MQM sets 2 day deadline for action against extortionists

Published: April 5, 2011
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Residents pass by burning tires set alight by protesters during a traders' strike in Karachi April 5, 2011. Traders in Karachi were on strike on Tuesday, rallying against the extortion mafia in the city, local media reported. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Residents pass by burning tires set alight by protesters during a traders' strike in Karachi April 5, 2011. Traders in Karachi were on strike on Tuesday, rallying against the extortion mafia in the city, local media reported. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Paramilitary soldiers attempt to extinguish burning tyres set on fire by angry protesters during a traders' strike in Karachi April 5, 2011. Traders in Karachi were on strike on Tuesday, rallying against the extortion mafia in the city, local media reported. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE A labourer is silhouetted as he sits in front of closed shops in a market in Karachi on April 5, 2011. Traders in Karachi were on strike on Tuesday against the extortion mafia in the city, local media reported. PHOTO: REUTERS/|FILE Residents pass by burning tires set alight by protesters during a traders' strike in Karachi April 5, 2011. Traders in Karachi were on strike on Tuesday, rallying against the extortion mafia in the city, local media reported. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE Traders and shopkeepers go a strike to protest against the extortion mafia. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Tuesday set a two-day deadline for the government to take action against the extortionist mafia in Karachi.

The MQM had staged a walkout during the senate session, demanding that the government take action against the rising cases of extortion.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the senate that 30 extortionists had been arrested in the city and said that the government was committed to taking action against them.

The MQM also withdrew its de-weaponisation bill on the advice of Law Minister Babar Awan.

Earlier, two major trade bodies of Karachi have clashed with each other during a protest against extortion mafia in the city.

The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) had given a strike call today to protest against the poor law and order situation.

All markets run by the office-bearers of the Karachi Traders Alliance remained closed.

However, KCCI leader Siraj Qasim told media sources that the protest was peaceful and the strike is not a solution to the problem.

This enraged the members of the Traders Alliance, whose leader Ateeq Mir accused the KCCI of sabotaging their strike.

The office-bearers from both the trade bodies clashed which resulted in several protesters suffering injuries.

MQM, ANP extend their support

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) congratulated the trader unions for their peaceful strike against extortion and abduction of traders along with murders and other criminal activities prevalent in Karachi.

MQM co-ordination committee said in a statement that citizens of Karachi appreciate all the traders and shop keepers for their peaceful protests.

MQM Co-ordination committee has assured the traders community that they would aid them through their protests along with the ANP who has also extended its support.

ANP leadership appreciated the support of the people and claimed that it has helped the traders strike to become a success. They also recommended that conflicts among the traders community must be resolved.

Updated from print edition (below)

Protest: Businesses on strike, schools still open

Traders and shopkeepers have announced a strike from Tuesday (today) to protest against the extortion mafia.

Despite the traders’ strike, schools will be open. The strike has mainly been called by the Karachi Traders Alliance, and has been backed by the Awami National Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

KTA president Atiq Mir said on Monday that the strike will be peaceful and markets and business will remain closed.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Asfandyar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:16PM

    This article is premature, it is currently 12:15 in the afternoon on Tuesday and the article makes it sound like the day is already over!Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:05PM

    It is time the Traders lodge unanimous protest and ignore the pacifier of the so called ( (mis)Chief Minister and Home-alone Minsiter Zulfiqar Mirza aka Chief patron of the dreadful Amn Comittee . Recommend

  • Mahd
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:35PM

    People ‘backing’ the strike are actually involved in this ‘extortion’ and this is the fact that no Karaciite can deny. Media needs to present the facts correctly.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:07PM

    4 words: Aman Commitee, Peoples PartyRecommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Get rid of PPP ANP and MQM. All will be well. All of them use their armed men to grab money. They are bathing and enjoying together in corruption. PPP ANP and MQM Alliance failed miserably. Lets get rid of them quick. Recommend

  • yahya-ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:00PM

    all of karachi supports this strike i hope this strike coincides with kcci strike and gets prolonged for 1 month if not more all the transport should also stop Recommend

  • Alsahdiq
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:02PM

    O’ People wherever you are, you need one party only. A party of the people, by the people, for the people and most important, in control of the people.
    Can we do it? The very day we can do it, if we will be prepared to work for it, and continue to maintain peoples’ control over the party, that will be the last day of slavery. Slavery of the people by the organised Mafia.
    The Arabs who brought a wonderful and very desirable change in their conditions in the past, did it by bringing a change in their outlook, habits and characteristics. They shed all their bad habits and adopted all the good habits. What kind of habits? Heart warming and heart winning habits. The moment anyone came in contact with them, they would join them in their revolution. Tribes after tribes nations after nations fell for this revolution of the people, by the people for the people, in control of the people. Those Arabs never allowed any King, Ruler, Despot to take charge of them. How? They took their responsibility very seriously and were omni present to participate in those matters that affected their lives and common destiny.
    Those Arabs were winners. Winners of here and hereafter. We are losers. Losers of here and hereafter. Why? We are not walking into the footsteps of those winners.
    Do we want to walk into the footsteps of the winners? Do we?
    We shall all have to work hard to shed the slave mentality which keeps us slave of a political leader, political party, peers, ameers etc. etc. We shall all have to shed all our bad habits. Can we do it? Can we make upholding of “Justice” our topmost of habit? Can we?
    Upholding of “Justice” is to regard and respect the Creator as our Ruler.
    Upholding of “Justice” is to regard and respect the fellow human as a human like ourselves and wish for him/her the very same goodies as we wish for ourselves.
    The day we shall start upholding justice en masse and thus start coming together in our localities every now and then, that day will be the day of revolution. Peaceful Revolution.
    Do we want it? We all have to sell it i.e. propagate this wonderful idea to fellow citizens and then come out to work for it. Work for it en masse. There is no utterly other way to achieve liberation from slavery. Slavery of man over men. The choice is ours i.e. that of every soul. If we want liberation from slavery, we have no other option than to come out to work for it. Peacefully, intelligently using all the wisdom we ca extract from the “Book of Wisdom”.Recommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:24PM

    where do common citizens factor into this; they get shot,pushed around,blackmailed,threatened and off course ransom money is demanded from them

    Citizens have to get up and say “Enough is Enough”Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Noora Kushti of MQM PPP and ANP in its next round. This wrestling will never end all of us will watch it forever. These parties have proved that corrupt politicians are together to loot people. They are really calling for a bloody revolution.Recommend

  • Obsever
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:22AM

    It is ironical MQM is giving a deadline. The very culture of extortion was introduced by the MQM. So a demand from the patrons of extortion beggars belief. Recommend

  • Bahrain Islamic Revolution...
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:40AM

    dont worry……….IMAM MEHDI A.S have to come…..we are waiting to finish Israel…these parties are peanuts….in quran ALlah Subhantala said ” house of spider is the weakest house ”
    surah Ankaboot…..

    just bring your hopes high…Recommend

  • Ihk
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Wow! Pot calling the kettle black…Recommend

  • moise
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:59AM

    30 arrested but no names or cases can be shown. Maybe this lie work 20 years ago not sure we are so gullible now.Recommend

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