KARACHI: Political parties in Karachi on Monday demanded of the federal and Sindh governments to form a judicial commission to investigate killings of 55 people in Karachi on 12 May 2007.
The demand was raised at an ‘all parties press conference’ organized by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter at Idara Noor-e-Haq to remember the mass killings on the arrival of then deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in Karachi on 12th May 2007.
Nine political parties including Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Pakistan Awami League, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), Jamiat Ulemai-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Democratic Party attended the moot.
Speaking on the occasion, JI Naib Amir Asadullah Bhutto said that seven years have passed since these people were killed on Karachi roads but no progress was made in the legal proceedings of the case.
He claimed that former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was responsible for the killings as he openly announced on 12th May evening in a rally that he had shown his power in Karachi.
He said that people sacrificed their lives for restoration of independent judiciary and former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad but sadly this case still awaits justice.
He demanded of Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah to form a judicial or parliamentary commission to investigate the killings and register FIR against Pervez Musharraf.
PML-N leader Nihal Hashmi said that the people gave sacrifices on May 12 for the supremacy and independence of judiciary and their sacrifices could not be forgotten as they paved way for independent judiciary, democratic government and free media in the country.
PPP leader Professor ND Khan said that PML-N and PPP leaders called for investigation of May 12 killings when they were not in power but after coming into the power they were not able to initiate proceedings into this matter for unknown reasons. “PPP government in Sindh and PML-N government in Centre are answerable to people regarding progress in this case,” he opined.
Khan said that from the murder of Liaquat Ali Khan to PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, the real culprits could not be disclosed and it was necessary for the government to at least let people know about the people responsible of mass killings in Karachi.
PTI leader Aftab Jahangir recalled events of 12th May that how he was able to escape intense firing at FTC Bridge. He regretted that PPP and PML-N governments did not take action against people behind the killings.
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