Karachi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday held a huge “Huqooq-e-Karachi March” in order to protest against the day-to-day problems faced by the city’s residents.
The rally, kicked off from Mazar-e-Quaid and ended at Jail Chowrangi, as thousands of PTI workers have participated in the rally on vehicles, bikes and on foot. A good number of women supporters had also presented in the rally.
While addressing the “Huqooq-e-Karachi March” PTI Chief Imran Khan asked the people of Karachi why have they not come out on streets to protest against lack of clean water and heaps of garbage lining the city.“Karachi used to raise voice against injustice before anyone else. Why is Karachi, which stood up for the rest of the country, not coming out for its own rights,” asked Imran. The PTI chief said that the city contributes 60% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pakistan.
He while announcing the march had said that the walk aims to bring to the spotlight issues such as loadshedding, water shortage and garbage disposal. Earlier in the day, PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s workers came face to face outside the Karachi Press Club. Workers of both the parties started chanting slogans and hurled stones at each other, although the situation was brought under control later on.
The PTI Chief reached Karachi on Sunday, where he also spoke to media personnel. He claimed that the person who offered to pay Rs.10 billion to him to be silent on the Court’s decision over Panama leaks case, was ready to pay even more.
Speaking on the problems facing Karachi residents, Khan said the issue of water scarcity was the most serious and would be the focus of today’s march. “I had promised the people of Karachi I would come here after getting done with the Panama case, and I am here now,” he remarked. The PTI leaders – Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Avli, Khurram Sherzaman – were on a truck Tabdeeli Express, carrying central sound system. Khan was warmly welcomed by PTI workers at many points between Mazar-e-Quaid and Jail Chowrangi.