KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday rejected police claims that their party was involved in the murder of senior lawyer Advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa, calling it a conspiracy against the party.
In a statement issued by the party's Rabita Committee hours after AIG Shahid Hayat's press conference in Karachi, the party challenged police's claim that MQM activist Kazim Abbas Rizvi was picked up on Monday night.
"He has been in police custody for the last few days and was arrested on September 27 from his house. The whole neighborhood is a witness to that."
The statement called it a 'well thought-out conspiracy'.
"It clearly shows that MQM rivals have started a media trial of the party. It is a well thought-out conspiracy against the popular party of the millions."
The Raabta Committee said the party supported the operation for the restoration of peace, but would not stand for conspiracies.
"MQM had always supported measures taken by the government for the restoration of peace in Karachi. The party would continue to support such measures. However, this kind of whispering campaign against a popular party would not be tolerated."
Demand to form operation monitoring committee
In light of the raid on the party's Landhi office, MQM called on the Prime Minister and Federal Interior Minister for the formation of a representative committee that will monitor the targeted operations taking place in the city.
The statement added that unless charges were proven, one could not be held responsible for murder.
"It is outrageous a person should be declared a criminal on the basis of accusations."
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