Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif.—File Photo

LAHORE: Protesting against the deteriorating law and order situation and targeted killings in Karachi, Pakistan’s main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), staged a walk-out from both the upper and lower houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

The protest comes less than a day after politician Mian Taimur, the PML-N’s deputy secretary in Sindh, and his father Mian Arbab were gunned down in Karachi’s upscale neighbourhood of Defence.

Mian Taimur is the second politician in a week to become the victim of a targeted killing in Karachi, raising fears of violence as the country moves closer to general elections.

In a statement issued from Lahore, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif condemned the killing of the party’s Sindh deputy secretary and his father, and expressed his condolences to the aggrieved family.

Sharif called on authorities to bring to justice the criminals involved in the killing.

The PML-N chief said innocent civilians were being killed in Karachi on a daily basis. He added that elements involved in targeted killings would have to be crushed to restore peace and security.

Sharif blamed the government for its failure in preventing targeted killings and arresting the perpetrators.

Last Thursday, Manzar Imam, a provincial lawmaker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was killed with three of his guards in Karachi.

The city of 18 million, which is Pakistan’s business hub, last year saw its deadliest year in two decades, with around 2,000 people killed in violence linked to ethnic and political tensions.

Pakistan is expected to hold elections by mid-May with the federal parliament due to disband by mid-March. The polls are expected to mark the first democratic transition between two civilian governments in Pakistan’s history.

Opinion

Editorial

A grave tragedy
Updated 08 Feb, 2023

A grave tragedy

It is hoped that Pakistan continues to send as many personnel and relief goods as needed to Turkiye, Syria.
Pharma shutdown
08 Feb, 2023

Pharma shutdown

IN the midst of an economic and political maelstrom, a fresh crisis threatens the availability of drugs in the...
PSL season
Updated 08 Feb, 2023

PSL season

PSL has provided a launching pad for several of the team’s current stars, and for them, hitting top form will be key.
No pardon for rape
Updated 07 Feb, 2023

No pardon for rape

Cultural filters and biases can often lead to faulty applications of the law.
Health insurance
07 Feb, 2023

Health insurance

THE planning ministry is reported to have raised objections to Punjab’s flagship universal health coverage...
The people’s demands
07 Feb, 2023

The people’s demands

AS the people of KP are literally on the frontline of the battle against terrorism and violent extremism, they are...