Karachi: Police released Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Sindh Party leader Haleem Adil sheikh and other PTI activists on Wednesday after a brief detention.
According to sources, Karachi police resorted to baton-charge and arrested workers who have staged a sit-in on main Abdullah Haroon Road near Metropole Hotel in support of the demands of sugarcane growers, from moving towards the Chief Minister’s House to lodge their protest.
Detained leaders were released on the orders of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah after successful negotiations took place between Sindh provincial minister Nasir Shah and PTI member of national assembly Dr Arif Alwi.
The participants also presented a memorandum to the provincial minister regarding the sugar cane issue.
Nasir Shah said that in all over the country the growers are facing difficulties. He thanked PTI workers for raising voice for growers.
While rejecting the stance that Asif Zardari owns 11 Sugar mills, the Provincial minster termed it as baseless ‘propaganda’.
Earlier in the day, Sindh police stopped the Kisan Insaf Rally near Nooriabad on National Highway from marching towards Karachi.
The rally had started its journey from Hyderabad in the afternoon to protest against the refusal of sugar mills to pay the officially fixed price of cane crop to growers.
After the rally participants were cornered near Nooriabad, several workers and leaders of PTI came out in their support in Karachi and staged a sit-in near Metropole Hotel.