ISLAMABAD – Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has termed the move of MQM workers as unjustified to bring Karachi to a standstill after the arrest of their chief when UK authorities have initiated action against him and not the Pakistani government.
He expressed concern over the situation prevailing in Karachi and other parts of Sindh after the arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain by Metropolitan Police of London.
In a statement issued from PTI Central Secretariat on Wednesday, Khan said he fully understood the anguish of the MQM workers at this difficult time, “But it is absolutely unjustified for the MQM to bring Karachi to a standstill and disrupt the lives of the people of this metropolis and financial centre of the country, when it is the British authorities who have taken legal action against a British citizen on charges of money laundering,” he asserted.
The Chairman PTI said rule of law will now take its course in the UK and MQM leaders and workers need to show patience and not punish the people of Pakistan for the actions taken by the British government.
Khan also expressed surprise at the PPP, which as the party governing Sindh should have ensured safety of the citizens of Karachi and ensured that their lives and the businesses of the city were not brought to a standstill, but instead it joined the MQM protest. This is making a mockery of governance, he remarked.
The Chairman PTI said if protest has to be held against the arrest of MQM leader by the British government then it should be in the UK and not in Pakistan.