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Monday, December 13, 2010

Karachi: 26 out of 60 held target killers belong to Karachi's largest political party: Zulfiqar Mirza

KARACHI, Dec 13 : Home Minister Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Mirza on Monday blamed all the political parties for creating unrest and target killing in Karachi and claimed to have arrested around 60 target killers saying that 26 target killers among the detainees belonged to the largest political party of the city.

"All the political parties including MQM Haqiqi, ANP, Sunni Tehrik (ST)) and others were involved in target killing in Karachi," Zulfiqar Mirza said.

Addressing a ceremony held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry here wherein members of business community were present, Zulfiqar Mirza said it is easy to say that foreign hand was involved in violent activities and target killing in the mega city, but difficult to explain the facts.

"Dr Imran Farooq, MQM leader, was killed in England but shops, trade activities and ransacking of markets was carried out in Karachi which is extremely astonishing," Dr Zulfiqar Mirza remarked and said that Pashtoons, Balochs, Punjabis and Sindhis were being target killed in great number in Karachi. If people of these nationalities join hands together and burst in
revenge then innocent Urdu speakers will be killed, he added.

Dr Zulfiqar urged members of the business community to contribute and help the government which due to meager resources could not equip police force with latest equipment.

"Paying Zakat to a man having bear didn't mean that you are fulfilling the Islamic injunctions," the Sindh Home Minister said and added that business community of Karachi extend big chunk of financial support to Taliban and other banned organizations who were trying to bring the country at the verge of bankruptcy and lawlessness.

He also claimed to have arrested around 60 target killers and all of them have links with all the political parties present in Karachi."26 target killers were belonging to the largest political party of Karachi who were involved in target killing, money extortion and other heinous crimes," Zulfiqar elaborated.

Soon after the speech of the Sindh Home Minister, which sparked tension among political parties, meeting of MQM Coordination Committee was held at Nine-Zero. The meeting took strong exception to the aggressive statement of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza and decided to inform President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani about it.

In his reaction, the leader of Sunni Tehrik said that the Sindh Home Minister was just making speeches and claims without initiating any practical steps. He also urged the government to give severe punishment to the criminal involved in the incidents of target killings.

Reacting to the speech of Zulfiqar, ANP leader Shahi Syed said that his party as been urging the government to launch impartial cleanup operation from 12th of May. "We want to restore law and order in the mega city once for all", he vowed.

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