“The prime minister, the chief justice, and the chief of the army staff should intervene and stop the political victimization the government of Sindh has subjected the MQM to, before it is too late,” the MQM Coordination Committee told reporters at party headquarters Nine Zero here.
Talking to media, the party spokesperson Qamar Mansoor said that the party wanted to know as to what was stopping the government from forming a commission comprising jurists to look into the brutalities of Karachi police and paramilitary troops Rangers.
“Some officials of the law enforcement agencies have gone rogue. If they are doing their job within the parameters of law then they should produce the suspected wrongdoers, if any, before the court instead of shooting them dead after breaking all their bones,” a concerned Mansoor said.
He minced no words when he said that the PPP’s provincial government, which he alleged was shepherding those black sheep was indeed pseudo-democratic.
“Some plainclothesmen are running gangs for doing the dirty biddings of their political shot-callers,” the MQM leader said adding,” The MQM workers are in the cross-hairs of these outlaw cop’s service as well as non-service guns.”
Mansoor also announced that MQM had decided to observe a Sindh-wide ‘day of mourning’ on Thursday to peacefully protest against the extrajudicial killing of the MQM’s Unit-64 Society Sector worker Sohail Ahmed.
“We appeal to the people, transporters and traders to close their activities and businesses tomorrow,” the MQM leader said.
Giving details on how Ahmed was killed, Mansoor said that on December 15, 2014 a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) local leader, Saeed Chawla, who was flanked by goons and plainclothesmen of police, held an open-house meeting in Bahadurabad area of the metropolis.
“Sohail Ahmed, who was also present on the occasion, raised various questions regarding Sindh government performance for which he was forced to be quiet and PPP’s threatened him dire consequences,” the party spokesperson Qamar Mansoor said.
According to the MQM, on the same night Ahmed was arbitrarily arrested by the police and on January 28, 2015 he was found dead in Maowach Goth.
“The MQM kept asking about the whereabouts of Ahmed by police and Rangers but to no avail.
In the next breadth, the MQM spokesperson alleged that despite presenting him before the court of law, the police killed him extra-judicially.
PPP’s Chawala, 63, has denied all the allegations.
“I have never met Sohail Ahmed in my whole life. The MQM’s allegations were nothing but a bunch of lies,” Chawala told Samaa.
Mansoor said that such malicious tactics would never be able to dent the MQM’s determination, adding Ahmed’s blood would not go to waste.
“We demand of the authorities to immediately arrest the PPP’s leaders, police and Rangers officials involved in the incident,” the party said.
The MQM’s London-based chief Altaf Hussain has endorsed the Coordination Committee’s decision for the shutter down strike across the Sindh.
In a statement issued form London secretariat, Hussain strongly condemned Ahmed’s murder after being arrested by plain-clothed police personnel.
Hussain said that 36 of his party’s workers including Sohail Ahmed had been murdered extrajudicial in recent past, which was highly condemnable.