Karachi: Violence erupted in different
parts of Pakistan`s financial hub Karachi on Monday, after a key
leader of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was killed in one
of the city`s busiest roads.
Armed men forced shopkeepers, petrol pumps and other
businesses to shut down in many parts of the city, where at
two people were killed and some vehicles torched during the
Farooq Baig, a member of the MQM central organising
committee, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Shah Faisal
His assassination came at a time when central MQM
leaders were calling on the Prime Minister in Islamabad to
discuss the rejoining of MQM in the federal cabinet.
Earlier, the MQM had stepped down from the federal
cabinet to protest the failure of the provincial government to
stop target killings in Karachi in which the MQM claims many
of its leaders have been killed.
The MQM is a key coalition partner of the ruling
Pakistan People’s Party in the Sindh province and centre.
Baig`s killing came a day after the MQM observed a day
of mourning for one of their leader Liaquat Qureshi, who was
also shot dead on Saturday near Maskan Chowrangi in