The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has condemned the assassination of Zahra Shahid Hussain, senior vice president of the Sindh chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in the upscale Defence neighbourhood of Karachi on Saturday night.
Speaking at a news conference in the wee hours of Sunday, MQM deputy convener said that while his party shared the grief of PTI, it was important to understand the motives of the gruesome murder and who were behind it.
“It’s yet to be confirmed whether this incident is a street crime or targeted killing,” he said, adding that the blame game at this stage would affect the investigations.
“It is unfortunate that PTI Chairman Imran Khan showed his political immaturity and blamed MQM chief Altaf Hussain for the murder,” he said and called upon the government to take notice of Imran Khan’s statement.
Dr Sattar said that Imran, by issuing such an irresponsible statement, denied them the opportunity to offer condolences to the bereaved family. No matter how much hatred Imran has for Altaf, he should have kept in mind the situation called for support from the MQM, he said. There is no different between Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI or even between the politics of the Taliban.
Dr Sattar said that Zahra Hussain murder could be a conspiracy to derail the democratic process in the country.
He said the MQM demands a judicial inquiry into the murder of Zahra Hussain and exemplary punishment for the killers.
Dr Sattar said that the MQM would file criminal and civil defamation lawsuits against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for character assassination of MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2013.
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