12/7/2016 8:09:20 PM
MQM vows to continue protest rallies till recovery of its missing workers
Posted on: 5/31/2013
Participants of a huge demonstration held here on Friday under the aegis of Muttahida Qaumi Movement vowed to continue its protests rallies till the unlawful arrest of its workers came to an end and its 12 workers were recovered from illegal detention.
The protesters who assembled in front of Sindh High Court to voice their anger over the recent judicial killing of MQM worker Ajmal Beg, unlawful detention of its 12 workers whose whereabouts was still unknown, were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans such as `bring an end to unlawful arrest of MQM workers’, `release all the workers detained illegal in official custody’, etc.
The participants of the demonstration who included grief-stricken family members of Ajmal Beg and parents, sisters, brothers and children of the MQM workers who were picked up by law-enforcement agencies and whose whereabouts was not being disclosed, were carrying photographs of their near and dear ones.
Moving sense were witnessed on this occasion when relatives of Ajmal Beg and other MQM workers who were picked by law-enforcement agencies from different parts of the city and whose whereabouts was still unknown when they narrated the ordeal of their near and dear ones to media personnel.
MQM Coordination Committee’s Deputy Convener, Nasir Jamal, members and newly-elected Haq Parast MNAs and MPAs were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, MQM Coordination Committee Member, Haider Abbas Rizvi, deplored that although unlawful arrest of MQM workers was continuing unabated and being tortured and killed in detention, no voice was being raised against such atrocities.
Citing the example of Ajmal Beg, the MQM leader regretted that the latter who was picked up by law-enforcement personnel when he was offering prayers at a mosque was subjected to torture in official custody and succumbed to his injuries owing to non-provision of first-aid.
He said that the relatives of MQM’s disappeared workers who had assembled in a large number in front of Sindh High Court building were pleading to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Chief Justice of SHC to help recover their near and dear ones from official custody.
He hoped that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who had often taken suo motu notice of the injustices meted out to oppressed people would provide justice to the family members of MQM’s disappeared workers.
Elaborating, he said that since the Constitution of Pakistan guaranteed protection of lives and properties to its citizens, it was incumbent upon the people at the helm of affairs to help recover the missing workers of the MQM, besides bringing an end to the atrocities being committed against the workers.
Speaking on the occasion, Coordination Committee Member Kunwar Naveed Jamil, said that it was beyond their comprehension they why the MQM workers who were taken into custody in April and May had not yet been produced before any court of law, although it was mandatory under the law to produce an accused before court within 24 hours.
He hoped that the judiciary would provide justice to the family members of the MQM workers who were missing since long and whose whereabouts was not being disclosed.
Haq Parast Members of Sindh Assembly, Faisal Sabzwari and Heer Suho said that it was strange to note that terrorists are described as children and brothers but the question here arises as if the MQM workers were not Pakistani.
They said that the law-enforcement agencies must know that every Pakistani who believed in its Constitution enjoyed its rights over the country and hence “we do not need any certificate of patriotism.”
“History will not forgive all those who will indulge in genocide of our generation,” they said, adding that families of MQM workers were raising slogans of Pakistan-Zindabad and if raising such slogans was any act of punishment then we would continue to do so.
They regretted that although the families of MQM’s missing works had been frequently visiting office of the law-enforcement agencies and courts, they were getting justice any justice from any quarter.
They said that MQM workers would remain with their chief Altaf Hussain no matter how much excess were committed against them, they added.