KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that the raid on MQM headquarters Nine Zero and his sister’s house by the Rangers was totally unwarranted, Aaj News reported.
In a telephonic press conference, he asked why the Rangers invaded his widow sister’s house. His brother in law was exposed to violence in Adiyala jail in 1995, Altaf added.
Hussain also condemned the killing of MQM activist Waqas Ali Shah and blamed the Rangers for shooting him.
While talking to the media, Altaf Hussain said, over 60 MQM workers have been arrested during the operation today, adding that the rangers could take any MQM young activist into custody without any warrants.
He questioned why no other party’s offices were raided in this manner and further said that the party had requested for an army operation in Karachi to stop the killings in the city, however, instead of an army operation a Rangers raid has been conducted.
The MQM chief went on to say that the party had no weapons at Nine Zero and in fact the Rangers brought arms along hidden in blankets to plant there. He questioned that if the party owned any weapons then why would they keep them at Nine Zero.
He also said that since 19 June 1992, his house has been raided over a 100 times and that who has ever heard of a party leader’s house being raided. He added that he was being very patient with such incidents while even dealing with his brother, uncle and nephew being murdered in 1995 who had no association with the party.
He made clear that MQM has zero tolerance for terrorism and any terrorist elements within the party, adding that, however, if the Rangers still felt MQM was at fault then why not hand over the whole party to the Rangers and hand over Karachi to Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Altaf further said that since the establishment does not like seeing his face, then the Rabita Committee should take the decision to separate him from MQM and let him work for Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF).