Violence grips Sindh after PPP leader`s remarks
Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 23:45
Karachi: Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, including its capital Karachi, plunged into fresh violence, leaving at least 15 people dead and 21 injured, after senior minister Zulfikar Mirza of PPP made disparaging remarks against the MQM and its leader Altaf Hussain.

The violent protests and disturbances started late last night soon after television channels aired remarks by a senior minister of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, Zulfiqar Mirza.

Police and rescue officials said that 15 people were killed and 21 injured in incidents of firing in many parts of the city. Protesters also set ablaze some 40 vehicles, including 10 buses at one terminal in Sakhi Hasan.

At a gathering last night, Mirza targetted Hussain, unleashing yet another rant against him - this time taking it up a notch by referring to the leader of a breakaway MQM-Haqiqi as "the true leader of muhajirs".

Mirza said: "This province was here for centuries before you (Urdu-speaking migrants or muhajirs) came to this city hungry and naked."

"If (MQM-Haqiqi leader) Afaq Ahmed is a criminal, then (MQM leader) Altaf Hussain is 100-times a bigger criminal," bellowed Mirza.

He also described Altaf Hussain as a terrorist and killer and appealed to the people to get rid of the "Kambakht".

"Afaq is the second-biggest political prisoner in Pakistan after President Asif Ali Zardari," he said. He accused MQM of trying to divide Sindh. "You will divide Sindh over my dead body," Mirza said at a dinner hosted by Awami National Party (ANP) leader Shahi Syed, a staunch rival of the MQM.


First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 23:45

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