SHC seeks response of govt, LEAs on petition of MQM leader

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday asked Rangers and other federal as well as provincial authorities to submit their response to a petition of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader against confinement of its activists by the paramilitary troops.

A division bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, was hearing a petition filed by MQM’s coordination committee member, Gulfaraz Khan, who moved the court, pleading to it to declare the detention of the supporters of the MQM by Rangers personnel illegal and unconstitutional.

The petitioner submitted that the paramilitary troops raided Nine Zero, MQM’s headquarters, in Azizabad area and Khursheed Begum Memorial Secretariat on March 11 and whisked away its as many as 110 workers, including senior party leader Amir Khan and other party activists.

The petitioners said that Rangers personnel ransacked the party offices situated at the secretariat and took away licensed weapons provided by a private security firm and Rs3.5 million from welfare and aid fund.

Naming home secretary, IGP Sindh, Rangers director general, Karachi police chief, head of CID and SIU branches of Sindh Police and Azizabad police station’s SHO as respondents, the petitioner requested the court to declare confinement of the workers as illegal and direct paramilitary force to produce them in court. The court was requested to quash the FIRs registered against the detainees.

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