KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Tuesday withdrew its protest ultimatum given to Sindh government against killing and non-recovery of its missing activists. According to MQM sources, the decision was taken after consultation by MQM Coordination Committee in London and Karachi over assurances given by Chief Minister Sindh, Senator Rehman Malik and other government officials for recovery of missing activists.
Last Friday, MQM gave a 72-hour-long ultimatum which ended on Monday. It was given after bodies of four MQM workers were found from Memon Goth in Karachi. The party had demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz should form a judicial commission to investigate extra-judicial killing of MQM workers and constitute a monitoring committee to oversee ongoing Karachi operation.
They had also requested Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Corps Commander Karachi Sajjad Ghani to form an inquiry commission to look into the matter of missing MQM workers.
The sources said that the coordination committee mulled over the assurances and observed that the pain felt by families of missing could only be relieved through recovery of their loved ones.
The committee also observed that it understands feelings of people over the issue, however, patience would help law take its course in recovery of these people.
The sources said that the party would wait and watch the government assurances regarding recovery of its missing workers till two more weeks. “If no progress is made regarding missing activists, then the party reserves right to protest,” he concluded.
The committee also hoped that as per their promise, the government would investigate the murder of their activists and take action against people responsible of such acts.