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Printing Press Owner Booked On Terrorism Charges For Making Banner Against Bahria Town

Owner of a printing press in Sindh was booked on charges of terrorism for printing banners inscribed with slogans against Bahria Town Karachi.

The development has caused an uproar on social media with people questioning how protest against Bahria Town, the powerful real estate company, can be considered anti-state.

Earlier, 28 FIRs were registered and 120 people were arrested by the police for allegedly attacking Bahria Town, Karachi. The unrest took place on June 6 during a protest called by Sindh Action Committee. However, the organisers had distanced themselves from the hooliganism.

Trade unions, farmers’ organizations, Sindhi nationalist parties and local affectees were part of the protest against the demolition of local settlements (‘goths’) by Bahria Town Karachi in Malir.

With the exception of one or two channels in Pakistan, the mainstream media did not cover the demonstrations against Bahria Town in Karachi, but the protests had been well received on social media.

Reacting to the incident, president of Qaumi Awami Tehreek, Sindhi nationalist leader and intellectual Ayaz Latif Palijo had said that Sindhis are peaceful people. He had called on the police to investigate the incident, as the arson and vandalism that took place in Bahria Town had nothing to do with Sindhi nationalists and political activists.

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