MQM blames police for activists’ killings

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday alleged that a ‘death squad’ in police was abducting and killing MQM activists in Karachi. Addressing a press conference along with MQM coordination committee members, Haider Abbas Rizvi said that two of their activists, Sana ullah, son of Habibullah and Mansoor, son of Abdul Haq, were whisked away by law enforcing personnel on Monday night and later their bullet-riddled bodies were found from Dhabeji on Tuesday. “Sana ullah was activist of MQM Unit 105 while Mansoor was activist of Gulistan-e-Johar sector,” he said.

Rizvi said that soon after the arrest of two activists, the MQM informed SHO Shah Faisal Colony, DIG East and concerned Rangers officials about their arrest. He said that a petition was also filed in Sindh High Court, and court had to hear it on Tuesday.

“On March 19, we suffered a similar loss when three of our activists, Abdul Jabbar, Yawar Abbas Jaffery and Shamshad Jaffery, were abducted and killed by law enforcing personnel,” the MQM leader said.

He said that Mohajir youngsters were being killed in the name of Karachi operation. “A death squad comprising of plainclothes was involved in abducting and killing MQM activists,” he alleged.

Rizvi said that MQM had always supported intelligence-oriented operation in the city; however, the law enforcement authorities should not be allowed to abduct people and throw their bodies. “If someone is a culprit, he should be presented before the court,” he added.

He asked the Sindh government if the operation was being conducted for bringing peace in the city or killing innocent youngsters. “This type of exercise to bring peace will not prove fruitful and it will drag the situation towards a difficult scenario,” he warned.

The MQM leader demanded Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat to take notice of this situation and order stern action against the culprits involved in such acts.

He also appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justice Sindh High Court to take suo moto notice of the incident and bring the responsible people to justice. He said that ‘death squad’ in police should immediately be abolished in order to halt killings of MQM activists.

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