Hundreds of protestors attacked Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) on Sunday and set fire to several shops and vehicles, including a Suzuki Showroom especially at Jinnah Avenue.
The protestors were initially staging a sit-in outside Bahria Town Karachi off the Super Highway and chanting slogans against the housing society and Sindh Government for forcing them to give up their lands for the development.
The protestors ended up breaching the barricaded gate, entering Bahria Town Karachi and set fire to all shops and vehicles, including a Suzuki Showroom located at Jinnah Avenue.
Protestors Set Fire Suzuki Showroom at Jinnah Avenue in Bahria Town Karachi
The protest was organized by the Sindh Action Committee, an alliance of the nationalist parties in the province against hostile takeover of land by Bahria Town management.
The protest was reportedly attended by residents of nearby villages to try and save their lands, which were taken over by BTK management.
The Sindh Action Committee leader Qadir Magsi said that those who engaged in violence at the Bahria Town Protest had nothing to do with the committee or the protestors.
“They were Bahria Town’s own people who deliberately drove the protest towards violence,” he told local media outlet. “We were staging a peaceful sit-in and the Sindh Action Committee had nothing to do with the violence in Bahria Town.”
Magsi also said that police arrested several protestors and demanded their immediate release.