MQM takes back strike call af­ter Rangers' as­sur­ance of probe

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) on Mon­day with­drew its call for a shut­ter down strike to be ob­served across Sindh on Mon­day over what the party re­ferred to as the 'ex­tra-ju­di­cial killing' of a young party worker, Muham­mad Hashim.

The strike call was with­drawn af­ter as­sur­ances by the Sindh Rangers to probe the mur­der of the ac­tivist, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

The Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee re­viewed the party's de­ci­sion call­ing for a strike dur­ing an emer­gency meet­ing held af­ter the Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral Rangers Ma­jor Gen­eral Bi­lal Ak­bar had said Hashim's killing would be in­ves­ti­gated.

"The mur­der of Hashim will be in­ves­ti­gated and his mur­der­ers will be ap­pre­hended wher­ever they [are] hid­ing. His mur­der is a con­spir­acy against the peace of the city," said the DG Rangers, ac­cord­ing to a Rangers spokesman. The Rangers spokesman said, "There will be no strike to­mor­row." He added that while the mur­der was "re­gret­table", "re­sort­ing to [a] strike was equal to af­fect­ing the city life."

"No one will be al­lowed to paral­yse city life," vowed the paramil­i­tary force, urg­ing cit­i­zens to con­tact the Rangers' helpline if they wit­nessed shops and busi­nesses be­ing forcibly shut.

The Rangers' state­ment fol­lowed a press con­fer­ence by MQM leader Ab­dul Haseeb who said that Hashim - a mem­ber of the MQM media cell and Unit 164 Li­aquatabad - had been ar­rested and taken to an un­known lo­ca­tion while he on his way home from Nine Zero on May 6.

Haseeb had said Hashim's fam­ily had filed a pe­ti­tion in the Sindh High Court (SHC) for his re­cov­ery, upon which a First In­for­ma­tion Re­port was reg­is­tered on July 28 on the or­ders of the court.

Hashim's body was found in Jamshoro late Sun­day night, three months af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance. Haseeb said his body had al­ready been buried by Edhi.

The MQM leader also claimed that since Dec 31, 2014, 20 work­ers of the party had dis­ap­peared, while 35 have been killed ex­tra-ju­di­cially. MQM Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber Wasay Jalil an­nounced a peace­ful strike in Karachi, and urged busi­ness­men and trans­port com­pany own­ers to "show sol­i­dar­ity" with the party's call for a strike.

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