KARACHI - Following the reports of fresh threats given by the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, MQM has demanded the government to provide foolproof security to the party leaders on immediate basis.
The TTP has put the top names of MQM leaders, including MQM parliamentary leader in National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar, opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Faisal Sabzwari and Nabeel Gabol in the hit list, said reports quoting the letter of National Crises Management Cell. MQM coordination committee member Ameenul Haq while taking to The Nation said it was not the first time the party was facing threats. MQM has openly denounced the TTP in the past and its activists remained at the hit list of the TTP. “We have lost our three MPs.”
Taliban have threatened to attack MQM leaders because the party has strongly spoken against them and MQM chief pointed the menace of Talibanisation years ago, he added.
Ameen said it was the responsibility of the federal and provincial government to provide security to the party leaders of each political party but no effective measures were taken in this regard. The government has also ignored to provide security to the party offices and during general elections, MQM offices and election camps were attacked by the TTP that claimed the lives of party activists.
To a question, he said MQM leader Farooq Sattar was on a visit to London and hopefully on his return, MQM would briefly discuss the fresh threats with the federal government.
It is worth mentioning here, the TTP had claimed the responsibility of killing MQM provincial lawmaker, including Raza Haider, Manzar Imam and Sajjid Qureshi. Just before the May 11, 2013 general elections, MQM candidate Fakharul Islam was also gunned down in Hyderabad and the attack was also claimed by the Taliban.