MQM to boycott Zardari’s address to parliament

March 16th, 2012 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 16 (IANS) The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a junior partner in Pakistan’s ruling coalition, has said it will boycott President Asif Ali Zardari’s address to the joint session of parliament Saturday to protest the extortion taking place in its Karachi home base.

MQM lawmakers Friday held a protest in the National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, Geo News reported.

If measures against extortion were not taken by the government, the party would not allow Zardari’s address to take place, said MQM MP Waseem Akhtar.

Protests were also held outside the Sindh provincial assembly.

The party and traders in Karachi said they would observe a “black day” in the port city Saturday.

Meanwhile, Karachi police chief Akhtar Hussain Gorchani said two people accused of extortion have been arrested in the city.

They have confessed to making extortion calls to eight people, and killing the son of a shopkeeper when he refused to give them money, he said.

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