KARACHI, April 24: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain asked his party’s workers and candidates on Wednesday to carry out door-to-door election campaign in their constituencies and inform people about “injustices being meted out to the MQM”.
He was speaking at a meeting held in London in connection with the day of mourning for two MQM workers killed in a bomb blast at the party’s election camp in North Nazimabad on Tuesday night.
The party shut all its election offices after the attack.
According to an MQM statement, Mr Hussain condemned the attack and said the forces opposed to the MQM were targeting innocent workers in order to force the party out of the election process.
“The persistent killings of MQM workers over the past 10 days brought back the memories of the 1986 Qasba-Aligarh tragedy and the June 1992 operation clean-up.”
He said unconstitutional, undemocratic and illegal actions were being taken against the MQM to prevent it from launching a full-fledged election campaign.
He urged MQM workers and ‘Haq Parast’ people to carry out election campaign on their own and inform the people about injustices to which the party was being subjected.
“We want to tell our enemies that our determination remains unshaken and we are full of vigour and energy,” he added. Mr Hussain expressed concern over the failure of law-enforcement agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the Tuesday’s attack as well as the killers of MQM workers. He urged the caretaker government to protect people, arrest criminals and ensure holding of peaceful elections.
In a late-night development, the MQM chief and President Asif Ali Zardari discussed on phone the political situation in the country.