MQM-P leader Faisal Sabzwari said on Saturday the decision by his side to hold a demonstration on May 12, 2007 about the arrival of former Iftikhar court chairman Muhammed Chaudhry in Karachi was a “mistake”.

“Around May 12, I said on the assembly floor that we made a mistake … that day we should not have held a demonstration,” Sabzwari said while speaking on the TV show SAMAA, Agenda 360.

On May 12, 2007, clashes between political parties in Karachi claimed the lives of at least 35 people, including lawyers.

The impasse began when former Iftikhar head of court Muhammed Chaudhry, who was then driving a popular movement, arrived in Karachi at the invitation of a Karachi lawyer.

The Pakistan People’s Party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the Awami National Party are allies who support the supreme judge. The Muttahid Qaumi movement, led by Altaf Hussain, an ally of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, came to power at the time.

Sabzwari, a senior member of MQM-P, said that the move to block roads with containers in Karachi on May 12 was also a bad decision.

“The containers should not be placed in the city,” the MQM-P leader said, adding that the MQM should refuse to help Musharraf as did former Punjab CM Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.

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