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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.

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Najamuddin Jun 23, 2013 01:21am

may God rest the souls of martyres in peace and give solace to the bereaved family members and friends. Ameen. The long ongoing war of terrorists have mired the peace of Karachi and the neutral majority of citizens and daily bread earners are the worst sufferers due frequent calls of harhtaals, violence and the lawlessness. Those provoking violence, mayhem and fratricidal from their foreign safe havens are equally responsible for the suffering of the people. Talibans, Alqaidah, drug mafia and all the religious and ethnic terrorists having turned the city of love, harmony and peace into a city of horror, deaths and destruction are enemies of peace and humanity.

AKMalick (R.Pindi) Jun 23, 2013 01:50am

"Meanwhile, a day of mourning was observed throughout the country on Saturday" - Dawn media as usual is over blowing the news. Protests are confined only to Karachi & other cities of Sindh, not through out the nation. Sad as the situation is, still it should be reported as it is.

Riaz A Jun 23, 2013 01:56am

In picture I see lot of people standing as on lookers, not joing Janaza prayer, probaly from a different sect , just waiting for their turn to pray separately.

Aisha Jun 23, 2013 04:19am

I feel sad about the killing in all parts of pakistan. In Karachi especially the killing from last two decades should be stopped. I personally think there is no issue related to muhajjir and local people as i myself is from Muhajir background and in my whole life i neither come across any bias issue in Pakistan and nor i expereinced other people to face any kind of issues. This is all propaganda. The time has come to explore the reality of MQM. This organisation has hijacked the people of Karachi no body dare to speak against them.

citizen Jun 23, 2013 04:27am

How come when one of their get killed there is country wide mourning and when hundreds of innocents are being killed by them no one even media highlights it.

malick Jun 23, 2013 05:52am

If MQM is not safe in Karachi, should migrate in Lahore, Peshawar or in Quatta temporarily and come back when there is peace in Karachi. It does not look any peace in Karachi as long as MQM is in that city. Those not in sleep no one can awake them.

mazharuddin Jun 23, 2013 09:57am

We did not prove ourselves as being member of Muslim society which should not have hypocrisy and double standards. Our principles should be based on justice and truth.

The targeted political/sectarian killing is continued in Karachi since long but its intensity is heightened since the rule of coalition government of MQM, PPP and ANP that failed control while their federal interior minister has accepted the crimes being sponsored by coalition parties.

The above was very serious, why it overlooked by governments? in-fact coalition partners are responsible for such crimes. Their leaders must bear responsibility and be part of investigation.

There is need to publicize all investigation reports and the names of culprits who involved in crimes during last five years.

Further there is need to address root causes of all crimes including sectarian targeted killing. The need of time is to avoid path of religious extremism which is the main cause of sectarian targeted killing.

People should have awareness about religion fully. Islam the religion of peace is to believe in one God, pray to him, do good and avoid evil and after firm believe in God people must engage in their daily routine work for their survival.

This is extremism the grave, saint and prophets worshiping, praising, religious processions and congregations etc. as well as claiming the dead is alive in grave and getting life enjoyment etc. These services are not the part of religion. These activities deviate people from their basic duties and responsibilities.

Religious Scholars, Historians and honest politicians of the country should take care in this respect. They should feel their responsibility in this respect.

RAJ KUMAR Jun 23, 2013 08:00pm

Police should check all suspected people including sorrow party

ashraf a jamal Jun 25, 2013 12:25am

MQM, PTI and others should burry Shaheeds killed in blast, target shooting in Quaid-A-Azam Mazar, governor house, President House, in each state, because Pakistan government failed to bring law and order, that is the prime responsibility of the Newly elected government with such a large mandate.