Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s ad hoc Coordination Committee has strongly condemned the unlawful arrest and torturing of MQM’s innocent workers and sympathizers during raids conducted by Rangers personnel on the party’s offices in its traditional electoral strongholds.
A meeting of the MQM ad hoc Coordination Committee meeting held here on Friday at Khursheed Begum Secretariat, Azizabad, said that dozens of MQM’s innocent workers and sympathizers had been apprehended in the raids conducted by Rangers personnel in Lines Area, Orangi Town, Liaquatabad and Ranchore Lines without any rhyme and reason although such `uncalled for’ and `unjust’ raids being carried out continuously in the Muttahida’s strongholds had become a cause of great concern and resentment among the people and the workers.
The Coordination Committee opined that on the one hand, that the MQM, on the directives of its chief Altaf Hussain, was undergoing the process of purging undesirable persons from its rank and file and, on the other, Rangers personnel instead of playing its role in restoring permanent peace and tranquility in the metropolis was busy against MQM, saying such a partial act on behalf of the Rangers was highly condemnable.
The Committee wondered that although in the last three days dozens of innocent people had been killed and maimed by the terrorists belonging to outlawed Amn Committee in Lyari’s Agra Taj Colony, Hingorabad, Kalri and other localities, the Rangers personnel were not being able to see the atrocities being committed by armed terrorists of the Amn Committee.
Deploring that the Rangers’ personnel instead of apprehending terrorists and professional criminals were arresting and torturing MQM’s innocent workers and sympathisers, the Committee said that these acts amounted to injustice, oppression against the workers of Muttahida, besides being an attack on the party’s mandate.
The Committee appealed to the national and international human rights association and non-governmental organizations to raise their voice against the unlawful arrest and torturing of MQM workers by law-enforcement agencies and apprise the world about such atrocities.
The Coordination Committee demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari, caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Federal Interior Minister Malik Habib, caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (retired) Zahid Kurban Alavi to take immediate notice of the arrest and torture of MQM workers and sympathizers during Rangers uncalled for raids on the offices of MQM in its traditional electoral strongholds and immediately bring an end to such raids to overcome the prevailing resentment among the people and the MQM workers.