Multiple wounded as violent tussle between PPP, PTI in Karachi ends.
PTI leader Naeemul Haq said PPP had on purpose requested the deputy commissioner for the same venue. "If PPP will create tension now, the same is likely in the upcoming elections," said Haq.
However, PPP leader Shehla Raza said her party had submitted a request for the venue on May 3. "We adopted a legal way to obtain the Hakeem Saeed Ground for our rally," she said. "If PTI wanted the ground, it should have submitted its request to the authorities in advance."
Prior row between party workers
Amid an ongoing row over the venue, workers from both the parties had come face to face at Hakeem Saeed Ground earlier today.
PPP activists had chanted slogans in front of a minibus brought at the venue by the PTI. In response, party songs were played aloud from the PTI's vehicle.
PTI member Ali Zaidi, meanwhile, had intervened to prevent a clash between supporters of the two parties.
"We were the first to announce a rally on May 12 and the PTI reserves the right to hold a public gathering at Hakeem Saeed Ground," PTI Karachi chapter leader Firdous Naqvi said.
PPP's Saeed Ghani responded to Naqvi by maintaining that his party had taken permission for holding the rally.
"PTI's attitude is based on ignorance and bullying," slammed Ghani.