MQM says ‘political forces’ behind killings

Published: October 15, 2010
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Farooq Sattar said that the Lyari gangs have the support of the Sindh government.

Farooq Sattar said that the Lyari gangs have the support of the Sindh government.

KARACHI: 

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said on Thursday that “criminals backed by political forces ruling in Sindh” are behind the latest spate of target killings of its leaders and workers in Karachi.

At a news conference here, MQM parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar made some half-implicit references suggesting that gangs allegedly controlled by a top leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) were attacking the group. The MQM has sought action against them.

“According to information available to us, one of the notorious groups of the Lyari gang war is involved in the abduction and killing of MQM workers and it enjoys complete backing of some important functionaries in the government of Sindh,” said Sattar.

Though Sattar stopped short of naming any person, reports circulating among journalists alluded to a few incidents in which workers from the Awami National Party  had allegedly targeted some MQM leaders.

The documents were based on the reports of fact-finding committees the party had formed to probe recent killings of workers in different parts of Karachi. Over the last 48 hours, five MQM workers have been killed in the city, according to Sattar. The MQM leader called upon the country’s leadership — the president and the prime minister — to take stern action against the killers.

He, however, appealed to party workers not to lose their patience and stay composed. “The killings are neither ethnic nor sectarian, but purely selective and one-sided – of MQM workers,” he said.

Sattar said the party had lost five workers after submitting a bill in the National Assembly seeking land reforms. The MQM bill proposed that each family should be allowed to own a maximum of 30 acres of irrigated or 54 acres of arid land.

Sattar said more than 200 workers of the MQM had fallen victim to incidents of target killings and terrorism since January 2009, including member of provincial assembly Syed Raza Haider. Sadly, not a single murderer has been arrested, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Ali Azad
    Oct 14, 2010 - 6:22PM

    Karachi is famous for its target killing, land grabbing & drug paddler. Police department always failed to curb the criminals despite numerous calls from MQM and other political parties.
    So who is responsible ? The Political Party who win with majority or the criminals in dens ?
    Please identify the real criminals & curb them before the innocent citizens of Karachi take arm in their hands to guard themselves & their properties from these land grabbers, paddlers & terrorists.
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  • Oct 14, 2010 - 9:45PM

    killing at karachi lyarey gang war really issues i ???????????????Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 14, 2010 - 10:30PM

    Dear Friend i myself is a baloch living in liyari it is true the liyaris gangster are challenging the writ of Govt in liyari they have created state within state it is been no go area for law enforcement agency to raid those criminals it is right some political element from sind govt supporting those thugs Uzair, babaladla ,etc they are all criminals roaming freely in karachi
    i wish there should be operation which should remove all these menses from our societyRecommend

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  • Oct 15, 2010 - 12:30AM

    i wish there should be operation which
    should remove all these menses from
    our society

    Menses ?Recommend

  • Aristo
    Oct 15, 2010 - 10:37AM

    @Khalid, like the rest of the common people of this country you are also waiting for a messiah to come and release you people of this misery. My friend this clean up you will have to start from your own self, your home and family to begin with. What if no messiah ever comes? will we spend our lives like animals.Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 15, 2010 - 10:53AM

    A vast operation need against liyaris gangstersRecommend

  • Talha
    Oct 15, 2010 - 11:03AM

    I wonder why it is MQM that bears losses everytime…are we borne to shed blood..hope this ends before we end!Recommend

  • Karachian
    Oct 15, 2010 - 1:05PM

    ( Farooq Sattar said that the Lyari gangs have the support of the Sindh government. ) .. your party is also ruling party Mr.sattar.Recommend

  • Ammad Hafeez
    Oct 15, 2010 - 4:31PM

    @Karachian Yeah, MQM is the ruling party. But the law and enforcement agencies are working under the Home Minister of Sindh Mr. Zulfiqar Mirza and he is responsible for the peace and prosperity of the City Karachi and Sindh. Why does Mirza not take any vital action against panicking elements ??Recommend

  • Oct 15, 2010 - 6:35PM

    Shahi Sed of ANP is crying out loud, that he has the option to boycott the elections or pick up arms and fight it out.

    BUT What does he want to fight out?

    I refer you to the election results of 2008 http://www2.ecp.gov.pk/vsite/ElectionResult/Search.aspx?constituency=PA&constituencyid=PS-94

    Now you can decide for yourself, who wants the elections to be postponed. Recommend

  • Oct 16, 2010 - 7:33PM

    Farooq Sattar said that the Lyari gangs have the support of the Sindh government. ) .. your party is also ruling party Mr.sattar YES Recommend

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