KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that Karachi was facing sharp rise in extremism and continuous victimization of City’s main stakeholders that could lead the country to 1971-like situation.

He said that his party was bearing the brunt of terrorism in the city as party workers were being targeted while eight party workers were missing and no one knew about their fate.

Addressing a press conference at Khursheed Begum Secretariat Azizabad Karachi, Siddiqui said that City was the economical hub of the country but was left at the mercy of the criminals while the newly elected provincial government was making no effective attempts to encounter the terrorism.

He said that Karachi was generating largest portion of the country’s revenue and if law and order situation continued to deteriorate then whole country will face the crisis. Siddiqui said that Lyari was not now stronghold area of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as it had turned into a hub of gangster and criminals.

Criticizing PPP provincial government, Siddiqui said that Sindh chief minister shortly after talking oath of his office preferred to visit the hideouts of Lyari gangsters instead of visiting the Quaid’s Mausoleum.

He urged the government to stop patronizing the Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) activists, who, he said, were involved in killing of the MQM workers and supporters

To a question, Siddiqui said that MQM was against the division of Sindh but if people were pushed to walls and victimized then country could face the situation of 1971.

Meanwhile, senior MQM members Ahmed Saleem Siddiqui and Syed Aminul Haque have been included in the Co-ordination Committee bringing the total number of members to twenty five. End.

Five more dead in Karachi: Five people were gunned down in separate incidents of violence here on Thursday.

A dozen of armed motorcyclists shot dead an unidentified young man near Edhi Centre in the remits of Mithadar police station. Witnesses said that armed gangsters were riding over a dozen motorcycles and displaying weapons when they brought the victim near Edhi Centre, and opened indiscriminate firing at him before a number of people. During the incident, ambulance driver Imran and a rickshaw driver Mehmood were also wounded.

Victims were rushed to Civil Hospital Karachi where both drivers were admitted while unidentified man was pronounced dead and his body was shifted to morgue after autopsy. Separately, two men were shot dead and another was wounded in an armed attack near Dehli Merchandize Society in the remits of Ferozabad police station.  Reportedly, unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets at two car dealers near Dehli Merchandize Society.

Resultantly, both victims Abdul Rehman and Shaikh Munir sustained bullet wounds while a passerby was also injured.

They were rushed to JPMC where doctors pronounced both the car dealers dead. Police said that both the victims ran a car showroom in Bahadurabad and suspected that they were killed over non payment of extortion money. Elsewhere, police found a shot dead body from the remits of Pak Colony police station.

Police said that gunmen kidnapped the victim and threw his shot dead body at the said place. The body was shifted to morgue for identification after autopsy. Similarly, police found another shot dead body near Abbas Crossing in the remits of Gulshan-e-Myamar police station. The body was shifted to morgue for identification after autopsy.