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The image shows a view of the Sindh Assembly. — File photo
The image shows a view of the Sindh Assembly. — File photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday officially requisitioned a session of the Sindh Assembly, DawnNews reported.

The request to call a session of the assembly bears the signatures of 44 MQM MPAs.

Speaking on the occasion, opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly and MQM member Faisal Sabzwari said that instead of identifying criminal elements, activists of his party were being apprehended.

Sabzwari condemned the action against MQM activists, adding that the party had requisitioned the session in order to debate on the treatment being meted out to MQM workers.

He moreover claimed that MQM activists were being dragged in false cases, adding that those behind the deteriorating law and order situation of the city were not being brought to book.

The MQM’s request to summon the assembly session was made a day after the arrest of former party lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi on murder and terror charges over the killing of two policemen.

The arrest of Hashmi, in charge of the MQM’s North Nazimabad unit and former member of the Sindh Assembly, in a raid on his home, sparked anger in the MQM ranks who called the action an ‘unjust move.’

The arrest attracted a strong reaction from the opposition party which questioned the role of the Sindh government in the ongoing ‘Karachi operation’ and approached authorities in Islamabad to resolve the issue.

Hours after the arrest, Karachi witnessed scattered incidents of violence, including firing and arson attacks. At least four vehicles were set on fire as transport stayed off the roads, commercial activities remained suspended and fuel stations were unable to do regular business.

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Akram Sep 12, 2013 04:23pm

MQM is not interested in looking at any evidence, they only want to release their man before he confesses to something.

Shafaat Sep 12, 2013 06:37pm

Choir machai shore...this applicable to MQM....this party must banned.

SHAFIQ KHAN Sep 12, 2013 07:20pm

I thought the MQM leader wanted Army to be invited to sort out the violence issue in Karachi! Do they want the law to be effective on others but not the criminal element .

The courts will decide the guilt or innocence of the accused ? Why are they so disturbed ? Don't they want justice and the guilty to be punished?

Egon Sep 12, 2013 08:41pm

Why they are protesting now, even they were the first one who voted for this operation. The main objective is to de-politicize and make the operation independent from any political influence (not even spare the political wings of the Sindh Govt). If not carried out without the involvement of the political thugs then we will see a similar situation as during the PPP government and we see crime unfolding exponentially.

Karachi Wala Sep 12, 2013 09:11pm

"The arrest of Hashmi, in charge of the MQM