Karachi

Govt, Rangers oppose MQM's call for 'strike'

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervez Rasheed has said the politics of strikes will be ended for ever and that ‘a strike cannot b forced on others through by means of threats and terrorism’, ARY News reported.

Speaking at National Book Foundation ceremony here, the minister said the country cannot afford forced strikes and that no one can exercise a democratic right through aerial firing and burning tyres on roads.

“Traders have been expressing satisfaction over Karachi situation and if injustice was done to someone, then judiciary is there to be approached,” he said.

“Maulana Fazlur Rahman fulfilled his responsibility with regard to Muttahidaq Qaumi Movement (MQM) resignations and if someone has reservations, then he should go to the relative committee,” Rasheed said.

“Despite a consensus, MQM held a press conference at 5 o’clock in the morning and the party should explain this,” he said.

The minister further said that everyone collectively decided against inflammatory speeches and now no one should object on it.

With regard to appointment of judges, he said the government is has no role in it, but no one can be replaced by staging sit-ins.

Rangers’ statement

Meanwhile, the Rangers said that no one will be allowed to force shut shops and businesses in the city.

In a statement issued, the paramilitary force said the miscreants found terrorizing the masses will be dealt with ‘iron-handedly’.

Home minister’s orders

In view of the chaotic situation of the megapolis, the Sindh Home Department has also put police on high-alert all over the province including Karachi.

Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial ordered police to arrest miscreants on sight.

He directed officials to keep a check on wrongdoers and to closely monitor the situation.

MQM calls for day of mourning

Earlier in the evening, Muttahida Qaumi Movement had called for a ‘countrywide day of mourning’ on Saturday protesting ‘extra-judicial killing’ of four of its activists.

The party was of the view that the four alleged terrorists killed yesterday were its activists and they were shot dead in a staged encounter.

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