Qaim com­ments on May 12 riots cre­ate up­roar in As­sem­bly

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OB­SERVER RE­PORT KARACHI—The com­ments by Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Qaim Ali Shah on Satur­day dur­ing his speech in the Sindh As­sem­bly that he was aware of those be­hind the May 12, 2007 riots in Karachi, cre­ated up­roar in the As­sem­bly as var­i­ous Op­po­si­tion mem­bers be­gan to raise hue and cry over his re­marks.

Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment Mem­ber of Provincial As­sem­bly Mo­ham­mad Hus­sain rose from his seat af­ter Qaim Ali Shah com­mented upon the May 12 un­rest and be­gan to ar­gue vo­cif­er­ously. The CM told Hus­sain to ‘calm down’ adding that he did not name him in par­tic­u­lar.

Later, other Op­po­si­tion mem­bers also be­gan to raise their voices against Shah’s re­marks, cre­at­ing ruckus in the as­sem­bly.

Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf mem­bers re­acted upon Qaim Ali Shah’s com­ments stat­ing that if the Chief Min­is­ter was aware of the cul­prits re­spon­si­ble for the vi­o­lence that took place on May 12, 2007, then he should in­form the pub­lic that why no ac­tion was taken against them.

Speaker Sindh As­sem­bly Agha Si­raj Dur­rani tried to pacify the ag­i­tated MQM MPAs. Qaim Ali Shah stated that grant for uni­ver­si­ties was awarded by the gover­nor but now the gov­ern­ment has to take care of that as well.

The chief min­is­ter said that the provincial gov­ern­ment was al­lot­ting plots to the de­serv­ing at Hawke’s Bay.

Sign boards be­ing re­moved from road side or­ders of Supreme Court in Gul­shan-e-Iqbal.—PO Photo

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