MQM-P leaders visit ‘Martyrs Monument’ in Karachi

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MQM-P chief Dr Farooq Sattar talking to media

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr. Farooq Sattar accompanied by party leaders and supporters visited “Martyrs’ Monument” in Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground in Karachi on Saturday.
Farooq Sattar and all members of MQM-P’s Coordination Committee reached Yadgar-e-Shuhada where they offered fateha amid a charged atmosphere. They vowed not to let the blood of ‘martyrs’ go in vain.
Police have started closing all roads around “Yadgar-e-Shuhada” with shipping containers and barricades.
In what appears to be an attempt to flex political muscles and raise the political temperature, Farooq Sattar late on Friday announced that his party will stage a rally to visit “Martyrs’ Monument” in Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground, close to the MQM’s sealed headquarters at 11:00am.
In the morning, the plan was slightly changed as MQM announced to stage a ‘limited’ rally at 12:00 pm.
Since MQM founder Altaf Hussain’s Aug 22, 2016 anti-Pakistan speech, MQM’s Nine Zero headquarters and its public secretariat at Khurshid Memorial Complex in Azizabad have been sealed off.
Since then, MQM-P and those associated with Altaf-led MQM-London group have not been allowed to visit the monument known as Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
“To pay tribute to our martyrs, we will march towards martyrs monument from Ayesha Manzil tomorrow 11th November at 3pm,” reads a tweet from Farooq Sattar.
After internal criticism for forming political alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), Dr Farooq Sattar had announced his resignation from MQM-Pakistan and politics on Thursday in a controversial press conference. After his announcement, party workers and leaders protested and urged the leader to take back his resignation.
At the behest of his mother, Farooq Sattar took back his resignation and returned as MQM-Pakistan’s chief.

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