After recent developments, activity in Karachi remained high during past few hours when Altaf Hussain, Head of MQM, chanted anti-Pakistan slogans through a telephonic address from London.
Mr. Altaf reportedly instigated his workers to attack Media Houses after which dozens of MQM workers stormed ARY News office in Karachi to damage property and equipment there.
The whole episode turned out to be a tipping point for Pakistanis as they resorted to Twitter to demand a ban on MQM.
Top level civil and military leadership also condemned Mr. Altaf’s statement as Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, said that national integrity will never be compromised.
Gen. Raheel Sharif, COAS, telephoned head of Rangers in Karachi and asked to take care of any anti-Pakistan elements.
Consequently MQM’s head office in Karachi and up to 50 zonal offices have been sealed.
We also received few reports that MQM’s website was inaccessible on selected ISPs in Pakistan, however, it’s not entirely banned for now.
This prevailing situation in Karachi is reflected by how Pakistanis are responding to the situation on social media. They managed to trend #BanMQM while Pakistan Zindabad also made it to top trends on Twitter.
Twitter trends for Pakistan right now will tell you the story to an extent:
Even the MQM leaders took to microblogging website and tweeted “Pakistani Zindabad”.
— Abdul Rashid Godil (@ARashidGodil) August 22, 2016
— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) August 22, 2016
پاکستان زندہ باد تھا اور پاکستان زندہ باد ہی رہے گا۔۔۔۔ ان شا اللہ ۔۔۔ خدا حافظ
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) August 22, 2016
— Babar Khan Ghauri (@BabarKGhauri) August 22, 2016
Scotland yard must take immediate action agst MQM chief AH on his inciting statements from UK, which lead to unrest in our country. #BanMQM
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) August 22, 2016
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) August 22, 2016
— Bashir Ahmed (@Bashirsial89) August 22, 2016
A loud and clear message to Altaf Hussain by 200 million people of this great nation.
Pakistan Zindabad. pic.twitter.com/JFHb4cvH3x
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 22, 2016
I am proud to have served & will continue to serve my beloved Pakistan.Pakistan Zindabad.Will never allow harm to this great nation.ZINDABAD
— Senator T Mashhadi (@SenatorMashhadi) August 22, 2016