KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), on late Sunday night announcement, took back the strike call after the Rangers assured it of investigating the death of MQM worker M Hashim.

MQM made this decision after reviewing the Rangers statement in an emergency meeting of the party coordination committee.

A press release said the party had withdrawn the strike call after the DG Rangers condemned the MQM worker killing with a promise to probe the case. MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also endorsed the coordination committee decision, it added.

Rangers Director General Major General Akbar terming the killing of MQM worker a conspiracy against the peace of Karachi said Hashim’s murder would be investigated.

According to the Rangers spokesperson, Hashim murdered is regrettable and killer will be apprehended wherever they are hiding. There will be no strike on Monday and no one will be allowed to paralyse the city life, he said. He urged the citizens to contact on the Rangers helpline on forcible closure of business activities in the city. Earlier, MQM coordination committee member Abdul Haseeb told the media men, in a late night press conference, the party has appealed to the traders, business community and transporters to suspend their activities on Monday to protest against the alleged extra-judicial killing of party worker M Hashim. Sharing details with the media men, he said Hashim was the member of Unit 164, Liaquatabad and was arrested by the Rangers on May 6 when he was going home from the party headquarter Nine-Zero. He said Hashim’s family filed a petition in the Sindh High Court for his recovery. On which an FIR was registered on July 28 on the orders of the SHC. After three months of captivity, his body was found from Jamshoro area. The body has already been buried by the Edhi, he added. MQM has vehemently condemned the extrajudicial killing of Hashim and has given a strike call on Monday in Sindh, said Haseeb, adding MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also endorsed the strike call given by the party’s coordination committee.



Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hasan on Monday demanded to expand the policing powers of Sindh Rangers from Karachi to other parts of the province.

Speaking to media outside Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izhar said that he demand to give powers to Rangers across the province to assist Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in arresting culprits involved in looting the public money and inflicting losses to national exchequer.

“Rangers should be given the policing powers from Karachi to Kashmore,” he said. He said if the incumbent government would continue to act like this then people would also stage protest over hunger and other issues. He said the provincial govt had only activated its anti-corruption department in order to safeguard its corruption and give an impression that they are taking action against the corrupt officials. Speaking on the occasion, Syed Sardar Ahmed said the resolution tabled against Altaf Hussain was against the rules and procedure of the provincial assembly. Ahmed said he wanted to talk on point of order in the assembly but he did not got permission from the speaker. “We also submitted two resolutions in the assembly but were not allowed to table it,” he said, adding the speaker’s attitude was discriminatory towards the MQM on Monday.

MQM MPA Azeem Farooqui said, “The captain of this entire operation is a murderer,” he said, adding the chief minister should be arrested immediately because he did not pay heed to the killings of our activist.

He also called for investigation into the matter and registration of case against the people involved.