KARACHI: Reacting over the Rangers statement regarding alleged confessions of Muttahid Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers about the party’s involvement in strong-arm-tactics, MQM chief Altaf Hussain accused the paramilitary force of victimizing his party while turning a blind eye to terrorists in other parts of the city.
Talking to media on Saturday, the MQM chief came down heavily on the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which he said has no courage to make even eye contact with the army.
He said Rangers officers were getting false statements from the detained MQM workers through torture, adding that a media trial was being carried out against his party at gun point.
“I swear on God I don’t know who Umair Siddiqui is,” Altaif said, adding that a party which is a representative of the middle class was being vilified.
Mr. Hussain said he had not banished Anis Qaim Khani or Hammad Siddiqui over their involvement in targeted killings.
According to the MQM chief Rangers officers, who he said were liars and dishonest, were trying to hide their failures through action against his party.
“They have led a campaign against MQM for the second time; Rangers’ officers are actually officers from the Pakistan army,” he said.
He asked whether the Rangers and Pakistan army officers had arrested killers of Shias and Christens. The MQM chief said: “We are sorry for calling the army as we are now facing consequences of our deed”.
He said the Sindh government couldn’t act on its own free will, adding that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has got no courage.”
“Democrats must come forward to rid the nation of the prevailing situation,” he said