Karachi being subjected to ‘state terrorism’: Altaf

Urges PM, Army Chief to take notice

 

KARACHI/LONDON, Jan 11 (NNI): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said early Sunday that Karachi is being subjected to ‘state terrorism’ in the guise of Karachi operation.

Addressing the participants of the sit-in protest outside the Chief Minister’s House, Altaf Hussain said that Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah is sleeping without a clue of situation of the city.

 

He urged Prime Minister, Federal Interior Minister and Army Chief to immediately take the notice of the situation, adding that MQM will not sit silent now. “Killers should remember they will have to face the wrath of Allah”, he said.

 

While criticizing the provincial government, he said that the Sindh rulers were not even paying attention to our cries. Hussain said “not a single charge was proved against slain party worker Faraz Alam. He was innocent”.

Earlier, Raabta Committee said that a foul play is in order in the name of law and order adding that the evidence will be presented before the court.

Raabta Committee held the press conference headed by leader Qamar Mansoor who said that MQM is being subjected to state torture in the name of Karachi operation.

He alleged that the Sindh government is involved in the extrajudicial killing of the workers, claiming that the police and agencies personnel are acting on ethnic basis.

MQM leaders neared CM house by jumping over the container barricades placed outside. The delegate has now staged sit-in protest against alleged killing by the government.

Meanwhile, The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has called off a strike announced for Monday, as the party observed a day of mourning over the custodial death of an activist.

 

Party chief Altaf Hussain directed the Rabita Committee to appeal to transporters and traders to resume activity and business by 5pm this evening.

The MQM leadership earlier today announced an extension of protest till today (Monday) and called for a strike in Sindh and mourning across the country.

Party supporters gathered outside the Sindh Chief Minister House and demanded that Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah meet the families of the victims and order a probe into the killing.

Party chief Altaf Hussain gave Shah a “15-minute deadline” to express solidarity with the grieving family members.

On the chief minister’s failure to meet the deadline, MQM called off the protest and announced a strike call.

Earlier, the Rabita Committee meeting had strongly condemned the “worst form of torture on party worker Faraz Alam in police custody”. Alam, a MQM party activist, had died Saturday in the Khokhrapar Police Station while under custody.

On the other hand, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon appealed to the MQM to review their strike call as schools were going to reopen on Monday.

Memon assured that the MQM’s demand of a judicial probe were met, adding that the issues could be discussed through talks.

The provincial information minister also said that the Sindh government would take action against those found guilty.

Moreover, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said that the MQM has the right to protest but they should not give strike calls.

INP/NNI

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