Over 55 MQM activists held in Karachi
KARACHI: Law enforcers arrested over 55 workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday during raids and search operations in different parts of Karachi.
Sixteen MQM workers were arrested when Rangers personnel raided a unit office of the MQM on Burns Road and conducted a house-to-house search operation in the area. Several more MQM activists were arrested in raids on unit offices of the MQM in Jamshed Quarters and PIB Colony.
After the raids, MQM supporters forced shopkeepers in Burns Road, Arambagh, Garden and other parts of the city to close their shops. They also staged a protest on MA Jinnah Road and demanded the release of party workers.
In one raid, Rangers officers arrested Amir, an activist of the MQM, in the Garden police area. The accused allegedly admitted his involvement in the killings of more than a dozen people in different parts of the city.
Fahad Iqbal was arrested from Lyari and a Kalashnikov, three TT pistols, one rifle, one sword, one dagger, 25 kgs of hashish and a number of bullets were recovered from him. The accused, the brother of an alleged gang-war criminal, Faisal Pathan, is allegedly involved in a number of cases of targeted killings.
In yet another raid, Rangers personnel arrested one Aslam in Kharadar police limits and recovered one TT pistol from him. The accused is allegedly involved in target killings of more than six people.
The Rangers arrested seven other people, including three alleged target killers, in another house-to-house search operation. They, along with police and sniffer dogs, carried out some search operations in different parts of Lyari, Chakiwara, Kharadar, Garden and other areas of the city and recovered arms and ammunition.
The suspects, including extortionists, drug peddlers and other criminals, were shifted to unidentified locations for interrogation. A Rangers official claimed that during the last 24 hours, different parts of the city were raided, and three alleged criminals were arrested, and arms and ammunition recovered from their possession.