DECISION TAKEN BY THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE TO OBSERVE A "DAY OF MOURNING" AND A PEACFUL STRIKE on May 02,2002 IN SINDH PROVINCE IS APPROPRIATE - ALTAF HUSSAIN
01 May 2002
Karachi-30 April 2002
The Central-Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has decided to observe a "Day of Mourning" and a totally peaceful strike in Sindh province on 2nd. May 2002 to mourn the deaths of its Parliamentarians forme
This decision was taken in an extra-ordinary emergency meeting held at the Head Office of the MQM commonly known as "Nine Zero" at Azizabad, Karachi and presided by Dr Imran Farooq, Convenor of the party, from London. In a long deliberation, the members present at the International Secretariat in London also fully interacted in the meeting.
The Co-ordination Committee has appealed to the people of Sindh to make the "Day of Mourning" and the peaceful strike successful by closing their businesses, shops, transports and industries and totally avoid their usual activities to demonstrate their solidarity and sympathy to the bereaved family members of the martyrs and condemnation of the murders of the righteous parliamentarians.
The Members of the Central Co-ordination Committee stated that during the midnight hours and early hours of 27th. April 2002, Mustapha Kamal Rizvi and Dr Nishat Mallick were callously murdered outside the house of Dr Nishat Mallick. On this naked terrorism, the people were outraged, nevertheless, the MQM appealed to the people to maintain calm and exercise patience and restraints. MQM demanded of the Government to apprehend the genuine perpetrators within 72 hours or else the MQM will be compelled to formulate policies of its actions, however, that 72 hours ultimatum has now elapsed and not single steps have been taken to apprehend the perpetrators of the gruesome murders of the MQM parliamentarians.
The Members of the Co-ordination Committee stated that not only the perpetrators have not been arrested but within 48 hours of the harrowing murder, the President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf, which was overly attended by the MQM supporters despite this tragic murders but General Musharraf did not utter a single word of condolence nor did he sympathise with the members of he bereaved families. Being the president it his responsibility to condemn the brutal murder of two renowned parliamentarians. Mustapha Kamal Rizvi served the nation so did Dr Nishat Mallick while in the field of sports medicine; he promoted the name of Pakistan throughout the world. But President General Purvez Musharraf, let alone arresting the murderers, did not even condemn the their heinous act. He also failed to arrest the culprits within the time limit set by the MQM.
The MQM Co-ordination Committee has, therefore decided to observe 2 May as the day of mourning throughout Sindh by observing a peaceful strike. The co-ordination Committee has appealed to general public, traders, shopkeepers, factory owners and workers, journalists, engineers and people of every trade to observe 2 May as a day of mourning and make the strike successful throughout Sindh. They also appealed to Mr Bashir Khan Qureshi, Chairman JSQM and other leaders and supporters of JSQM to join hands with the MQM in making this strike successful in solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved family members and condemnation for the cowardice act of brutal murders of the MQM parliamentarians.