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Altaf seeks military intervention over MQM workers' killing

10 February, 2014

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KARACHI/LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, Sunday, called upon the country's civil and military leadership to intervene to stop extra-judicial murder of party workers.

Addressing a press conference on telephone from London, Altaf Hussain said that MQM's workers were being arrested and subjected to a third-degree torture.

"I am begging army chief Raheel Sharif and ISI chief General Zaheer Islam to play their role for national security," he said.

"The mohajirs are not traitors, they are patriotic Pakistanis. Force was used against mohajirs in every government," he said.

The ongoing targeted operation in Karachi has been diverted against MQM and mohajirs, he said. MQM Chief claimed that police, rangers and other law enforcing institutions are involved in killing party workers. Police cannot torture party workers without consent of Sindh government, he added.

He alleged that the former president Asif Ali Zardari didn't respond upon contacting repeatedly. "Why didn't Asif Zardari take notice", he complained.

State institutions are subjecting MQM workers to the 'third degree' torture, he said while pleading the chief justice to take notice of extrajudicial killings of party workers.

"Our ancestors sacrificed their lives for Pakistan; people who migrated to Pakistan are patriots and not traitors," he said.

"We are being treated like enemies. Brigadier Imtiaz should be asked who hatched the conspiracy of Jinnahpur," he questioned. He urged the army chief to form a military commission in this regard. "We are not Indian agents; we are agents of Pakistan," he said.

The MQM leader also urged Chief Justice Tassadaq Jillani to take notice of extra-judicial killings of party workers.

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