The Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) accused Party Vice Chairman Pak Sarzameen (PSP) Anees Qaimkhani of leading an assault on the party’s office in Hyderabad on Friday evening. The two sides were embroiled in a clash when PSP Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani headed to the Bhai Khan Charhi area, the headquarters of the MQM-P, to visit the residence of a local worker.
Shouting slogans, workers from both parties mocked their respective leaders, creating a tense situation in the locality surrounded by commercial areas. They also exchanged kicks and punches.
Speaking at a press conference later, MQM-P Hyderabad zone official Zafar Siddiqui, flanked by MPs and party MPs, claimed that Qaimkhani led the attack with around 150 people.
He named Raees Raja, Nadeem Siddiqui and Naimatullah Qureshi as those who were in front of the crowd. Siddiqui went on to claim that the police colluded with PSP workers during the attack.
He said a rally of PSP workers entered the MQM-P area office and ransacked the place. He also alleged that PSP workers tore up his party’s flag and kite symbol as well as his party’s banners. The glasses in the office were also damaged. “PSP feels defeat in the upcoming Hyderabad Cantonment Council elections. The people reject them and [consequently] they’re losing their minds. “
Siddiqui warned that the MQM-P would not be able to prevent its workers from reacting to such attacks if no action was taken. He demanded the arrest of all those involved in the assault. Large numbers of MQM-P workers gathered at the zone office as the situation heated up.
On the other hand, Qaimkhani said they were visiting the area to inquire about the health of PSP employee Iftikhar Ahmed. He denied that employees of his party attacked or behaved badly with employees of another party. He alleged that MQM-P workers provoked his party workers the other day during the local government election campaign.
Earlier at a press conference, Kamal blamed the Sindh government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for its alleged bad governance and rampant corruption, which deprived the province’s residents of development. “The people of rural Sindh saw their deprivation as their fate. They don’t even have appropriate clothes and shoes and the PPP wants to do the same with the people of Karachi and Hyderabad.
He said advanced urban transport mechanisms have been introduced in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but in Sindh, centuries-old public transport buses still ply the roads. “The PPP runs the province on the basis of a racist policy,” Kamal said.
He said he wanted to convey his complaints to the intellectual class of Sindhis as they remain silent in the face of the injustices inflicted on the Urdu speaking population in Karachi and Hyderabad by the Sindh government.
He also opposed the recurring imposition of foreclosure that has affected commerce and industry and deprived people of a living.
Posted in The Express Tribune, September 4e, 2021.