MQM to observe day of mourning tomorrow


KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will observe a day of mourning on Saturday against the “extra-judicial killing of three workers near Northern Bypass”, Dr Farooq Sattar announced.


“We appeal to traders and transporters to suspend their business activities tomorrow (Saturday),” MQM leader appealed.

In a press conference on Friday, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said the four personnel allegedly killed by Rangers last night were in fact MQM workers.

“They were arrested by Rangers a month ago,” he said, adding that family members of the deceased had identified them as Kashif Khalil, Shahid Ghulam and Zohaib Ullah.

Sattar said his party had given a list of 150 “disappeared” workers to the primer minister, his cabinet members, Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah and the DG Rangers.

“But no action has so far been taken on our demand and at least four of those 150 workers have been extra judicially killed,” alleged Sattar.

The paramilitary force had Thursday night claimed to have killed four suspects in an ‘encounter’ on Northern Bypass near Sohrab Goth.

The Rangers press release said action had been initiated in the area on a tip-off about the presence of suspects allegedly involved in the killing of one advocate Hasnain Bukhari – a senior lawyer from the minority Shia sect and a counsel for several MQM activists, who was killed on March 4, 2015, in Korangi.