Karachi: MQM activist killed
KARACHI: Shakil Baloch (33), a Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) activist, was shot dead Tuesday by an unidentified assailant within the jurisdiction of Kharadar Police Station. Baloch was the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) sub-inspector and was on duty when murdered.
He was married and a resident of Gull Mohammad Line Street 12. According to SHO Hassan Haider, Baloch was also the unit in-charge of union council (UC) 10 Lyari and later became a member of the Lyari sector. “It cannot be said who the murderers were or why they killed Baloch,” he said.
Haider claimed that the complainant Ishaq Masih was an eyewitness and gave his statement to the police while sitting next to Baloch’s body in New Nihaam Road near the garbage dump.
According to Masih, Baloch had been taking the employee attendance when four unidentified men walked in. “The men opened fire on Baloch after a harsh dialogue and fled from the scene. I could not understand what was happening. I got scared when I heard the gun shot. The next thing I knew Baloch lay there surrounded with blood. I knew I had to call the police help line,” he said. The FIR number 4808 has been registered. “Further investigations are in progress,” Haider said.
Altaf wants to form government in center Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that if people vote for the MQM it will form the government in the center.
While addressing four different venues via telephone, including Aram Bagh near Burns road, Johar roundabout, Mehmoodabad and Manzoor colony, Hussain said, “If people vote for the MQM all across the country than we will change the fate of the country and ensure the elimination of the feudal system.” He also invited political and religious groups to come under one roof to ensure peaceful and fair elections on February 18.
Taking about the achievements of the MQM and its members, Hussain said that some political parties came into power more than once but did nothing for the people and their country. The MQM leadership has not only served those people who elected them but also areas like Lyari where they had no representation. “It was the effort of the MQM to provide water in Lyari and other areas which were impossible to reach. We feel proud of what we did.” Hussain also questioned the role of those parties who have promised economic stability and development. “They did nothing in the past in spite of being in power for two terms.”
Hussain also hinted at the poor value of the Pakistani rupee, being even lower than developing countries like Bangladesh and India — which came into being a day after Pakistan. He said that the development and production units in Pakistan were also less than those in other countries. Lamenting the role of the politicians in the country, he said, “The politicians just wasted time in the parliament and did nothing for the poor people who voted for them. They only help themselves when it comes to empowering people and lie to the people that they have no authority to do so,” he explained.
Talking about the role of MQM, Hussain said that it was always targeted and termed as a ‘terrorist organization’ and several allegations have been leveled against it, however, “It is the only political party that works in the interest of the poor and under privileged people and will continue to do so in the future.”
Hussain will also make an address on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00 pm at Chaudhry Khaleequz Zaman Park near Delhi colony.
The complete article can be found at Daily Times.