Sindh CM promises probe into MQM-police clash
Phones Muttahid leader Aminul Haq, says solution lies in political talk
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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday declared that he will hold an inquiry into yesterday’s violent clash between MQM protesters and police in Karachi which resulted in the death of an activist, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
While expressing sorrow over the activist’s death, Murad Ali Shah in a telephonic conversation with MQM leader Aminul Haq called for seeking a solution to the problem through political dialogue and political method. “Such incidents should not repeat in any way,” he added.
Both the leaders agreed not to create such a situation in the future and this incident should not be given an ethnic colour and also condemned such statements.
“I will hold inquiry into the incident and whoever is responsible for it will face the music,” the Sindh CM said.
Murad said post-mortem of the protesters will confirm the cause of death.
Aminal Haq said he will consult his party to respond to the Sindh chief minister’s offer of talks on the new local body law.
Murad also telephoned MQM MPA Sadaqat Hussain who was injured during yesterday’s clashes to inquire after his health.
Meanwhile, MQM observed black day to mourn the death of its activist in yesterday’s police action. MQM leader Khalid Siddiqui said they would not let waste the blood of the party martyr. “We will respond,” he added.
The Namaz-i-Janaza of the deceased MQM worker was held in Karachi after Zohr prayers.
Saeed Ghani talk
Sindh Information Minister and PPP leader Thursday refuted the MQM-P claimed that no protester was killed in yesterday's protest.
Talking to media in Karachi, Saeed Ghani said that he checked the hospital record and there was no such patient who was brought there and died amid treatment as claimed by the MQM-P.
Ghani also rubbished the perceptions that police dragged MQM-P MPA. “In fact, the MPA tortured the police,” he alleged.
Ghani said police only baton-charged the protesters because Pakistan Super League teams were staying at the hotel located in the red zone and where protesters wanted to go.
“The protesters were told about the PSL teams and about the future of the PSL could be at stake but they kept on marching towards the Chief Minister House,” the minister said.
Moreover, he said all the shops which were closed by force in Karachi were also reopened after just 10 minutes.
He said all the women injured during yesterday's action were due to stampede.
Reporter Iqtidar Anwar and Faisal Shakeel