KARACHI–As parts of Sindh shut down Thursday on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s call to observe a day of mourning over its worker Sohail Ahmed’s killing, MQM chief Altaf Hussain announced that he would sever all ties with his party, saying he would deliver his last address to MQM workers and supporters tomorrow.
Talking to a private news channel he also asked for the nation’s forgiveness.
The MQM chief claimed that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had never accepted him and accused the country’s premier intelligence agency of implicating him in cases even though no corruption was proved against him.
He also said that he had seen the ‘ISI’s hand supporting the lawyers movement against former president Pervez Musharraf’.
Altaf said he held Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah responsible for the murder of 36 party activists, according to a statement issued on the MQM’s website.
The remarks of the MQM supremo come as his party observes a national day of mourning and a wheel jam strike in Sindh over the ‘extrajudicial killing’ of one of its workers in Karachi.
MQM representatives on Tuesday staged a walkout after shouting slogans during Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s address in the Sindh Assembly.
Shah had termed the MQM’s protest, which was staged a few days earlier at the CM House, as an “attack on the CM house” rather than the expression of a grievance.