrest and an “emergency committee” — which was formed in case of his arrest — is set to announce the next course of action.

Subsequently, PTI workers held protests in several cities, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Peshawar, and Mardan.

In Karachi, demonstrators clashed with the police near Nursery. They threw stones at and set fire to police vehicles, tore down street lights, and damaged a bus. There were reports that police fired teargas shells at the protesters.

Protesters also caused damage to public property in other cities, including Rawalpindi and Lahore.

Zaidi’s arrest comes just days after he came out of prison on bail in a fraud case after he reached an “out-of-court settlement” with the complainant.

Meanwhile, 23 PTI workers have also been arrested for protests at Sharea Faisal.