Despite the graffiti and banners in the city, the Sindh government claimed that the Islamic State's network was not present in Karachi. "We have investigated this and have come to the conclusion that no militant group called ISIS is present in Karachi or other districts of the province," said the minister for parliamentary affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro while responding to a call-attention notice moved by the MQM's Kamran Akhtar.
The MQM MPA had claimed that a militant organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was rapidly growing in Pakistan, especially Sindh. He said that militants working with various Taliban groups were now joining the ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He asked what measures the government was going to take if they were in fact present in Karachi.
Before the PTI jalsa scheduled for November 21, the Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning derogatory remarks made by PTI chief Imran Khan against the people of Sindh. Murad Ali Shah presented a resolution saluting the strength and resilience of Aansoo Kolhi from Umerkot who despite her disability was working towards providing young children in her area with education.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2014.
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