KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced that they will observe a nationwide day of mourning over the alleged custodial deaths of their workers Faraz Alam and Nadeem Ahmed on Sunday, Express News reported.
MQM Rabita Committee in a press conference on Saturday said that the party will protest in Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
The party has requested traders and shopkeepers to shutter down their businesses on Sunday. They have further urged transporters to suspend their services for the day as well.
MQM Chief Altaf Hussain also endorsed the committee’s call. He said that under the garb of operation, members of MQM were being subjected to state excesses.
Hussain said that instead of presenting arrested MQM workers in courts to be tried for their crimes, they 'disappeared' from custody and tortured before being killed extra-judicially.
He urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to take notice of these murders.
Later on Saturday night, MQM workers started gathering outside the Chief Minister House in Karachi to stage a protest.
Speaking to Express News outside the CM House, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that they want the Chief Justice of Pakistan to launch a probe into the custodial killings of their workers.
Earlier on Saturday, after news broke of Alam's death, stores in some localities were closed.
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