KARACHI – Mayor of Karachi Wasim Akhtar and other leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan face threats to their lives from a network of terrorists based in South Africa, media reports said on Monday citing a letter issued by the Sindh Home Ministry.

“The South Africa syndicate cell, on the direction of MQM founder, has been tasked to conduct terror activities against MQM-Pakistan leadership,” read the letter written by the Sindh Home Department, following reports by intelligence agencies.

The purpose of these activities is to sabotage Karachi’s peace and discredit law enforcement, particularly Rangers, it read.

According to the threat alert, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar is the ‘prime target’ of hitmen.

It advised Akhtar to adopt necessary security measures, restrict movements and avoid predictability of his activities to prevent any untoward incident, Geo News reported.

Waseem Akhtar is said to have requested the government for security after being informed of the threats to his life.