KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar on Saturday held the government of Sindh responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation and police high-handedness in the provincial capital.

Talking to newsmen here after an anti-terrorism court hearing, Sattar said the government has never consulted leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly or Karachi mayor before taking important decisions, including operations, in the city.

The government’s lack of interest in taking all stakeholders onboard is the reason provincial institutions, including the police, are in shambles, the MQM-P chief said.

“Halting the salaries of police officials would achieve nothing, otherwise salary of chief minister Sindh should be halted first,” he said.

A debate on extrajudicial killings stirred up in Karachi once again when police claimed a young man, Naqeebullah, killed in an alleged encounter was a terrorist.

Earlier, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday deferred indictment of Sattar and other leaders in cases pertaining to provocative speeches by the party founder.

The ATC judge was irked when MQM leaders moved an application seeking to put off framing of charges against them. The court observed that MQM leaders were asked to appear before the judge on Saturday. Some of them turned up quite early. It expressed annoyance that the accused persons appeared as and when they liked in utter disregard for court orders.

The judge directed all the accused to appear together at the same time so that he could frame charges against them and set Jan 27 for their indictment.

Meanwhile, the court repeated non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khushbakht Shujaat, and others over their perpetual absence from the trial proceedings.