JI, PPP clash after Wahab wins in Karachi mayor elections

Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) candidate Murtaza Wahab leads in the election for Karachi mayor on Thursday after securing 173 votes and his rival, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, got 161 votes as per unofficial results.

The voting for Karachi’s new mayor started earlier in the day with elected members of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) City Council taking part in the process.

In the tight contest, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Murtaza Wahab and Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Hafiz Naeemur Rehman were facing each other with Salman Abdullah Murad of PPP and Saifuddin Advocate of JI contesting for the post of deputy mayor.

Clashes erupt between JI and PPP workers

Following the announcement of unofficial mayoral results, clashes erupted between workers of JI and PPP outside the Arts Council of Pakistan.

According to news channels, during the voting process, the situation outside the premises remained extremely tense. However, the police took control of it but as the results came out, the verbal altercation turned into clashes.

The workers of both parties pelted stones at each other, on which the police and Rangers took action to stop the quarrel. Moreover, law enforcers also detained several workers for pelting stones.

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