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Fists fly at the KMC City Council after protest over demolition of an illegal mosque

Members of the JI called for Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar to be hanged

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

A fist fight broke out at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation City Council meeting on Thursday over the demolition of a mosque. 

Members of the Jamaat-e-Islami were angry because a mosque that had been built illegally was knocked down during the KMC's anti-encroachment drive. They say the KMC never removed what was inside the mosque before demolishing it. Their parliamentary leader Junaid Mukaty demanded the rest of the agenda be put aside and those responsible for knocking down the mosque be found and punished.

When Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar didn't respond the way they wanted him to, they approached the podium and began fighting.

They also began chanting against 'China cutting' and called for the mayor to be hanged. China cutting is the illegal slicing off of land from amenity plots to create residential or commercial spaces that are sold for exorbitant rates.

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When they tried to approach the mayor's podium and possibly attack him, their way way was blocked by MQM members. A violent fight broke out, in which members were seen kicking, punching and slapping each other.

The mayor sat through some of the fight, calling for the members to settle down, but soon the council staff rushed him to his office.

The session ended and many JI members renewed their protest outside his office.

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JI Amir Hafiz Naeemur Rehman told SAMAA TV that their protest at the City Council was totally justified. They can’t pick up trash nor can they even fix the roads, he said of the MQM-led city government.

The Supreme Court never gave the order to knock down markets, he said, adding that the city government will have to answer for making people homeless.

Akhtar alleged that the JI had sent “thunder squad terrorists” into the council hall. They were trained terrorists, which is why they got in, he said.

He said they will look at the footage and identify the people involved in the fight. There will be an inquiry to find out how non-members entered the council, said the mayor.
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  1. kashif  January 24, 2019 6:15 pm/ Reply

    Yeh log hamare issue kiya solve karengay unlogo ke apne inte issues hain

  2. Kashif Siddiqui  January 28, 2019 6:05 am/ Reply

    The issue is that, these people have lost the sense of right and wrong, legal and illegal, Haram and Halal. Their argument regarding legality of the masjid is flawed. Just because someone gave legal right for the masjid to exist in the past does not make it a legitimately built House of Worship. The Jamat E Islami is trying hard to be relevant in the city and looking for any issue they can rally people around with. I congratulate those who are taking bold steps to destroy everything build illegally. Illegally built Masjid is a Haram. Do you really think Allah will accept your prayer in those Haram Places. Be careful, you may endup displeasing the all Mighty. The issue will transform into something chaotic if they stop without destroying all the properties. They need to keep going keep demolishing all the building, regardless of who is the owner and what kind of facility it is. More power to you Mr. Mayor you are doing a very good job. Keep on pushing.

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