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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mirza resolute on statement against MQM

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza firmly said on Saturday that he would not withdraw his statement against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) which he blamed for having involved in Karachi target killing.

Mirza, while addressing a gathering of traders a week ago, said 26 of 60 target killers arrested in Karachi were found associated with PPP-led government’s ally in Sindh, the MQM. In the response, MQM gave 10-days’ ultimatum to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party government to explain Mirza’s allegations.

Talking to newsmen in party media cell here, the minister said “I have not issued the statement secretly, but spoke on the media… our party leadership is well informed, knows everything what I said,” he told reporters, and referring to MQM, added that “if someone wishes to present recordings to the President, it is allowed to do so.”

To a query, he said he enjoyed full support by the party leadership. “I’m a non-entity without Peoples’ Party, it has taught me to speak truth and since it has been supporting me, and will continue to support in future as well.”

About those arrested on the charges of target killings, he said challans of the accused had been presented in the courts. “They are going through the process,” he replied.

Responding to his fresh views, the MQM leadership said on Saturday that a delegation of the party, led by Dr Farooq Sattar, would meet Present Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ‘to convey their concerns’ on the issue.

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