The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to no longer protest the raid near the house of its senior leader, Dr Farooq Sattar, in PIB Colony on Monday, when a 'notorious' target killer and an extortionist were arrested.
The party clarified that they decided to end their protest after its chief's recent policy statement. On Saturday night, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had said that every issue should be resolved through discussions and dialogues. Protests, demonstrations and long marches should be avoided, he had advised.
"Consultations and discussions are underway among party leaders on how to take up this issue further but so far we have planned no sit-ins or demonstrations," confirmed MQM Rabita Committee member Aminul Haque.
The Rangers had carried out a search operation and raids early on Monday near Dr Sattar's residence in PIB Colony. The officials had arrested two men from the neighbourhood as the party claimed that the Rangers had ransacked his private security camp. Following the raid, the MQM held a press conference at Karachi Press Club, where several party activists held a demonstration against the paramilitary force as well.
The party does not, however, plan to further any more protests, said Haque. Innocent workers of the MQM are being labelled as targeted killers and extortionists just like in the PIB raid, he added. "As a peaceful democratic party, we will take all means we can to condemn it."
The MQM leader said that they were ready for talks with anyone, be it the Rangers or any political party, to improve the situation in the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2014.
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