At least 20 people, including the members of Sindh Assembly, were wounded on Friday in an attack on a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) camp, set-up for their ongoing country-wide membership drive, a private TV channel reported. Three MQM MPAs – Mohammad Hussain, Sheikh Abdullah and Saifuddin Khalid – were among the wounded in the attack in Orangi Town area.
Speaking to a private TV channel, MQM leader Wasay Jalil said that a large number of party workers besides the three lawmakers were injured in the attack. He said that MQM’s volunteers are usually deployed at camps for the membership campaign. Police and other law enforcement forces have reached the site and launched an initial probe into the incident. The injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Meanwhile, Jamaatul Ahrar – a splinter group of umbrella Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – has claimed the responsibility for the attack. Spokesman for Jamaatul Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told Dawn.com over telephone that “the MQM and other political parties who are thriving on the anti-Taliban agenda are on our hit list”. He said the attacks on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) besides MQM will continue, adding that the militant outfit has renewed its war against these parties. MQM chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the attack on his party’s camp, saying “cowardly attacks like this cannot deter our courage”.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT