Trouble between PPP, MQM over Karachi killings

Last Updated: Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 23:21

Karachi: Pakistan`s ruling PPP is facing a
tricky situation in the Sindh province where lawmakers of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a coalition partner, have voiced
their desire to sit on the opposition benches over the issue
of "targeted killings" of their party activists.

Trouble has been brewing between the Pakistan Peoples
Party led Sindh government and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement,
which is a coalition partner in central and Sindh government
for weeks now with target killings in Karachi the flashpoint.

The MQM claims that around 20 of its workers have been
shot dead this week in target killings in Karachi by elements
patronised by some senior leaders of provincial government.

"The provincial government is doing absolutely nothing to
stop this and we have pleaded several times with them to stop
this violence against our workers," MQM senior leader, Haider
Abbas Rizvi told.

MQM provincial legislators on Saturday issued a statement
asking its party coordination (Raabta) committee that they
should be allowed to sit in the Opposition over the
irresponsible attitude of the Sindh Government.

MQM parliamentarians said that an important figure of the
federal government was repeatedly informed about the
irresponsible attitude of the Sindh government.

However, it is regretted that the federal government had
failed to take any concrete step in this regard.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 23:21
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