KARACHI–There is no confrontation between Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and any security agency including the Rangers, said MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Nine Zero — which was raided by Rangers a day earlier.
While discussing Wednesday’s operation, he said “The raid — according to the Rangers — was conducted in order to apprehend notorious criminals. But among the 110 people arrested, there were those with no affiliation to the MQM.”
“The MQM maintains that Waqas Ali Shah was killed by Rangers personnel and we have enough evidence to prove this,” said the MQM leader, commenting on the killing of MQM’s activist during the Ranger’s raid on Wednesday.
He also appealed to the media to refrain from manipulation and misreporting of the incident. Sattar asked the army chief, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) and Director General Rangers to look into the incident and execute justice.
Dr. Sattar claimed that all weapons seized during the raid were licensed. “These weapons were kept to protect Nine Zero from any terrorist attack — as a response to warnings by security agencies.”
He went on to rebuff the claims that Nine Zero is a no-go area and said “No counter-firing was exchanged by any person throughout the four-hour raid”.
He asserted that the MQM is the third-largest party in the country and should be respected accordingly, and that Nine Zero (the residence of party leader Altaf Hussain) should not be seen as a hub of criminal activity.
Commenting on the arrest of party member Amir Khan, Dr Sattar said while they were initially detained for questioning but later they were treated as terrorist. “There should be a difference between the treatment given to a terrorist and a political worker,” he appealed.
Also speaking on the occasion, party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its chairman Imran Khan for ‘celebrating’ the raid on the office of a “political party”. He lamented the fact that certain political parties are seeing this as an opportunity to suppress MQM. “But their nefarious dreams will never come true.”
He affirmed MQM’s unconditional support for law enforcement agencies and said “MQM is the ultimate beneficiary of peace in Karachi”.
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