Pakistani paramilitary soldiers arrest a suspects during a targeted operation in Karachi on September 11, 2013. Following the arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) former member Sindh assembly, Nadeem Hashmi in connection with the murder of two policemen sporadic incidents of violence have been reported from across the city.
In a statement issued from the MQM's London secretariat, Altaf claimed that the Sindh government was conducting one-sided action against the MQM office bearers and activists.
Federal Information MInister Pervez Rasheed said chief minister Sindh was supervising the operation in Karachi.
The MQM chief said that those given the responsibility were completely independant in making their decisions and he hoped that they would make their deicions with complete honesty.
The MQM chief further said that he had always advised his party workers to remain calm and patient and appealed for the same today.
Tension engulfed the city as markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations shut down in several areas after the arrest of the former lawmaker was reported on tv news channels.
Reports say Hashmi is accused of firing on a police mobile in Karachi’s Haideri area on Tuesday in which the two policemen were killed.
Public transport and traffic remained sparse on roads. Moreover, Karachi Transport Ittehad declared that buses would remain off the roads.