Imran's Plan-C gets lukewarm response in Karachi.
Byline: Naimat Khan
KARACHI -- Though Pakistan TehreekeInsaf (PTI) on Thursday claimed to have made all preparations for closing the city, the provincial government is also well prepared to stop forcible closure of the business.
On other hand the representative bodies of both transporters and traders also rejected the PTI call for closing down the commercial metropolis whereas the police chief of Karachi, Ghulam Qadir Thebo has claimed to have prepared strategy to bar PTI workers from forcibly pulling down the shutters and dispersing traffic.
PPP stalwart and provincial minister Manzoor Wasan has also hinted at full swing action against those forcing traders and transporters to close their businesses. No one would be allowed to forcefully shutdown Karachi on Dec 12 he said.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has also said that the provincial government would not allow Pakistan TehreekiInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to close down all of Karachi. If PTI workers try to shut down the city by force, government machinery will swing into action, he said.
In a statement Chairman Sindh Tajir Itehad, Jameel Paracha, said all commercial centers of the city would remain open. He demanded of IGP Sindh, Director General Sindh Rangers and heads of other security institutions to provide full protection to traders from the angry political workers.
President of Karachi Transport Itehad, Irshad Bukhari, said Pakistan TehreekeInsaf has not made any contact with transporters yet. He said if the law enforcers assure security to them, the transporters would bring the public transport to city roads. We will not become part of political protest Bukhari said while talking to The Frontier Post. Speaking to media persons, Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo said if the traders voluntarily pull their shutters down, the police will not object but in case of forcible colures, arson and violence police would strongly respond.
Those taking law into their hands would be dealt with iron hands he said, adding police has made a strategy to control the situation. He hoped that Karachi will not see the Faisalabad like situation. He said police would also provide security to the protesting workers and leaders of Pakistan TehreekeInsaf.
Meantime, the Pakistan TehreekeInsaf is busy in creating a momentum for the strike and protests today on the call from PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Several rallies were taken out in the city to inform people about the closure of Karachi under the PlanC of Imran Khan.
Addressing a rally at Teen Talwar, PTI member national assembly Dr Arif Alvi said Karachiites have given their judgment against the rigged elections. He said the Karachiites would voluntarily take part in the strike and protests today. Addressing a rally at Hasan squire, the PTI leader Ali Zaidi said Karachi has always supported the moves in favor of the masses. He said since Karachi wants change, it will itself give positive response to Imran Khan s call for strike.
PTI Karachi leader Subhan Ali Sahil and KPK chapter president Azam Khan Swati and Hafeezuddin also addressed rallies at different spot of the city.