Hunger Strike: MQM meets CM Sindh, federal information minister
Senior MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar and Nasreen Jalil met Pervez Rasheed at the Punjab House in Karachi and expressed party concerns over the arrests of workers and the ongoing Karachi operation.
Talking to media representatives after the meeting, Rasheed said the government was willing to address MQM’s concerns with great care.
Earlier, MQM leaders also expressed satisfaction regarding their meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Senior Muttahida leader Kunwar Naveed said the provincial government has accepted three of their demands and pinned hope that he would soon form a committee on Karachi operation.
He said his party has asked Chief Minister Sindh to help them recover missing and apprehended party workers, which they alleged, were in the custody of law enforcement agencies without any charges.
A four-member Muttahida delegation comprising Kunwar Naveed, Muhammad Hussain, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor and Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan reached Chief Minister House in Karachi this morning following an invitation from the minister inviting them to negotiate with the government instead of continuing their hunger strike.
Provincial government’s party led by the chief minister includes Nisar Khuhro, Maula Bukhs Chandio, Murtaza Wahab, Rashid Rabbani and other Pakistan People’s Party members.
Talking to media, the senior MQM leader said he shared details about the missing party workers with the chief minister during the meet and that the minister assured them of full cooperation in that matter.
Naveed said, MQM also told the provincial chief minister that they wanted information from police about the whereabouts of its arrested party workers.
Since August 17, MQM workers were on a hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club against arrests and alleged harassment of party workers by law enforcement agencies in Karachi.
They were of the view that MQM was being sidelined and politically targeted on the part of an ongoing Karachi operation originally started to eliminate terror elements from the city.