Islamabad: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)
has said the country was "at the brink of economic collapse" and
that a turnaround was not possible unless peace comes to Karachi.
PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and general secretary
Mushahid Hussain Sayed, addressing a press conference in Karachi
Friday, said they had handed over to the government a five-point
list of things to do.
The list was, however, "not a deadline", they said. "We don't
believe in deadlines," Shujaat Hussain was quoted as saying by the
"The issue of target killings is a very serious one which must be
dealt with properly," he said.
More than 60 people have lost their lives to violence in the first
fortnight of 2011.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed added that corruption and target killings
could be the main factors responsible for the country's economic
Shujaat Hussain said his party wanted the government to complete
its five-year term and that the PML-Q does not want to derail the
The two leaders also welcomed the tabling of the de-weaponisation
bill in the National Assembly by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Last year, over 1,300 people died in various incidents of target
killing in Karachi, while the toll since 1986 is reported to be in
excess of 10,000.