Sunday, April 27, 2008

MQM-H demands inquiry into Landhi killings

KARACHI, April 22: The women wing of Muhajir Quami Movement (Haqiqi) has demanded an impartial inquiry into the Landhi killings to determine who committed the crime.

Two workers reportedly belonging to the Muttahida Quami Movement were killed and another two were injured when unidentified armed men opened fire on them in Landhi on April 19. The Muttahida blamed MQM-Haqiqi workers for the killings and lodged an FIR against them.

Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday afternoon, the MQM-Haqiqi women wing in charge, Rida Asim, condemned the killings of what she described as two Muhajir youths in Landhi and observed that the Muttahida had hatched a conspiracy to prevent Haqiqi leaders and workers from returning to their respective areas.

She condemned the implication of her party workers in the killing and said the incident was the continuity of the May 12 mayhem.

Ms Asim said that Haqiqi women workers were subjected to torture when they were demonstrating outside the KPC on March 12, while a number of their workers were kidnapped and later killed.

She blamed Muttahida leaders and a policeman for the violence and killings and demanded the authorities concerned to arrest them.

She demanded the authorities concerned to launch a transparent inquiry into the Nishtar Park tragedy, May 12 mayhem, Tahir Plaza fire besides holding a high-level probe into the killings of political leaders and workers during the last few years.

She urged the Sindh government to allow MQM-Haqiqi to play its democratic role in the political process like other political parties.

The Haqiqi women workers did not leave the press club for at least three hours after holding the press conference as they said they felt that their lives were in danger.

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