KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has asked the president and prime minister, along with the federal and provincial governments, to take notice of the large number of arms seized in Mochko on Thursday.
Waseem Aftab and other members of the MQM Coordination Committee were speaking at a press conference at the Khursheed Begum Secretariat, Azizababad.
They said that during a raid in Mochko, the police found hand grenades, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns which indicate that there is a “conspiracy” to undermine the peace in Karachi. “This plan does not only aim to destabilise one city, but the entire country. After all, Karachi is the largest industrial city of the country,” said Aftab.
Pakistan’s economic progress largely depends upon the law and order situation in Karachi and that is why certain influential people are sponsoring the mafias for their own interests, he argued.
“Who owns the house? Who brought the weapons to Karachi? What was the purpose?” he asked. “The nation should be given answers.”
The MQM leader appreciated the efforts of the law enforcement agency officers who carried out the operation.
Speaking about the violence during Ramazan, he claimed that innocent people were kidnapped and put in torture cells in different parts of Lyari, where they were tortured.
Earlier, Lyari “gangsters” chopped off people’s heads and stuff their bodies in gunny sacks before dumping them across the city.
“The Lyari gangs released several kidnapped people on the intervention of the Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik,” he claimed.
Aftab went on to say that whenever the law enforcement agencies start an operation in Lyari, the gangsters retaliate by attacking people with rockets and firearms.
Regarding the murders of MQM member, Mansoor Mukhtar, and his brother in PIB Colony, Aftab alleged that a Lyari “gangster”, Ahmed Ali Magsi, was responsible.
Touching on extortion, he said that criminals were openly demanding money from businessmen and citizens.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2012.
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