PPP protests worker’s killing in Karachi
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Thursday protested against the murder of a party worker at an election meeting in Karachi, alleging that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists killed him.
In a statement, PPP Information Secretary Sherry Rehman said the party had repeatedly found itself at the receiving end of election-related violence. She said the party’s workers and supporters had been suffering violence, harassment and intimidation across the country by government officials as well as by supporters of the Musharraf regime.
She alleged that her party’s election procession at Drigh Road, Cantt Bazaar was fired at by MQM men, killing 27-year-old Qaiser Bangash on Wednesday night.
She added that the indiscriminate bullet spray also injured six PPP activists including Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Deen Abbasi, Irfan, Rafiq, Noman and Kamran.
“Karachi violence comes on the heels of a spate of bloody events targeting the PPP including October 18 massacre, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, killing and harassment of PPP workers all across the country,” Rehman said.
‘Unprovoked firing’ She said the Karachi firing was completely unprovoked and was aimed at inciting violence. “Something we have been strictly refraining from despite suffering worst tragedies in the last three months,” she added.
Rehman said targeting the PPP entirely fulfils the agenda of those who wish to create fear and chaos ahead of the elections. “For long, the establishment and elements opposed to democracy have targeted the PPP in a bid to kill the democratic aspirations of the people of Pakistan. The continued violence against the PPP is a way to dissuade people from participating in political process and to compel them to stay away from political activities for fear of life,” she maintained.
She criticised that her party’s procession was neither provided adequate security nor did the police register an FIR following the murder.
“All security was deployed for the MQM’s election rally taking place at four spots in the city the same day. The MQM was allowed to block major arteries to the city wreaking havoc with the peak hour traffic,” Rehman said.
Calling for an immediate arrest of those involved in the brutal murder of Bangash, Rehman said this was yet another test for the democratic forces in Pakistan.
She said the Karachi violence was an indication that the regime may repeat this state sponsored violence on polling day.
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