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MQM leaders for parting ways with Sindh govt

Imtiaz Ali & Fasahat Mohiudin

KARACHI: Three members of the MQM Rabita Committee have demanded of the committee to part ways with the Sindh government over the recent provocative statement given by Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza.

In a statement issued from London, the Rabita Committee members, Mohammad Anwar, Advocate Anis and Mohammad Ashfaque, said statements of Mirza were becoming intolerable. The committee members said Mirza was a supporter of the PeopleÂ’s Aman Committee (PAC) terrorists.

The committee members said Mirza’s support to terrorists was ample proof that “he is directly involved in the Shershah Junk Market attack”. Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony in connection with the 7th death anniversary of former MPA Abdullah Murad Baloch in Malir, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza said the PeopleÂ’s Aman Committee (PAC) was a subsidiary of the PPP.

He said those who strived for rights were declared criminals. He said the whole PAC could not be declared a ‘bad’ thing because of the activities of some of its members. He said as a human being, everyone committed mistakes and ‘we all are human beings, nobody is an angel’. “If all PAC members are criminals, home minister (Mirza) is also criminal,” he added.

Mirza, who is also the PPP Sindh vice president, called the PAC members ‘our children’ and soldiers of the PPP. The home minister announced that all ‘fake’ cases lodged by the past regimes would be reviewed. He urged mothers and widows to come forward as he promised that the government would provide justice to them over the killing of their sons and husbands. Mirza said the PPP was a party of martyrs, adding: “We are trustees of the party, which belongs to Bilawal Bhutto. We will hand over the PPP to Bilawal in a better shape.”

The home minister said he believed that former Sindh Assembly legislator Abdullah Murad Baloch was assassinated for raising voice for the rights. He said the people had the right to hold ministers accountable because they were elected by the masses.

As MQM expressed its strong reservations against Mirza’s speech, ostensibly, in a damage control exercise, the home minister told a private TV channel that the PPP would support only peaceful members of the PAC. Mirza said he did not support the suspects involved in the Shershah Junk Market killings who allegedly belonged to the PAC. The home minister in a reference to release of the accused in the Shershah carnage case said: “We could not be held accountable if the accused were released by the courts”.

He said the police’s responsibility was to arrest the suspects and present them before the courts. Zulfiqar Mirza told the TV channel that fake cases were even registered against President Asif Zardari, slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and he himself. He regretted that the MQM demonstrated ‘non-serious’ attitude over his speech. He lamented that in a fit of anger, the MQM had termed him as don.

Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, addressing the ceremony, said the PPP-led government would complete its tenure. He regretted that Malir was ignored by the past regimes, but the PPP would bring it at par with Defence and Clifton.
Source: The News
Date:3/7/2011