KARACHI: The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) on Monday, despite targeted killings and threats, vowed to participate in the forthcoming local government elections.
Unidentified armed riders had targeted two MWM contestants, Safdar Abbas and Muhammad Alim, and a taxi driver Ali Shah, when they were returning after submitting their nominations for local bodies election in Dalmia, Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Sunday evening.
Their funeral prayers, led by MWM's Central Secretary General Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri, were offered at Kamran Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after Zohrain prayers and were attended by a large number of people including their family members, relatives, party's leaders and supporters. The deceased were later laid to rest at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.
"Karachi has become a slaughterhouse for us," said Allama Jafri while addressing the participants. "Terrorists of political and religious organisations were involved in Shia killing. They should be stopped."
He said MWM contestants for the upcoming local government elections were frequently receiving threats to withdraw; still, they will contest. "The Sindh government should resign if it cannot protect us," he said. "Despite our men's killings and threats, we will not withdraw from the elections."
"We pledge on oath that the sacred blood of our great martyrs would not go in vain and we shall expose and humiliate their assassins across the world, let alone Pakistan," he vowed.
Allama Jafri said the government must order targeted military operation to eliminate the terrorists. He urged the government to execute the terrorists who were already condemned to death by the judiciary. He said that terrorists must be liquidated forthwith.
On the contrary, no case has been registered as the police said they were waiting for the complainants to register the case. DSP Nasir Lodhi said the case would be registered on their behalf. "In the light of victims' heirs statements, political activists were behind the incident," he said. "We will be in a position to disclose the details once the investigation is complete.'
The motive behind the incident is also unclear, the officer added.
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