“It should be the foremost priority of the government to unearth the motives behind conspiracies and to arrest the killers, particularly those identified by eyewitnesses and survivors of the Shershah carnage,” MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar told a press conference here on Wednesday.
The hurriedly called press conference started late by over an hour. Sources said the cause of the delay was that the MQM leadership was busy in behind-the-scene negotiations with its major coalition partner, the Pakistan People’s Party, over some issues, including that of imposing a curfew in selected localities to recover illicit weapons, which it considered contentious.
The sources said that after receiving assurances from top government authorities that no decision would be taken without consulting the party, the MQM decided to tone down its press conference and confined it to extending a mere demand for the arrest of the killers.
“We are sure that the government will take notice of our grievances and it will satisfy all requirements of justice….The MQM and the people of Karachi want justice,” said Dr Sattar when asked about the progress made by the PPP government to fulfil its promises due to which the coordination committee had put on hold its decision to quit the gubernatorial office and withdraw parliamentary support from the government.
He said the MQM had always extended full cooperation in maintaining law and order in the metropolis and it would continue to do so. “We want to maintain peace at all costs. We believe that peace could be restored to the city provided the government took measures, adopted policies and implemented them in the light of our suggestions.”
Dr Sattar demanded that President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza immediately bring to justice killers of the MQM workers and innocent citizens.