KARACHI: When clash between two contesting party members got out of control, Rangers stepped in and took two people under arrest, Aaj News reported.
At least three people injured including a party worker under PS-115 constituency near Mutahidda Qaumi Moment’s (MQM) polling station in Lines Area where political party workers started throwing stones at each other during lunch time after which voters panicked.
“Our 11 party members are injured due to firing including six women,” said MQM’s Salman Mujahid Baloch told Aaj News.
Earlier, In several polling stations there were reports of shouting slogans turning in to a cause of fight between two charged political parties but the situations were immediately taken under control by rangers patrolling in the area.
Two political parties women supporters came face to face in Lines Area during polling process. DG Rangers Sindh Major General Bilal Akbar visited the polling stations in the city to survey the security arrangements.
According to the report, voters are turning towards polling station in more numbers as compare to the morning turn out.
Polling in NA-245 and PS-115 is under progress in the metropolitan city on Thursday. Both constituencies have 227 polling stations out of which 127 are labelled as sensitive.
With 2,274 police officials and one thousand rangers deployed in the city to patrol the streets, security arrangements in the city are adequate to help bring about a peaceful polling process.
PS-115 has 1,62,000 registered voters whereas NA-245 has more than four lac registered voters.According to the report, Security arrangements in the area are satisfactory as more people take to streets to cast their vote.
However, NA-245 polling station is peaceful but management is unsatisfactory as voters cannot find their names in the prescribed list at the polling station.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party nominee Amjadullah Khan switched sides last minute and pledged his allegiance with Mutahidda Qaumi Moment (MQM) on late Wednesday. He was contesting from NA-245 for by-election.
Due to this major switch in allegiance, there is not much competition in NA-245, according to the report, although PS-115 polling station is observing a competition between the contesting parties.