Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement, Altaf Hussain telephoned former resident and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari and briefed him about the “illegal” and “arbitrary” raid on MQM headquarters Nine-Zero and his elder sister’s house.
MQM Chief explained to Asif Ali Zardari that how Rangers’ personnel entered Nine-Zero and “vandalised” everything in MQM headquarters, especially the operational offices and arrested all the office-bearers. He also told him about the “brutal murder of innocent MQM worker Syed Waqas Shah by the Rangers’ firing.” Altaf Hussain told him that MQM kept co-operating to promote peace in the country and such activism was an act of maligning MQM.
Meanwhile, PPP’s Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the raid on MQM headquarters’ Nine-Zero and underscored the need for respecting the sanctity of political offices. He said that MQM was a big political party in the country having strong roots in the masses. According to him, the party has actively participated for strengthening of the democracy. Zardari also condemned the arbitrary raid on the house of Hussain’s elder sister Saira Aslam and slammed “her maltreatment by the Rangers’ personnel, especially use of filthy language with the residing women.” He vowed that PPP and MQM would continue to cooperate with each other to protect democracy.
Meanwhile, taking part in the discussion on the early morning raid on MQM headquarter in Karachi Senator Farhatullah Babar said that both the timing and the manner of raid raised some serious questions that needed to be answered. The PPP believes that all criminal elements regardless of political persuasion must be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with law but the questions raised in the raid on 90 in Karachi must also be answered. No law enforcing and security agency can be allowed to operate beyond the confines of law and without oversight and accountability, he said.