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MQM to lead country-wide ‘peaceful protest’ today

Updated Jun 23, 2013 12:18am
Activists and supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement offer funeral prayers for lawmaker Sajid Qureshi and his son in Karachi on June 22, 2013. – AFP Photo
Activists and supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement offer funeral prayers for lawmaker Sajid Qureshi and his son in Karachi on June 22, 2013. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday announced to hold peaceful protests, demonstrations and candle vigils across the country over killing of its workers, office bearers and lawmakers on Sunday.

The party’s Rabita (coordination) Committee said that no action was being taken against terrorist groups who were behind the murder of three MPAs belonging to the party.

During a news conference, MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddqui said a terrorist group had claimed responsibility for the murder of MPA Sajid Qureshi, yet there was no action being taken.

He said there was no law and order in Karachi and alleged that several MQM workers were arrested and later went missing on Friday.

While announcing a day of protest in Pakistan and abroad on Sunday, Siddiqui said a vigil will be held in front of the Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi in the evening.

Meanwhile, a day of mourning was observed throughout the country on Saturday to protest against the killings of Sindh MPA Sajid Qureshi and his young son, who were gunned down by unknown attackers in the city’s North Nazimabad area on Friday.