In the midst of heightened tensions and friction following the arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders, the party has decided to hold token hunger strikes and rallies, sources have told The Express Tribune.
MQM’s Karachi mayor-nominee Waseem Akhtar, along with three other political figures, was arrested last week after an anti-terrorism court rejected their interim bails in a terror facilitation case involving former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain.
Token hunger strikes, the sources said, will be held on August 4 and 5 whereas a rally is scheduled for August 6.
Party’s Sunday rally at Mazar-e-Quaid was cancelled at the eleventh hour, with no specific reason provided.
While the mayoral election schedule has been announced, the party’s mayor nominee remains under police custody.
Senior party leaders, including Farooq Sattar are expected to participate in the demonstrations.
Leaders of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party have reportedly told UK investigating authorities that they have received funding from the Indian government, a claim the Indian government has outrightly denied.
The news comes from a BBC report which quoted “a Pakistani official” who claims that India has trained hundreds of MQM militants in explosives, weapons and sabotage over the last 10 years in camps in north and north-east India, over the last ten years.
This Pakistani official also appears to be the source of information on what MQM leaders allegedly told the UK authorities.