Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Coordination Committee Member, Aamir Khan, said here on Monday that the party’s democratic mandate has been made hostage at the hands of terrorists who were killing office-bearers and workers in broad day light.
Although nine workers of MQM have been brutally murdered only in the first week of July by the armed terrorists of the so-called People’s Amn Committee and sectarian parties, the government, administration and the law-enforcement agencies were playing the role of a silent spectator, he deplored.
Mr Khan along with other members of the Coordination Committee was speaking at a crowded news conference held here at the Khursheed Begum Secretariat, Azizabad.
He on the behalf of the Coordination Committee urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to immediately take stern action against the terrorists belonging to the sectarian parties and the disbanded People’s Amn Committee, or else the MQM reserved its right to defend itself.
He said that it was astonishing to note that the law enforcement agencies instead of apprehending killers of MQM’s office-bearers and workers, conducting unlawful raids at the residences of the party workers and the party workers and office-bearers being arrested without disclosing them their nature of crimes were being subjected to physical torture under their illegal custody.
Giving details of the party workers killed in the first week of July, he said they included Shehzad Ahmed of Orangi Town (Unit 120), Javed Hameed of Gulshan-i- Iqbal Sector (Unit 66-C), Abdul Awwal of Orangi Town (Unit 118-A), Mohammed Rafique of Baldia Town (Unit 112-A), Wahab Bandahani of Liaquatabad’s Bandahani Colony, Firasat Mirza of Nazimabad Gulbahar Sector (Unit 189).
At the outset, the MQM leader condemned the unlawful raids being conducted by law enforcement agencies at the residences of MQM’s office-bearers and the inhuman treatment being meted out to them.
Deploring that the MQM workers, traders, industrialists and members of Kutcchi community have been left at the mercy of these terrorist elements, he said that government, administration and law enforcement agencies were equally responsible for the on-going killings cases, migration of Kutcchi community, extortion and all the illegal criminal activities continuing unabated in the metropolis.
He urged the people at the helm of affairs to accept the MQM’s mandate, otherwise these illegal and unconstitutional acts would further create sense of deprivation among Karachiites.
He said that though the MQM was demonstrating patients over the killings of its workers, illegal raids and unlawful arrests merely in the interest of the city’s peace and tranquility, its policy of tolerance should not be considered as its weakness.
He demanded of the government to stop patronising the terrorists, bring a halt to attack on the houses of Kutcchi community, besides protection their lives and properties.
He appealed to all human rights organizations to raise their voice against the atrocities being committed by the Lyari gang war and sectarian parties against the MQM and the Kutcchi community.
Expressing sympathies with the members of the bereaved families of the slain party workers, the Coordination Committee urged them to remain patient and prayed to Almighy Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss. Prayers for the speedy recovery of the wounded workers were also offered on the occasion.