Anti-government rally in Karachi paralyzes city

Anti-government rally in Karachi paralyzes city

Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:32PM GMT

Anti-government protesters in Pakistan have taken to the streets in the port city of Karachi, disrupting normal life in parts of the city.

Supporters of the opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), launched a massive rally in Karachi on Friday, urging the resignation of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The demonstration paralyzed public transportation and resulted in the closure of major shopping areas in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and the country’s economic hub.

“We decided not to bring public transport to roads after a senior PTI member threatened his party would not allow any public transport to come to roads,” Karachi’s Transport Union President Irshad Bokhari said.

Earlier on Monday, an anti-government demo in Pakistan’s central city of Faisalabad turned violent as the PTI supporters engaged in clashes with the country’s security forces. The clashes claimed the life of one protester.

Imran Khan, a former cricketer who now heads the PTI, has repetitively accused Sharif of poll rigging in the May 2013 elections that brought the Pakistani premier to power.

Sharif, who has remained defiant in the face of calls to resign, has ordered the Supreme Court to build an inquiry team to look into allegations of vote rigging.

Pakistan has been the scene of anti-government protests since August 14.

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