KARACHI, June 28: Reacting to an appeal made by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain to review the policy of giving strike calls frequently, MQM lawmakers said in a statement issued on Friday that there would be no need to lodge a protest if the chief minister played his due role and stopped killings of innocent people, menace of extortion and terrorism.

Muttahida MPAs appealed to the chief minister “to review and reconsider his policy of having a soft corner for gang war, terrorists, and extortion mafia involved in the killings of innocent citizens and supporting them”.

They said that office-bearers, workers and even elected representatives of the MQM were being targeted even today, during the present PPP government, on a pattern similar to what occurred in the PPP’s previous tenure.

They said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain had been expressing his concern and voice over the menace of terrorism, extortion and targeted killings continuously because these were not only harming Karachi’s economy but also damaging Pakistan. “But the provincial government is paying no heed to our appeals and taking no action. The irony of this whole tragedy is that instead of providing protection to the innocent citizens from the criminal elements of the gang war, the CM is criticising our mourning and protests,” they said in the joint statement.

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Khalid
Jun 29, 2013 02:58pm

I was born in Karachi and do not belong to any political party neither have I any sympathies with any. The fact that MQM workers are killed on a daily basis is a sad reality for all of us. What I don't understand is the strike call for every killing and most businesses and transport systems come to a halt in our huge city. It really makes me wonder how a strike call helps the families whose loved ones are killed?. In fact, the cost of each strike is calculated to in in billions of rupees each day and let us not forget the people who are on daily wages who suffer the most. Killing of each MQM worker brings even more hardship to already suffering poors of our great city. Let us stop this strike business it is serving nobody. In the interest of the living let us not make our dead a burden on 100s of 100s of people. It will help the families of the dead much more if we all aid one rupee from our salaries. It will come to millions of rupees and perhaps help the families in a much more productive way.