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SA flays killings of MQM workers

* Passes resolution tabled by MQM, demands early arrest of culprits

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly (SA) session on Friday unanimously flayed killing of four Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s workers. The SA passed a resolution besides House also protested over the incident. MQM parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed tabled the resolution.
The House demanded quick action should be taken to arrests those who were involved in the killings. Steps should be taken to stop further loss to life of MQM workers.
Dead bodies of MQM workers Sameer, Faizan, Salman and Ali Haider who were missing from April 13 were found from link road Gaddap. Assembly was told this incident was not first ever of its kind. In past MQM workers and supporters had also been nabbed and their brutally tortured bodies were thrown in streets.
Syed Sardar Ahmed said police did not know who were involved in these actions. “We appeal to the government such steps should be stopped at earliest and people who were behind the incident should be arrested and hanged,” he demanded.
Deputy parliamentary leader of MQM Khawaja Izhar Ul Hassan said it was our mistake supporting targeted operation in Karachi. “The message is being delivered to us more we would support the law enforcement agencies and operation more we would get dead bodies of our workers,” Izhar said. This is the message of hatred. And in the return of hatred uprising,” he warned. MQM leader said, “Judiciary takes suo moto action on petty matters but it does not take suo moto action against the dead bodies found in Karachi”.
MQM leader and MPA Faisal Sabzwari said he raised the issue of missing people on April 15 in SA. After this Inspector General Police on Sindh constituted a committee. Now another committee is formed after the recovery of dead bodies. If such situation prevails, anybody including him could be killed.
“Our leader Altaf Hussain has said we need democracy and peace in Pakistan. How long we would pay the price. We need justice,” he elaborated.
This is Karachi not Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) where people would come and form Aman Lashkar, Faisal viewed.
MQM MPA Muhammad Hussain said masses were afraid from plain clothed people who were busy in these activities. He said people were tired off now and time was coming when they would start thinking they should take weapons in their hands to face plain clothed people in retaliation.
In response Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said he grieved upon the recovery of four dead bodies of MQM workers. He said chief minister Sindh has formed a committee to investigate the matter. Killers would be arrested soon. Situation of Karachi was not ideal that is why centre and provincial government decided to launch targeted operation. Besides terrorists, banned organisations were also involved in Karachi and law enforcement agencies were busy in restoring peace in the city. He asked MQM members they should register the First Information Report (FIR) over the incident and include people who were involved in their opinion. “MQM was part of government. Governor Sindh and MQM ministers are also part of government. They should not have any doubt on the sincerity of the government, Sahrjeel said.
He said Sindh government has sought the report from all law enforcers regarding the missing of four MQM workers. No organisation arrested the said workers. “It is now clear terrorists abducted them and killed them,” he added. He said MQM was our coalition partner and equally responsible as Sindh government. MQM should think about masses, labour and students. He said last day Karachi police and Rangers arrested around seventy miscreants from different parts of city who were busy closing businesses forcibly.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikander Mandhro said Sindh government has announced constitution of a committee of Assembly members to investigate the MQM workers’ dead bodies. He offered MQM to provide evidences. Government would take action in the light of evidences.
Pakistan Muslim League (N) parliamentary leader Irfanullah Marwat talking reporters condemned the killing of MQM workers. “It is strange government was protesting against itself and why was not naming the plain clothed people who were carrying such activities”, he added.
During the Assembly proceedings newly elected member from Larkana Suhail Anwar Sial took the oath. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrrani administered the oath. Talking to media Sial said he would play his role in improving the education and health sectors in his constituency PS-35. Later on the Assembly session was adjourned till Monday.
Meanwhile after the long consultation opposition parties SA Pakistan Muslim League (F), Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf submitted a joint application nominating Muhammad Shaharyar KhanMahar as opposition leader. The application was submitted at the office of Speaker. Out of 25 opposition members, except from MPA Arbab Ghulam Rahim and Masroor Khan Jatoi, 23 members signed the application. Serving his second term in SA, PML-F MPA Shaharyar Mahar belongs to a political family of Shikarpur. He is the son of seasoned politician Ghous Bux Mahar.

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