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MQM considering quitting Sindh Government, support to Musharraf regime

The Rabta Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which met in London on Saturday, is reportedly considering the option of quitting the Sindh Government and its association with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Quami) at the Centre.

London/Karachi, May 20 : The Rabta Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which met in London on Saturday, is reportedly considering the option of quitting the Sindh Government and its association with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Quami) at the Centre.

Sources were quoted by the Dawn and The News as saying that Saturday's meeting lasted for 11 hours with Rabta Committee Convener Imran Farooq in the chair.

Before the meeting, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had a detailed discussion with the Rabta Committee and reviewed the situation arising out of the May 12 Karachi violence.

The committee meeting will continue today as well.

Earlier, the Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishratul Ibad, met Hussain to discuss the future course of action in the province.

Azizabadi, a spokesman for the MQM International Headquarters, said that a press release would be issued after the meeting.

In Karachi, a case was lodged by an advocate of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) against the Government of Sindh, police officers and MQM office bearers with the City Courts Police Station in connection with the May 12 incidents.

The police officer in charge of the areas where the riots occurred, however, quashed the case a few hours after its registration, claiming that no incident had occurred in the jurisdiction of his police station and the complainant did not have sufficient evidence to substantiate his complaint.

Inspector Zahid Hussain, said that an FIR 53/07 was registered in compliance with the orders of the Additional District and Sessions Judge-II, South.

The complainant nominated the Sindh Government, police officers and MQM office-bearers in the FIR, complaining that the accused had detained the lawyers in the bar room, fired on them and set fire to the bar room.

Hussain said that the lawyers had come to the police station on May 16 and made an entry in the diary against unknown terrorists. However, he added that afterwards he himself also made the entry in which he had written that no such incident had occurred within the jurisdiction of his police station.

Had any such incident occurred, the media would have covered it, and the lawyers might have sustained injuries in the firing, he added.

Hussain questioned that when he was not present in the police station, as was being claimed by the complainant, how could the entry have been made in the diary. He said that he had the powers to quash the case under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for lack of evidence or if the information provided by the complainant was baseless.

The court order was issued on an application filed by Naeem Qureshi, General Secretary of the Karachi Bar Association.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan has described the May 12 killings in Karachi as state terrorism and held the Sindh Government responsible for it.

Talking to newsmen at the residence of provincial party chief Syed Shahi on Saturday, Khan said that innocent people were killed under the supervision of the Pakistani Rangers and the police.

He said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement wanted to give the impression that Karachi belonged to it only.

He demanded that the Sindh government be removed.

The general body meeting of the Punjab Bar Council also condemned the May 12 Karachi killings. It demanded that the MQM be banned and declared a terrorist outfit.

The meeting also warned that any member who would associate himself/herself with the MQM could lose membership of the council.

It also decided that all PbBC members would go to Sahiwal to show solidarity with lawyers who were burnt due to police torture during a torch-bearing rally on May 4. The schedule of the visit will be announced later.

Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim, expressing satisfaction on the progress towards achieving peace in the city after May 12 incidents, has said that the credit for this goes to the citizens of Karachi and the Government.

Replying to questions of journalists after a book launching ceremony at the Arts Council Karachi, Rahim said the enquiry into the May 12 incidents would not be biased, but it will also identify those responsible for starting the firing.

There is no restriction on lodging of a case by heirs of victims of May 12, he said.

"Altaf Hussain has not done anything wrong and there is no excuse based on which the British Government could initiate any action against him," Rahim said in reply to a question.


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