Pak party’s lawmakers quit Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of an influential Pakistani political party on Wednesday resigned over what it alleged "victimisation" of its activists during the security forces' ongoing operation in the port city of Karachi.

Members of the National Assembly, Senate and the provincial assembly in Sindh province belonging to the Mutahida Qaumi Movement or MQM submitted resignations. MQM is the party of mainly ethnic Urdu-speaking people, who had migrated to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan in 1947.

The party has a strong support in Karachi and some urban areas of Sindh province. The government has denied victimisation of any political party and insists that the security forces are only targeting terrorists, criminal gangs, kidnappers and extortionists in the operation in Karachi.