KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) coordination committee has condemned the increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom and murders of the people belonging to the Hindu community living in Jacobabad.

It expressed its concerns on the immigration of a number of Hindu families to India as a desperate step because of the unbridled crimes against their community.

The co-ordination committee said that there was a growing sense of insecurity in the Hindu community in Jacobabad. It called for urgent steps to protecting their life and property in order to restore their confidence.

The Co-ordination Committee demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of the emigration of the Hindu families to India as a last resort because of kidnappings and murders of their people.

The Co-ordination Committee demanded that the elements behind such heinous crimes against a particular community should be arrested and justice should be done.

Moreover, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has felicitated the Hindu community in Pakistan and throughout the world on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. He said that the MQM believes and religious tolerance and harmony. He asked the Hindu community to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

Meanwhile, a delegation of MQM led by member of the Co-ordination Committee Dr Sagheer Ahmed visited the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and held meeting with its president Haji Fazl Qadeer Khan and other members.

The Karachi situation was discussed in detail and various suggestions for controlling the failing law and order situation in Karachi considered in the meeting. Views were obtained on the formation of the business forum suggested MQM leader Chief Altaf Hussain.

Vice president of the federation Mr Iqbal Dawood Pakwala, noted industrialist SM Munir, Haji Shafique and other members of the FPCCI were present in the meeting. Other members of the MQM delegation included provincial minister Abdur Rauf Siddiqui, Senator Abdul Haseeb, MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan and noted industrialist Arshad Vohra.

The MQM delegation told the members of the federation that the extortion mafia was plotting against Pakistan and the MQM would not let their conspiracy to succeed. Altaf Hussain had announced to place the services 100,000 workers of the MQM at the disposal of the business community for giving them protection and security. 

The delegation said that the MQM was always ready to help the business community if they agreed with the suggestion.

Speaking on the occasion the office-bearers of the federation said that the MQM was the only political party that had come to the business community, and that they were proud of the MQM.

The office-bearers said that the writ of the government was not present as the criminal gangs, extortionists and terrorists could not operate freely without tacit support from government agencies.

They said that the extortion mafia was operating without any fear of law and the situation was worsening with each passing day.