Islamabad clashes: PTI, MQM announce day of mourning in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have announced to observe a day of mourning on Sunday following the clashes between protesters and law enforcers in the capital city of Islamabad.

PTI workers came out on Karachi streets on the call of their leader Imran Khan and blocked Sharea Faisal and Numaish Chowrangi.

Dozens of people sustained injuries, including women and policemen, when protesters of PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) marched towards the Prime Minister House, leading to a clash with law enforcers.

The riot police and other law enforcement personnel fired tear gas shells and shot rubber bullets on the protesters to stop them from moving ahead. This led to a full-blown clash between the two sides as protesters set to fire trees, tyres, garbage and police vehicles.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain in a statement from London warned: “MQM will come out in the battlefield if the use of force was not stopped. He said people will be on the roads from Karachi to Khyber on the call of MQM.”

On Sunday Karachi markets were closed due to call to mourn the day by MQM.