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Monday, May 14, 2007

Disarm MQM, says HRCP

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday expressed concern over the loss of lives and bloodshed in Karachi on SaturdayCommission Chairwoman Asma Jahangir, in a statement, called Saturday’s killings the result of a “calculated adventure hatched by the presidency and MQM with the cooperation of the Sindh government”. “The incident aimed to silence civil society. It was a militant act to deny people their right to freedom of expression,” Ms Jehangir said. She said the government in collusion with the MQM was doing “politics of prejudice” to revert Karachi to a state of ethnic hostility. “The MQM should be disarmed so the people in Karachi might live peacefully,” she said, adding that the HRCP favoured bar associations in their struggle for the supremacy of the rule of law. staff report

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