KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a token walkout from the Sindh Assembly on Thursday to protest the lack of action by law enforcement agencies against extortionists and target killers.
The MQM’s protest comes after the brother of a former MQM MPA was killed in Shershah on Tuesday, following which traders went on strike on Wednesday, which was supported by the MQM.
The party’s deputy parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly Faisal Subzwari said in the assembly that if the murder was an “isolated incident, we would be worried” but this is not an isolated incident because there was a similar carnage in Shershah in the past where traders were targeted.
Subzwari said that this was the third time this year that traders had gone on a strike to protest the lack of effective action and nothing had been done despite assurances by the government. “Traders are being pushed against the wall,” he said.
“We allocate millions for the police, but we should see results as well,” Subzwari said.
He said that police check posts had been established in Shershah but this week’s attack had happened despite the police check post being “ten steps away.”
Subzwari said that the MQM supported the government but it wanted to see visible action and would continue its protest through democratic means.
The party members walked out then as a token sign of protest however they returned to the assembly shortly after.
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