Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Parliamentary Party leader in Nation Assembly, Dr Muhammad Farooq Sattar, said here on Tuesday that the act of pushing a section of the society towards wall and turning Karachi into a `police state’ must come to an end without any further delay.
“We should not be considered enemy, Mohajirs are equally Pakistani and patriotic and whose genocide was continuing,” he added.
Dr Sattar, who is also member of MQM Coordination Committee, was talking to newsmen after funeral prayers of MQM North Karachi Sector’s worker, Muhammad Adil Shaheed, who was killed after being subjected to torture by Rangers.
Earlier, the funeral prayers of Muhammad Adil Shaheed which was offered on a road of North Karachi’s Sector 5C-4 was attended by MQM Coordination Committee members, Haq Parast legislators, workers and office-bearers of MQM sectors and units committees, sympathizers and a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased.
Speaking in an emotional tone, Dr Sattar said that “we have lifted one more funeral today as one more colleague of us has been separated from us.”
Deploring that the kind of state oppression being meted out to MQM workers was not even meted out to the people of conquered territories, he demanded that sedition cases in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan should be registered against the elements in uniform involved in the incidents of inhuman brutal excesses and extra-judicial killings of MQM workers and the family members of the victims of barbarism must be provided justice.
He also demanded that measures should be taken for the recovery of more than 45 MQM’s missing workers and their whereabouts must be disclosed within next 24 hours.
He regretted that the trend of state oppression has reached to its peak as MQM workers were continuously being arrested and killed extra-judicially after being subjecting to severe torture and they were being deprived of their right to live.
The MQM leader deplored that last week’s incidents of extra-judicial killing of MQM worker Muhammad Salman at the hands of police, arrest of another MQM worker Fahad Aziz from his Bara’at while he along with relatives and friend was proceeding towards the house of his bride and his admission to a private hospital after subjecting him to brutal torture and thereafter four similar incidents had left behind the era of `Changeziat’.
About Muhammad Adil, he said that the former was arrested by Rangers on Feb 8 from North Karachi’s Sector 5C-2 in a broad day light and thereafter he was subjected to sever torture. His relatives who reached the office of Rangers were not allowed to meet him but it was at 3am that his brother was asked to take him (Muhammad Adil). However, when his brother reached Rangers office at around 6am, he saw his brother blond folded who was lying on floor in a semi unconscious condition. His brother then took Muhammad Adil to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in an ambulance where doctors tried their best to save his life but he succumbed to injuries and excessive bleeding.
Apprising about another inhuman incident, Dr Sattar said that a 60-year-old MQM sympathizer, Muhammad Mairajuddin, was detained and was asked to pay a bribe of Rs 10,000 during a snap checking near Nazimabad’s Goal Market but since he was not in a position to grease the palm he was subjected to severe torture and as a result of which he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Another such incident, he added, related to son of a member of MQM’s Karachi Tanzeemi Committee which was officially being described as an accident but we have a doubt that it was a murder. He demanded an inquiry into the incident.
In yet another incident, mother of Mohammad Ali, died while waiting for his son who along with other PIB Sector’s workers – Arif Nizami and Muhammad Naeem –was arrested/ kidnapped by people in uniform and plain-clothed personnel.
Dr Sattar said that it was the responsibility of the state to protect the lives and properties of its citizens.
He asked the newsmen to visit the houses of Mohammad Ali, Arif Nizami and Mohammad Naeem so as to see for themselves the ordeal of their families who had been pleading for early recovery of their near and dear ones.
He said that despite all such oppression and suppression MQM was demonstrating utmost restraint merely because Altaf Hussain has asked them not to lose their patience.
At the outset, Dr Sattar demanded of Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Sindh Chief Minister and Governor to take immediate steps so as to dispel the impression that MQM was being targeted, initiate action against the black sheeps involved in the bloodshed of innocent citizens and disclose the whereabouts of the MQM’s missing workers.