The founder and leader of MQM, Mr Altaf Hussain has demanded an end to illegal night raids undertaken by Pakistan’s paramilitary forces after the latest in a series of raids in which a senior party member was taken from his home in the middle of the night.
Kamal Mallick, 52, a member of the party’s central coordination committee, was taken by uniformed personnel of Para-military Rangers at approximately 2:30am PST last night. A number of personal items, including academic certificates were taken from his property. The events have left his wife and two young children distraught.
“I condemn the use of these wholly unjustified tactics on representatives of a democratically elected political party,” said Mr Hussain. “I demand that the Pakistani Army acknowledges taking part in this arrest and provides their justification for doing so.”
Sadly, in the case of many hundreds of MQM workers, such raids are the precursor to an untimely death. The reality is that our supporters have been the victims of summary arrest and violence on an almost daily basis. More than 300 MQM supporters, including 4 parliamentarians, have been killed in recent years. 46 of those deaths are believed to have been the result of extra judicial murders by the authorities.
It is our belief that in seeking to improve the law and order situation in Karachi, paramilitary forces have unjustly and disproportionately targeted MQM. Party premises have been raided on multiple occasions, including a raid on party headquarter in March this year during which an innocent young MQM member was shot dead. We call upon the authorities to properly investigate the MQM personnel that remain in detention without charge, including Mr Mallick, releasing them without delay.