Senior Pakistani Politician Resigns

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior politician with the ruling Pakistan People's Party has resigned from his post in the southern city of Karachi accusing the city's largest party of murder and terrorism.

Zulfiqar Mirza accused the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of killing journalist Wali Khan Barber earlier this year.

During a news conference Sunday, Mirza leveled accusations about MQM chief Altaf Hussain, saying he was responsible for the killings in the violence-plagued city. Mirza also criticized Interior Minister Rehman Malik's handling of the situation.

In a statement published by the Associated Press, the MQM says Mirza himself was a patron of murderers adding that his remarks were an attempt to spark hatred, violence and insurgency.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Karachi in recent months, in one of the worst waves of violence there in years. Many of the killings are blamed on ethnic gangs linked to rival political factions such as the majority Urdu-speaking MQM and the Awami National Party of Pashtun migrants.