JSQM leader arrested; party calls for shutter down strike — Video
KARACHI: Chairman Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Bashir Qureshi was arrested from Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Steel Town, by Rangers on Thursday afternoon.
Rangers alleged four SMGs, two pistols and several rounds were recovered from his possession. Tension followed in Malir Town and shops were immediately closed in the area after his arrest. The JSQM threatened to call a shutter down strike on Friday if Qureshi was not released immediately.
Tension already prevails in the interior of Sindh where nationalist parties feel they are being marginalised. Devastation caused by flooding and failure by the government to bring solace to impoverished people of the province has alienated a large number of Sindhi population.
Talking to The News, JSQM is Karachi division president Illahi Bux Bikik said Qureshi was returning home after visiting areas affected by flooding in Thatta when he was apprehended by the Rangers. He had security guards with him with licensed weapons, Bikik said.
When a police official named Subhani, who is a friend of Qureshi and who was present on the occasion, tried to intervene and convince the Rangers that Qureshis guards had licensed weapons, he too was manhandled and his son Shiraz arrested, Bikik said. Qureshi has been kept at the SP Quaidabadis office.
Bikik further said JSQM leader Niaz Kalani told a news conference in Hyderabad in the evening that if Qureshi was not released immediately, a shutter down strike would be called across Sindh on Friday.
Rangers themselves are making the situation from bad to worse in Sindh, Bikik said. They let go containers laden with deadly weapons but arrest people who have licensed arms.