Police arrest Hafiz Naeem, JI workers from Idara Noor-e-Haq

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KARACHI: Police on Friday surrounded Jamat-e-Islami’s Idara Noor-e-Haq and took into custody JI Deputy Amir Hafiz Naeem and three workers including Dr Farukh — hours before the party was scheduled to protest against the Karachi Electric corporation.

Following Hafiz Naeem’s arrest, party workers also presented themselves for detention. A scuffle also broke out between the party workers and police.

JI Amir Siraj-ul Haq protested the arrest of the party leader.

Earlier, Hafiz Naeem held a press conference, where he said that the issue is not related to the party’s protest at Shahrae Faisal but of going against the KE.

He said that the party does not want to disrupt the peace of the city, adding that the JI only planned to protest against overcharging of electricity consumers.

The JI spokesman said that police has blocked routes coming from and to the JI institution, adding that police mobiles and water tankers have been put in place to block the routes.

For shifting the detained workers, a prison van also reached Idara Noor-e-Haq.

Earlier while speaking to Geo News, JI Deputy Amir Hafiz Naeem said that arrests have also been made in the past, adding that his party is peaceful.

He said that the party’s scheduled protest against Karachi Electric corporation will be held as per schedule.

JI Amir Siraj-ul-Haq condemned the arrests, saying that police cannot stop the party from protest through such acts.

Sit-ins, gatherings, and protests are a democratic right of people, he said.

According to the spokesman, at the time of crackdown, Hafiz Naeem was also present at the building.

The JI workers were to protest against the recent hike in the tariff of the Karachi Electric corporation (KE) today at Shahrae-Faisal

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