Sunday, April 17, 2022

How many people attended PTI’s Karachi jalsa?

Various agencies, police officers report contradictory headcount of people present at Bagh-e-Jinnah for PTI's jalsa

PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan addresses a charged crowd at Karachis Bagh-e-Jinnah on April 16, 2022. — Twitter/@PTIofficial
PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan addresses a charged crowd at Karachi's Bagh-e-Jinnah on April 16, 2022. — Twitter/@PTIofficial

KARACHI: With PTI leaders claiming to have a massive turnout of people at Karachi’s Bagh-e-Jinnah jalsa, federal and provincial intelligence agencies have released their reports regarding the number of participants at the public gathering, Geo News reported.

Two provincial and federal intelligence agencies reported that about 30,000-35,000 people attended the PTI’s public gathering; while one federal and two provincial agencies have reported a headcount of more than 60,000 people.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer — speaking on the condition of anonymity — said that more than 100,000 people attended the jalsa on Saturday, adding that people were seen walking towards the ground when Imran Khan was addressing the crowd.

Sources affiliated with various political parties revealed that the area on the left of the leaders' and media stages had space for 22,000-25,000 people.

They added that if the attendees of the jalsa are forcefully accommodated in the space, then not more than 30,000 people can fit there.

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Sources mentioned that nearly 4,000-5,000 people were present outside the ground on the streets.

According to the Karachi desk of a federal intelligence agency, about 60,000-65,000 people attended the PTI’s rally.

The report mentioned that nearly 50,000-55,000 people were present at the Bagh-e-Jinnah at around 10pm while approximately 10,000 people were present outside the ground on the streets of Shahra-e-Qaideen and Saddar corridor.

It also reported that during the rally, speakers outside the venue stopped working which caused chaos among the people present outside the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground.

Meanwhile, per the report submitted to the Karachi police, more than 70,000 people attended the PTI gathering. Sindh police’s special branch, in its report, mentioned that approximately 60,000-70,000 people took part in the rally held on Saturday.

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Regarding the incident that took place inside the premises, the special branch mentioned that several people were left injured after the truss fell.

Another federal agency stationed in Karachi, in its report submitted to the senior officers of field staff, stated that 30,000-35,000 were present inside the ground while 5,000 people were present outside the ground.

It is worth mentioning that a report has also been prepared by the Karachi desk of the top military intelligence agency, which noted that 30,000-35,000 people attended Imran Khan’s rally.