Rangers seize arms from MQM unit, sector offices


Arrest warrants of Farooq, Nasreen, others issued; Izhar gets extension in bail

Staff Reporter

Karachi—Sindh Rangers on Saturday claimed to have recovered huge cache of weapons from unit office of Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Golimar area and near party’s sector office in New Karachi.
The spokesman for the paramilitary force said, the arms seized were hidden underground in the backyard of MQM’s 167 unit office Golimar and near sector office New Karachi.
According to the spokesman, the weapons found at the MQM offices include one Light Machine Gun, twelve 7mm rifles, two Submachine Guns, four magazines, 2500 SMGs cartridges and 150 rounds of 7mm.
The seized weapons were used to spread unrest and carrying out targeted killings in Karachi, the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, Law Enforcement Agencies have decided to demolish illegal offices of People’s Aman Committee, constructed in different areas of Karachi, sources said Saturday. These committees were formed and patronized by former PPP home minister and Asif Zardari’s classmate Zulfikar Mirza.
Police, after gaining experience of action against MQM unit and sector offices in Karachi, have prepared a list of illegal offices of the Lyari-based group, and seem ready to demolish these.
The details of illegal offices of the Lyari-based group have been collected. According to a survey carried out, all the offices of the banned group are constructed unlawfully.
Illegal offices of the Aman Committee are constructed in Lyari, Yousuf Goth, Malir, Old Golimar, Mawach Goth, Gulbahar, Ilyas Goth, Alfalah road, Singo Lane, Sarbazi Mohalla, Saeedabad and Ali Muhammad.
Sindh government had declared People’s Aman Committee a banned organization in 2011. The committee had been barred from pursuing any political/social activities at all. The Lyari-based group was banned under Clause (11/B) of Anti-terrorism Act 1997.
Also, authorities concerned have demolished over 100 illegal offices of MQM in Karachi and in the interior Sindh. One Pakistan People’s Party office was also razed in the drive against unlawful constructions.

Meanwhile, an Anti-terrorism Court on Saturday issued non-bailable warrants for arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar, Nasreen Jalil and others accused in the provocative and anti-state speeches’ case against MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
Farooq Sattar and other MQM leaders booked in the case have been accused of facilitating the provocative speeches of Altaf Hussain.
Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan leader Khawaja Izhar ul Hasan appeared at an Anti-Terrorism Court, a day after being released from a brief detention at a police station.
The court was scheduled to hear 26 cases against MQM Pakistan leaders for facilitating hate speech. Due to the non-availability of a judge the hearing was postponed.
Khawaja Izharul Hassan Saturday said he would raise voice in the Sindh Assembly against his ’illegal’ arrest.
Talking to media after he was granted extension in bail till October 15 in case regarding provocative speech of MQM founder Altaf Hussain, he claimed that he was unlawfully arrested and would not sit quiet about it.
It would be better if Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah and Sindh Police Inspector General do what is constitutionally required of them in such an issue, he added.
He accused Rao Anwar, suspended Senior Superintendent of Police of Malir area, of disrespecting the law by arresting him. Hassan said that the suspended SSP was supposed to tell him his crime but all he did was complain that MQM leaders have made huge properties.
He told the media that he was feeling unwell and was about to go to a hospital for checkup.