KARACHI - MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday suspended the party’s London and Karachi coordination committees over their failure to show any strong reaction on the killing of their Sialkot chapter leader Bao Muhammad Anwar.

Earlier on the day, in a statement, the MQM chief condemned the killing of MQM District Sialkot Vice-President Bao Muhammad Anwar in a terrorist attack, and demanded the immediate arrest of the people responsible for the incident. Moreover expressing annoyance over the lacklustre reaction of the party leaders over the incident, he also suspended London and Karachi coordination committees.

Altaf appealed to the workers to hold protests and decide about the routes of the processions and venues of demonstrations on their own adding that demonstrations should be held throughout Pakistan besides Karachi even in ten people take part in it.

“I am making a direct appeal to sector in-charges, sector committees, zonal in-charges, zonal committees, workers and sympathisers of the MQM. I have not bothered the Coordination Committee, MNAs, and MPAs as they are big people”, said Altaf.

Following the announcement, a large number of the MQM activists and supporters reached the party’s headquarter Nine-Zero where the entry of the party legislators was witnessed banned.

Speaking on the occasion, the MQM chief said that cases had been filed against him in London adding that he was waiting to get his passport back from the British authorities. He further appealed to the British government to return his passport as he wanted to go back to Pakistan to embrace martyrdom for the party cause. He added that he would not manipulate truth even if the British authorities hanged him.

Altaf said that the MQM has reserved the right to protest if the federal and Punjab rulers did not take notice of the killing.

He warned that the entire country would be rocked with protests if the people showed their emotions against this injustice. He said that the federal government and Punjab governments would be responsible for the outpouring of public emotions. If the brutal killings of the MQM workers were not stopped in Punjab than Party would bar entry of the Punjab Cabinet Ministers into Sindh, he warned. “Police was present at the distance of a few steps when the terrorists fired on Bao Anwar but they stood as silent spectators and did nothing”, said Altaf adding that MQM MNA Tahira Asif was also murdered in a targeted-killing in Lahore but her murderers are yet to be arrested.

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During the address, the MQM chief got emotional and burst into tears while detailing the assault faced by his party in recent years. “The party workers currently in London have forgotten me and I am now feeling lonely,” he added.

On the occasion, the MQM activists chanted slogans in favour of Altaf Hussain and shouted in unison to stand with their leader.

Altaf said establishment had now regrets that “it should have shot me dead by now.” He added that PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are also siding with the establishment. Referring to the people of secret agencies, he said “If you eliminate those who created Pakistan, then you’ll also be killed subsequently.”

SHAHBAZ ORDERS IMMEDIATE ARREST OF KILLERS

Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken strict notice of the murder of an MQM office-bearer Bao Muhammad Anwar in Sialkot and sought a report from DPO Sialkot as well as issued instructions for the immediate arrest of the culprits.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif telephoned Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad on Wednesday and strongly condemned the murder of district office-bearer of MQM Bao Muhammad Anwar in Sialkot. He also expressed shock and grief over the incident.