HRCP demands probe into killings of MQM workers
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has noted with serious concern that while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) continues to voice concerns about abduction, torture and extra-judicial killings of its workers, steps have not been taken to investigate the charges.
In a statement on Monday, HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said: “The commission has learned that bodies of two MQM workers were found in the Korangi area late last week. Both men had been missing for over a month and their bodies showed torture marks.”
Continuing, she said: “The MQM has repeatedly complained in recent weeks that its workers and activists are being picked up, tortured and killed amid ongoing security operation in Karachi and pointed the finger at the law-enforcement agencies,” she said.
“The commission thinks that these are very serious charges which must be investigated without any delay,” she added.
She further stated that everyone, who calls Karachi his or her home, and indeed all citizens of Pakistan, have a stake in peace returning to Karachi.”
“Towards that end, the launch of the operation to rid Karachi of widespread violence had been generally well received,” she said and demanded that all attempts by police and other law-enforcement agencies to restore peace in the city must strictly adhere to the law and human rights”.
The HRCP chairperson also called upon the federal and provincial governments to immediately hold an inquiry to investigate the MQM complaints to the satisfaction of the MQM and of the victims’ families.