We are being persecuted: MQM
02 October, 2013
KARACHI: MQM's Rabita Committee has strongly condemned the Rangers' raid at the office of their representatives in Landhi.
Members of MQM Rabita Committee Dr Saghir Ahmed, Amir Khan, Syed Aminul Haque, Wasay Jalil, Adil Khan and Aslam Afrida expressed these views in a press conference held at the office of the elected representatives on Tuesday.
They further lamented that the law enforcers illegally arrested 15 workers, ransacked the office and took away files and other expensive items.
According to the Rabita Committee, the law personnel also wrote abusive and provocative things against MQM leadership on the office walls.
The committee further accused the law enforcing agencies of starting a media campaign against the arrested workers by labelling them criminals and terrorists.
MQM's committee demanded that the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice and DG Rangers should take notice of these raids and illegal arrests of workers, accusing the Rangers of brutalising detainees and implicating them in false cases.
MNA Iqbal Muhammad Ali, Ali Rashid and MPA Waqar Ali, Khalid Iftikhar, Amir Moin were also present on the occasion.
Residents of the area also staged a protest demonstration and raised slogans against the illegal action of the Rangers.
Dr Saghir Ahmed asked the rulers, federal and provincial governments, Rangers and police officials if MQM was being persecuted on their orders, or if it was a conspiracy against 'them'. He added that rulers and officials must know these actions were provoking people, which would be counterproductive.
Talking about the earlier demand made by MQM Chief Altaf Hussain to start an Army operation against the criminals, he said that his party has been against the anti-social and criminal elements since its inception. The party has always supported government-targeted actions against criminals. "It is our principled stance that action should be taken against criminals present in every party. They should be presented in the court and prosecuted," Dr Ahmed said.
Reminding about the arrest of MPA Nadeem Hashmi, the doctor said that the party has restrained itself despite that its workers were subjected to torture and false cases. He said that it was all being done in the name of peace. "We raised voices over the registration of false cases. Later, investigations proved that the case against Nadeem Hashmi was false and fabricated and registered with bad intention," he informed.
Questioning the way the operation was being conducted, Dr Saghir lamented that provincial and Federal government, as well as Rangers and police officials had assured the operation was not be politicised.
"They are conducting raids on the offices of elected representatives. Today at 7 am Rangers raided the office of MNA Asif Hafeez, that is visited by hundreds of people for their problems," he claimed.
He demanded to know the motives behind such acts and appealed to the rulers and Rangers and police officials to find out the black sheep present among them.
He appealed the workers and people to remain calm and composed.
MQM would raise its voice over this oppression on every forum and adopt the legal and constitutional way to fight against it, he exclaimed, while deploring officials who were "disturbing the peace of Karachi by providing protection to criminals".
Speaking about the rest of the country and the political and security situation, he said the writ of the government has eroded in Balochistan, due to which relief efforts cannot be carried out.
Mentioning the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where terrorists were carrying out subversive activities, he asked who were the elements that wanted to destroy peace and tranquillity of urban Sindh?