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Muttahida has lost a senior sincere friend in Punjab: Altaf Hussain

11 December, 2014

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SIALKOT: An office-bearer of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Sialkot was shot down by gunmen on Wednesday.

According to reports, MQM Sialkot Vice President Bao Muhammed Anwar was standing outside his restaurant on Shahabpura Road when unidentified miscreants opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. Two of his employees also were injured in the attack, according to a statement released by the MQM. MQM chief Altaf Hussain expressed grief over his death, saying, “Muttahida has lost a senior sincere friend in Punjab.” Altaf Hussain extended condolences to the bereaved family, saying, “All MQM workers share the grief felt by the deceased’s family including his children and brothers.”

Altaf Hussain demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Chaudhry Muhammed Sarwar to immediately take notice of the killing and arrest the assassins of MQM leader at the earliest. Anwar was laid to rest on Wednesday. A number of workers besides MQM MNAs Abdul Waseem, Sajid Ahmed, MQM Punjab President, Mian Attique, DCO Nadeem Sarwar, PML-N MPA Ch Akram, and others attended the funeral prayer offered at Shahbpra Road. PML-N MNA Irmughan Subhani, on behalf of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, expressed deep grief and sorrow with the family of Bao Anwar.

Altaf said if the killings of MQM workers were not stopped in Punjab then none of Punjab cabinet’s ministers would be allowed to enter into Sindh. Talking to an emergency meeting of MQM office-bearers and workers at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero to condemn the killing of Anwar, the MQM chief demanded the United Kingdom government to return his passport, even if it would continue with its investigations against him. He said he wanted to “embrace martyrdom” among his workers and companions during struggle for his nation.

He claimed more than four hundred MQM workers and supporters were killed during the last two years. He said he had always advised his workers to show patience and trust in God’s justice. He said even though he had the option to advise his people to retaliate against any aggression but he suggested them to show patience. Altaf also expressed anger over the Rabita Committees in London and Karachi and criticised their performances. He suspended them with immediate effect. He also asked the MNAs and MPAs not to attend his address at Nine Zero.

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