Islamabad: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), while participating in a meeting regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) demanded to short cut the session in the light of the Karachi bus attack, where 45 people belonging to the Ismaili community were killed by attackers.

The participants of the session, however, agreed to continue the meeting as scheduled before the prime minister announced that he would travel to Karachi to express solidarity with the community and take into consideration the overall law and order situation in the metropolitan.

As soon as the session got under way, MQM leader Khalid Maqbool pointed out that the meeting should either be called off or cut short in the light of the Karachi carnage. The prime minister responded that if the participants desired so he was ready to conclude the session in a minimum possible time.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal chief Maulana Fazlul Rehman, however, said that though the Karachi incident was highly condemnable, the session was equally important and suggested to continue it before the top leadership decided to go to Karachi.

Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali said that today’s session was highly important and the national leadership should be briefed and taken into confidence about the corridor, which was heading towards controversy.

Majority of the participants agreed to continue the session to get a meaningful briefing from the government.