Wednesday, September 7, 2011

MQM pioneered extortion in Karachi

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) introduced extortion in Karachi. During the proceedings of the case in the Supreme Court, she stated that the party had a huge terrorists network, which had been creating havoc for the last 10 years, but no action was taken against it. “MQM is the inventor of the extortion while other parties followed it,” Asma said. She said that the court would have to assess its jurisdiction otherwise the people might say in the future that the Supreme Court should also have proceedings in Waziristan. To this, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry replied: “If she gives support then the court will also go to Waziristan.” Later, talking to the media, she said that several political parties, including the banned religious organisations, were involved in collecting extortion from businessmen, traders and industrialists of Karachi, while the law enforcement agencies had names and addresses of target killers and criminals. Jahangir was also critical of PEMRA, stating it was only taking action against misreporting about the government, the MQM and the army.

Twenty-two Killed, Many Injured in Quetta Blasts

The Baloch Hal News

FC Colonel and DIG’s Wife Among Dead in Quetta Blasts

At least twenty-two people, including two women and three personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC), have been killed and several injured in twine blasts in Quetta city on Wednesday morning, hospital sources confirmed.
Some officials said the blasts were suicidal.
The injured included ten personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC).
According to initial reports, two bomb blats took place in Quetta’s highly-guarded area near the Commissioner Office and district courts on Wednesday morning.
A state of emergency has been declared in Quetta’s Civil Hospital where around thirty injured people have been shifted. The dead included a woman, two children and three personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC).
Sources said there was a scarcity of doctors and medical staff at the hospital which was causing serious problems for the victims of the blasts. Because of lack of staff and facilities at the Quetta Civil Hospital, some of the victims have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital and Bolan Medical College Hospital.
Police said it was premature to say whether the actual target was Quetta Commissioner or house of the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps (FC). The attacks badly damaged IG FC’s house.
No group has accepted responsibility for the twine blasts.
The attackers had used a van and a motorcycle for the attack. The bomb disposal squad has reached the area and begun initial investigations.
A car bomb blast on Eid day in Quetta at a Shia Eidgha had killed ten people.