7 die in stampede after PTI rally in Multan

MULTAN: Seven people lost their lives in a stampede at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally at Qasim Bagh.

According to Nishter hospital sources, 43 people were injured in the stampede.

Hospital sources added that most of the deaths were due to suffocation.

Following the incident after arriving in Islamabad, Imran Khan condemned the local government blaming them for the disaster.

Imran Khan held DCO Multan, Zahid Saleem Gondal responsible for the deaths while PTI Central Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi also blamed the DCO.

Qureshi alleged that the Multan administration and police did not cooperate with PTI for the rally, adding that only two gates were opened for people leaving the venue.

Qureshi further added, that the incident was a result of mismanagement by the Multan administration.

Meanwhile, DCO Multan while speaking to Geo News said he has a written agreement which states that PTI will be responsible for all matters inside the venue and his teams will manage the area outside.

The DCO also said, had it not been for his teams vigilance the death toll could have been ten times higher.