Ruckus in Sindh Assem­bly as MQM protests killing of worker

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) work­ers on Mon­day protested in the Sindh Assem­bly against the killing of party ac­tivist Muham­mad Hashim.

Over a dozen MQM law­mak­ers stood be­fore Sindh Assem­bly Speaker Agha Si­raj Dur­rani hold­ing pho­to­graphs of the de­ceased, shout­ing slo­gans. Chief Min­is­ter Qaim Ali Shah was present in the Assem­bly and looked to his party of­fi­cials to re­solve the mat­ter.

Dur­rani said that if the slo­ga­neer­ing does not end, he will have no choice but to ad­journ the ses­sion. PPP's Nisar Khuhro also ap­pealed to the protest­ing MQM MNAs to take their seats, but to no avail. As PPP law­mak­ers stood from the benches to ap­proach the protest­ing MNAs, a mi­nor scuf­fle broke out.

Early on Mon­day, MQM called for a shut­ter-down strike in Karachi to be ob­served over the killing of MQM worker Muham­mad Hashim but with­drew the strike call af­ter as­sur­ances by the Sindh Rangers to probe the mur­der of the ac­tivist.

MQM MPA Azeem Fa­rooqui while speak­ing to the press out­side the Sindh Assem­bly called for the ar­rest of Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Qaim Ali Shah.

He said MQM ac­tivist Muham­mad Hashim was "kid­napped or ar­rested" out­side party head­quar­ters Nine Zero three months ago. "We filed a pe­ti­tion and kept look­ing for him, but did not find him," he said, adding that the worker's body had been found dumped near a Loni Kot po­lice sta­tion.

"When I tried to bring the mat­ter up in the Sindh Assem­bly, the Speaker did not give me per­mis­sion to speak," he said, adding, "So tell me where we should go to bring up this is­sue." "It is not just about Hashim," he con­tin­ued, "130 of our work­ers are miss­ing, more than 700 are in jails and thou­sands have been mur­dered." "We are thank­ful to the DG Rangers for say­ing Hashim's mur­derer would be ar­rested," Fa­rooqui said, re­fer­ring to the Rangers' as­sur­ances to probe the MQM ac­tivist's mur­der.

"The cap­tain of this en­tire op­er­a­tion is a mur­derer," he said, adding that "The CM should be ar­rested im­me­di­ately, be­cause he did not hear us out ... There should be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter and cases should be filed against these peo­ple." "When we try to raise our voices, they quote the law at us. Where was the law when we were pick­ing up the bod­ies of our work­ers?" he asked. "When we pre­sented the res­o­lu­tion against Zar­dari, he got up and left. Now all of the PPP's se­crets will come out," he said.

MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan called for the Rangers to be granted the same pow­ers in the province of Sindh that they have been given in Karachi. He said the Rangers would, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau and the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency, erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism and cor­rup­tion in the en­tire province.

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