Abductions and killings: MQM announces day of mourning

Party asks traders and transporters to keep their businesses shut to support day of mourning.


Web Desk June 13, 2013
File photo of deputy convener MQM Rabita committee Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui addressing a press conference. PHOTO: MQM/FILE

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday announced a day of mourning tomorrow (Friday) to protest against the abductions and killings of its workers and supporters.

Speaking during a press conference, deputy convener MQM Rabita committee Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that their workers were either victims of targeted killings or were being attacked by those involved in the Lyari gang war.

He also claimed that security agencies and law enforcement personnel were involved in the abduction of their workers.

The committee also appealed to the traders and transporters to support their day of mourning by keeping their businesses shut and vehicles off the roads.

They said that the party had repeatedly appealed to the judiciary to take notice of these incidents, but no action had been taken, adding that they had the right to mourn when everyone was doing nothing but being a silent spectator.

The party had earlier called for a day of mourning on June 6 after three of its workers were kidnapped and killed by unidentified men.

Four MQM activists were reportedly kidnapped from Malir while on the way to their factory in Korangi Industrial Area. According to details, unidentified men intercepted their bus and took away Muhammad Farhan, 30, Mehtab, 26, Muhammad Tauseef, 24, and 23-year old Farhan Idrees. Later, bodies of three of them were found with their hands and legs tied up. The victims were shot multiple times in the head and neck.

COMMENTS (103)

Zia Syed | 8 years ago | Reply

@Aysha M: Thank you for your comment. I have posted detailed response to mrs Ahamad which address some of your concern on PTI as well. Hopeful ET would post it. For rest comments, here are my responses.

Karachi belongs to those who spend and bury their dead here, which means old and new sindhis, all else should restrict their activities to making a living, no political participation This is not a fair statement, resident of Karachi regardless of ethnicity, gender and political affiliation have the right to participate. No exceptions,

No PTI presence for Karachites when it is the garment factory tragedy or Abbas town, There were tons of similar incident happened in other part of Pakistan and MQM was never present but what does it prove? Such comments are pointless and waste of time.

we vote for people who have their feet on the street among the masses. This is exactly what I am debating about. Altaf Hussain is not on ground in Pakistan for 2 decades.

mrs ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply

@ashar: sorry could not get your point , even if MQM has gone weak true karachiites should rally around it , because if our solidarity and unity is diminished by voting for parties ans leaders who have no compassion for true karachiites , it will make us all the more looser , Time is to make right choices also our young folk be given to realize the facts , get qouta system lifted by PTI , karachi is yours , get urdu speaking vazir ala , which at the moment prohibited , it is amazing how people just stay mum about 85% manadate of karachi being kept out of running the GOVT, get us local body election and directly elected mayor

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