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Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad on his way out after 13-year in power

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has decided to resign after the startling allegations  by Saulat Mirza, an MQM worker on death row, against MQM and its leadership including Sindh Governor, who, he accused of protecting MQM criminals.

Sources said that following the allegations, there are calls from different quarters for resignation of Sindh Governor and federal government is under increasing pressure to remove Ibad.

As pressure on federal government is mounting to dismiss Sindh governor for allegedly protecting criminals, Ibad is seriously considering to resign as he is no hope to last long as constitutional head of the province.

The sources said that Ibad may resign within next 24 to 48 hours.

It is to be mentioned here that Saulat Mirza, in a video statement aired on private TV channel hours before his scheduled execution which was subsequently deferred, hurled startling allegations on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its top leadership.

Mirza said he was an MQM worker and received direct orders from MQM leader Babar Ghauri to assassinate then KESC MD Shahid Hamid.

“I along with three others accomplices was summoned at Babar Ghauri’s house where I took Altaf Hussain’s orders via telephone. Altaf Hussain would usually pass on instructions through Babar Ghauri,” alleged Saulat Mirza.

Mirza said workers like him were used as “tissue papers” by MQM, and were disposed off when there was no use left for the party. “Other workers should take a lesson from my ending. Criminals in the party would get protection under Governor Sindh,” he claimed.

Saulat said that workers in the MQM who gained popularity among the public are eventually sidelined. Mustafa Kamal was humiliated and then kicked out because he had grown popular and Azeem Tariq was murdered for the same reason on Altaf’s order,” Mirza said.

“I have no vested interest in making these allegations at this hour. I just want to leave a message for those who wish to join, or are part of political organisations, to learn from my mistakes,” said the death-row inmate.

Mirza was found guilty of murdering the then managing director (MD) of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), now K-electric, Malik Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi, and his guard Khan Akbar outside Hamid’s residence in DHA on July 5, 1997.