Leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Awami National Party (ANP) agreed at a meeting on Monday to launch a joint campaign against the controversial local government bill as they criticized the leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party for not taking the Karachi decision. stakeholders with confidence in the legislation.
The two bitter political rivals of Karachi in the past have also agreed to bury the hatchet and work together for the development of the city. A PNA delegation led by its Sindh leader, Shahi Syed, visited the MQM-P headquarters to discuss the current political situation, the recently passed LG Bill, civic issues in the city and the the increase in street crime, among other issues. The leaders of the MQM warmly welcomed the guests upon their arrival.
MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, former city mayor Syed Waseem Akhtar, MPA Muhammad Hussain and other leaders represented the party at the meeting, while ANP General Secretary Sindh Younas Bunairee, Hanif Shah, Dost Muhammad and other leaders accompanied Syed.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Syed condemned the brutal use of police force against peaceful MQM-P demonstrators, mostly women, outside the Chief Minister’s House on January 26, saying that protesters’ concerns were real and legitimate.
He said the ANP and other stakeholders would protest against the real issues facing the city’s residents. “Injustices with Karachi must be stopped immediately as the city rules the whole country.”
MQM’s Siddiqui said anti-state elements had conspired to fuel ethnic hatred among the city’s permanent residents. “The ANP has always fought for the rights of Pashtuns, but now is the time to voice the concerns of residents across the city.”
He suggested that young people of all ethnicities living permanently in the city should be recruited into the police department and assigned to areas where their respective ethnicities predominantly inhabit, as local police help in the fight against street crime.
“Baluch youth should be recruited and assigned to Lyari, Pashtun youth to Benares and Mohajir youth to Liaquatabad. Recruitment of police personnel from rural Sindh will not help maintain order in Karachi.