MQM to observe ‘black day’ today

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday withdrew its appeal to observe a day of mourning in Karachi on Wednesday against Lahore violence, which left at least eight people killed and dozens injured. In a press statement, MQM’s rabita committee said that the decision was taken on the appeal of traders and transport operators. MQM, however, will observe ‘black day’ against the incident. Earlier, the MQM had announced to observe ‘day of mourning’ on Wednesday for the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran workers, who were killed in Lahore. In a statement, the MQM rabita committee had appealed to the businessmen, industrialists, shopkeepers and transporters to close their business to mourn the deaths. They had also appealed to the people across country not to damage private and public properties on the day of mourning and facilitate departments which carry out essential services such as ambulances and fire brigades. MQM leader Farooq Sattar told media in Lahore that the actions of the police were ‘undemocratic and barbaric’. He said the incident was not a good message from the Punjab government. MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi expressing sentiments similar to that of Sattar, stated that the protest of the PAT workers was peaceful. 

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