Shujaat, Mushahid meet ANP, ST, JUP leaders ‘for Karachi peace’


KARACHI – PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat and Mushahid Hussain continued their meetings with different parties on Saturday for restoring
peace in Karachi. They called on leaders of the ANP, the Sunni Tehreek (ST) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) separately and discussed matters pertaining to the law and order situation in the city.
According to Mushahid Hussain, they would also meet the provincial government representatives in this regard. They are on a three-day visit to the metropolis and had claimed that they would reveal the identity of the people responsible of the targeted killings in the city after three days of their visit.
During their first day in the city on Friday, the PML-Q leader had met the MQM leadership, after which Shujaat announced that his party would support the MQM in the Punjab province while the latter would support the PML-Q in Karachi. On Saturday, Shujaat said he had not specified political understanding with the MQM only in Punjab.
Talking to journalists after his meeting with ANP leader Shahi Syed, the PML-Q leader said he had talked about political understanding with the MQM for democracy in the country. “Peace in Karachi is more important than politics,” he stated. On the occasion, Syed said that he welcomes the PML-Q leaders’ efforts for restoration of peace in Karachi.
Later, after his meeting with ST leaders Muhammad Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, Shahid Ghauri and others, Shujaat told journalists that the party would submit its report to the government after meeting all stakeholders in Karachi. “The PML-Q is an opposition party but all political parties have a joint responsibility to play their role for peace in Karachi,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Qadri said the ST would support efforts for restoration of peace in the city. He advised the government to shift its attention from amendments to blasphemy laws and focus on the improvement of law and order.
Meanwhile, JUP leader Sahibzada Abul Khair told the PML-Q leaders that until the government did not give concrete assurance of not amending blasphemy laws, religious parties would continue their protests.