MQM is a thuggish party that helps keep Musharraf in power.
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Following bloodbath in Karachi US reaffirms support for Musharraf By Vilani
Peiris and Keith Jones
22 May 2007
The Bush administration has reiterated its support for Pakistan's military
strongman, General Pervez Musharraf, in the wake of bloody,
government-orchestrated attacks on opposition protesters in Karachi, May 12
and 13, that left more than forty people dead.
The violence, which was perpetrated by armed thugs of the pro-Musharraf
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), was aimed at stamping out a mounting wave of
anti-government protests. But on Monday, May 14, most of Pakistan's major
cities, including Lahore, Peshwar, Quetta, and especially Karachi, were
paralyzed by a general strike called by the opposition parties to protest
the previous weekend's violence. There is a "complete strike in Karachi,"
conceded the police chief Azhar Faruqi to the *Guardian.* The next day large
numbers of teachers demonstrated in Lahore against government plans to
privatize the education system.
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