President Zardari takes notice of extortions in Karachi; directs Malik to remove MQM’s reservations

Islamabad: (Friday, March 16, 2012) President Asif Ali Zardari today took notice of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) complaints about increasing incidents of extortions in Karachi and directed the Federal Minister for Interior
Rehman Malik to visit the metropolis and to address the reservations aired by one of the government’s important allies.

Providing details about the notice taken by the President, Zardari’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the president had directed the Sindh government and federal minister for interior to take strict action against the criminal

The MQM chief, Altaf Hussain had also brought the president’s attention towards the complaints about increasing extortions’ incidents in the economic hub of Pakistan.

President’s spokesperson said that the Pakistan Peoples’ Party respects its coalition partners and will redress the concerns of the ally.

Earlier, while marking their protests against increasing incidents of extortions at the hands of criminal elements in Karachi, both the traders of the city alongwith MQM members had decided to observe Black Day on Saturday. Taking
on with the issue, the MQM also staged a walk out from Sindh Assembly today.

Speaking to the journalists during the protests, MQM leaders Waseem Akhtar and Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi said that the only person who could address and solve this problem was President Zardari.

Another leader, Faisal Sabzwari, threatening of boycotting the joint house session, said that if the extortions related activities were not controlled, then they might consider boycotting the president’s address to both the houses
of Parliament on Saturday, March 17.