ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday walked out from the National Assembly session to protest the recent incidents of violence in Karachi.
MQM leader Sajid Ahmed accused Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and senior provincial minister Zulfiqar Mirza for the violence in Karachi.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said peace in Karachi was necessary for the stability of the country.
Gilani condemned the incident in Malir and said an investigation will be conducted into the killings.
Speaking to the media outside the assembly, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi blamed the government for violence in Karachi and demanded that the killings be stopped immediately.
Anjum Aqeel produced in the assembly
PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel also appeared in the National Assembly on production orders issued by the speaker of the lower house.
Addressing members of the National Assembly, the MNA pleaded that he was being politically victimised. He said he has been arrested in a case which was dismissed one and a half years ago.
Aqeel pointed out that he had been detained with hardened criminals and demanded that a parliamentary committee be formed to investigate his case.
The assembly session has been adjourned for an indefinite period.
Raza Haroon nominated for Sindh Assembly Opposition leader slot
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has nominated Raza Haroon as the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly.
Haroon’s nomination was finalised during a meeting of the MQM’s parliamentary party meeting in at the provincial assembly. MQM coordination committee members were also present in the meeting.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Haroon said the MQM will play the role of a positive opposition in the assembly.
He condemned the Malir incident and said criminals had been allowed to take innocent lives and capture areas.
The MQM leader said party workers and supporters were being targeted in such incidents.