LONDON- Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the attack on his party’s membership campaign, which injured at least 21 people including three MPAs.

At least 21 people, including three Sindh Assembly members Mohammad Hussain, Abdullah Shaikh and Saifuddin Khalid, were injured in a cracker attack at MQM’s membership campaign in Orangi Town area of Karachi.

Altaf Hussain, in his statement, said that outlawed organizations had killed three MQM parliamentarians named Syed Raza Haider, Manzar Imam and Sajid Qureshi, along with other activists in the past whereas the party offices have also been attacked.

He added that MQM is being targeted for raising its voice against extremism and Talibanization. “We were warning the previous and present day governments as well as security agencies that terrorist groups were making their hideouts in Karachi, but our warnings were not taken seriously. These terrorists are now targeting Police, Rangers, security agencies, liberals and members of various religious sects,” Hussain said.

Altaf also said that the terrorists would not have been able to make headway in Karachi if action was taken against them. He added that it is now time to deal strictly with terrorists.

MQM Chief stated that the party was not scared of terrorist attacks and their morale cannot be brought down by such cowardly acts. “The party’s mission will continue,” he said. He expressed his sympathies with the persons wounded in the cracker attack and prayed for their speedy recovery.