KU assistant registrar detained

Five men in plainclothes arrested Arif Haider, says witness

Our Correspondent January 12, 2017

KARACHI: Personnel in civvies apprehended on Thursday an assistant registrar of the University of Karachi (KU) during a raid at the varsity.

Arif Haider, an officer of the enrolment section who was also performing the duties as assistant registrar at the Old Administration Block, was arrested from his office.

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KU administration and witnesses confirmed the raid and detention. "Nearly five men in plain clothes entered the building and took the assistant registrar away with them from his office on second floor of the Old Administration Block," said one of the witnesses, requesting anonymity. Haider was shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

It was speculated that Haider was taken into custody by Rangers personnel over his alleged affiliation with Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-London). Haider was said to be a member of coordination committee of the party.

The Rangers spokesperson remained tight lipped when contacted for comments.

This is not for the first time when the Rangers conducted a raid at the campus. Earlier, law enforcing agencies have raided the campus and arrested workers linked to the MQM.

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Rangers arrested six alleged criminals during raids in Korangi, Jamshed Town and old city. The suspects include four members of a banned outfit and a member of MQM’s militant wing. Weapons and ammunitions were also recovered from their possession, said the Rangers spokesperson.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2017.


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