Violence at protest march near Bilawal House

Karachi: Pakistani riot police on Friday fired in the air and lobbed tear gas on a group of protesters seeking to march to the house of President Asif Ali Zardari here, leaving six people injured in the violence.

Activists of the outlawed Peoples Aman (peace) Committee clashed with the police during a protest rally that was making its way towards Bilawal House in Sindh's provincial capital, Karachi, to express their grievances.

Some protesters turned violent and broke office panes and windscreens of parked vehicles as police tried to push them back.

Police resorted to baton charge, aerial firing and tear gas shelling to push back the protesters marching on I I Chundrigar road.

A senior police official confirmed that there was exchange of fire between police and some protesters during the melee.

"Around six people were injured in the stampede and tear gas shelling while police have also arrested several protesters," another police official said.

The trouble ended after negotiations between protesters and representatives of the Bilawal House.