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Dr. Farooq Sattar of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (United National Movement, MQM), a political party based on Muhajir (immigrants from India and their descendents) empowerment denounced Awami National Party (People's National Party, ANP); based on Pashtun empowerment for the killing of a party worker on Friday. Addressing the media, Dr. Sattar stated that:
ANP’s armed men opened indiscriminate fire on MQM’s office. As a result, several MQM workers were injured and one of them succumbed to the injuries. The attackers belong to the Awami National Party. This statement is being made with complete evidence.They are at large in the city and targeting people is their routine practice.He added that:
Criminals of this party are rolling around in the city with weapons at will. They are grabbing lands and properties on gun point and blackmailing people for money.Sound familiar? It is somewhat amusing to see Dr. Sattar refer to the ANP as criminals operating with impunity when members of his own party behave in precisely the same way. I guess he forgot about the tit for tat killings that the MQM is currently engaged in or a month ago or a year ago.What about the bodies of young men which found in sacks strewn about the city throughout the early nineties? Will you be feigning amnesia on this one Mr. Sattar?
In his address to the media, Mr. Sattar has already indicated that the violence will not abate in the near future warning that:
Despite such a big setback, the Chief of MQM has instructed the party to tolerate such incidents. But if we are forced, our level of tolerance may also reach the threshold.It looks like the people of Karachi will not be getting a reprieve anytime soon.