KARACHI: Claiming to be a victim of ‘media trial’ following the surfacing of a Joint Investigation (JIT) report, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is demanding a probe into the murders of its workers on May 12, 2007,
“We know what crimes the MQM is being persecuted for. Unfortunately, they are patriotism and law-abidance. This ongoing character assassination, extrajudicial arrests, and media trials are only aimed at checking us from becoming the largest political party in Pakistan,” senior party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi told reporters Sunday.
Rizvi unleashed a counterblast live during an emergent midnight press conference held here by the MQM Coordination Committee at ‘Nine Zero’, the party’s headquarter in Karachi.
“We reject the JIT report as a malicious concoction. They are trying to pin Baldia Town factory fire on MQM through a media trial, which is bound to come to nothing as such conspiracies always had in the past,” Rizvi said adding, “The MQM will not knuckle under this strident blackjacking.”
Making the most of the occasion, the MQM leader also gave a broadside to Jamat-e-Islami for its alleged nexus with the extremist militant organizations in the country and overseas.
“Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and JI are thick as thieves. JI is directly hooked up with these militant groups. And for your information, Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11 attacks in US, was collared from the house of JI’s Rawalpindi Naib Nazima (senior female office bearer),” a fire breathing Rizvi said without mincing his words.
Turning his guns to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Rizvi alleged that cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan led party’s Islamabad sit-in had become notorious for eve teasing.
“There are scores of reported cases involving blatant harassment of women at the PTI’s Dharna (sit-in),” Rizvi claimed.
Earlier, the MQM leader, Amir Khan, set the tone of the presser with some disclosures about the May 12, 2007 tragedy in which dozens of people were killed in riots that broke out on the arrival of former chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, during lawyers’ movement for his reinstatement.
“One of our associates, Rafique Rajput, is now being portrayed as the perpetrator of the carnage the victims of which were our own workers –that too, after seven long years. All we can say is that it’s a part of the same anti-MQM cabal that they have set in motion by launching the false JIT report, “Khan said.
If the MQM had mischief on its mind on that day then it would not have staged a ‘pro Iftikhar Chaudhry rally’ –like other political parties had– with women and children among its participants, the MQM leader said.
“We want the murderers of the MQM workers, who were killed on May 11, 2007, unmasked once and for all,” Khan said adding,” The MQM fell prey to a conspiracy of grave proportions on that ominous day.”