ISLAMABAD- Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Waseem Akhtar said the situation is getting worse day by day in Karachi as the city is turning into a police state.

In an interview to a private TV channel, he said, “Our innocent workers are being picked and subjected to inhuman torture at police stations,” adding that 45 MQM’s activists were still missing.

Akhtar claimed police is collecting a hefty amount of Rs.220 million in the form of extortion on a daily basis in Karachi.

Waseem Akthar said although the entire police force is not guilty, but four to five officers who have their own private militias are hatching conspiracies. “We will look towards the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) if our requests are not entertained by the Prime Minister,” he insisted.

Commenting on peace talks with the Taliban, he said that a bold decision should be taken by the government if negotiations fail. “Our constitution is in line with the Islamic Sharia. Which new Sharia do the Taliban want?” the MQM leader added.

About some demands made by the TTP, he said it is unlikely that security forces would accept these conditions. “If Taliban stick to their demands, negotiation won’t succeed,” he concluded.