Imran avoided visiting martyr’s memorial due to fear of Taliban: Wasim Akhtar

KARACHI: Senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Wasim Akhtar has alleged that chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan avoided offering Fateha at MQM martyrs monument and remained in his vehicle due to the fear that the Taliban may get offended by the gesture.

Talking to a private TV channel regarding PTI’s chairman visit to NA-246 Karachi on Thursday, Wasim Akhtar said that his party had arranged some gifts for the PTI chief Imran Khan and a jewellery set for his wife Reham Khan, while the Haleem – a traditional delicacy – could also not be served.

The MQM leader said that there were a large number of policemen and media representatives in the PTI caravan which arrived at Jinnah Ground.

“Alongside cops and media men, there were also some people from the Kati Pahari and Sohrab Goth with the PTI procession”, he said.

When asked to comment on PTI’s complaint that its activists were thrashed as soon as the leadership departed from Azizabad, Akhtar said that a minor disorder could have taken place somewhere, but the MQM’s top brass over there remained quiet and welcomed PTI in good faith.

He also questioned that ‘what happened of the fear which Imran Khan had claimed to end’, adding that the PTI members including Khan were wearing bullet proof vests during their visit to the constituency.


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