KARACHI - MQM coordination committee announced to observe the day of mourning on Saturday (today) to protest against the extrajudicial killing of party activists.

Addressing a press conference, coordination committee member Haider Abbas Rizvi, he said during the meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, before the launching of targeted operation in Karachi, MQM demanded Army operation for the elimination of criminals from the City.

MQM leaders Amir Khan, Nasreen Jalil and others were also present at the press conference held at Khursheed Begum Secretariat, Azizabad here on Saturday.

“MQM supports targeted operation that PM Nawaz had sanctioned to restore peace in Karachi but the law enforcement agencies are continuously targeting MQM workers and citizens under the garb of targeted operation,” he added.

Deploring the extrajudicial killing of Salman and Rizvi, he said police arrested Salman along with his nephew from the Korangi Crossing on February 3 and later let his nephew go. On February 4, his body was found from Shah Latif Town of Landhi. The victim was later found at the Eidhi morgue and initial reports said Salman was allegedly tortured. Rizvi said, “It is the matter of concern that the list of the missing persons is on the rise and about 45 of our activists are missing. Their families have filed petitions in the courts.”

He appealed to the transporters and business community to suspend their activities to mark solidarity with the victims.

He demanded to establish judicial commission to investigate the extrajudicial killing of MQM workers. He urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to form a separate bench to pursue the case of missing persons. He also demanded the human rights groups to take notice of the extrajudicial killings of MQM activists. On the occasion, MQM leader Nasreen Jalil said Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat should also be nominated in the FIR of party activist’s killing.

Acted upon the Bilawal’s stance, MQM demanded an apology to the families of MQM martyrs. MQM spokesperson said Bilawal statements were beyond from reality and MQM had not threatened transporters and the business community for the support.   

Following the call of MQM mourning day, Karachi Transporters Ittehad has announced not to bring their vehicles on roads.

Bilawal urges MQM to shun politics of strikes: Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Friday appealed to MQM leader Altaf Hussain to call off his party’s decision to observe a day of mourning in Karachi on Saturday.

Minutes after Haider Abba Rizvi’s press conference, Bilawal said the decision was a larger conspiracy against Altaf Hussain.

In his message on social media, Bilawal said: “Lots of sympathies for MQMs legitimate concerns but they will lose all goodwill if they take Karachi hostage again with strike politics.”

“I appeal to uncle Altaf to call off strike. Please tell MQM people that threatening the people of Karachi, traders and transporters on Live TV is not your philosophy of love,” he added.

Bilawal said: “I’ve warned about anti-Altaf forces within the MQM. I fear this strike is a part of larger conspiracy against uncle Altaf. I hope he does not fall for it.”