Karachi shuts down after former MQM MPA arrested

Businesses, petrol pumps and shops stayed shut amid MQM protests and more raids.


Web Desk September 11, 2013
Ranger arresting suspects involved in a clash between two groups. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The arrest of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Nadeem Hashmi led to scenes of violence and wide-scale closure of the city on Wednesday.

Earlier this morning, Hashmi was arrested during a raid carried out by the Karachi police at his residence. Other MQM workers were also arrested. A murder case was registered against the former MPA at the Hyderi police station.

The MQM coordination committee condemned the act and termed it a conspiracy against the party. The party's parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, said the Karachi police was acting against the framework provided by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain questioned the legitimacy of the arrest. Regretting that an MQM unit-in-charge was arrested for every tiny misdeed in the area, Hussain demanded the provincial government provide the legal grounds for Hashmi's arrest.

As activities in the city came to a halt, businesses, petrol pumps and shops remained closed for most of the day, while the All Private School Management Association (APSMA) announced a closure of all private schools. Three vehicles were torched by unknown men at Naagan Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Korangi.

As the day progressed, Rangers and police continued raiding various parts of the city and taking suspects under custody. Raids occurred from DHA and Lyari to Liaquatabad, Orangi Town, Buffer Zone and North Karachi.

Security forces also raided and surrounded the house of defunct Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) leader Uzair Jan Baloch in Lyari.

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7:35pm

Rangers raided a Football House in Lyari and took four people into custody.

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7:25pm

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon says that the operation in Karachi is being deliberately politicised and given a racial colour. He called upon political parties to assist and not obstruct the operation.

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6:55pm

Video report of the raid on Uzair Baloch's house today:



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5:42pm

Rangers have raided defunct Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) leader Uzair Jan Baloch's house in Lyari as part of an ongoing operation.

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5:41pm

The MQM press conference on the arrest of their former MPA, Nadeem Hashmi is ongoing. MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi is narrating the incident of Hashmi's arrest, citing an ongoing attempt to "sabotage" the situation in Karachi with respect to the operations.

Given the large number of violent deaths and crimes in Karachi, Rizvi questions who is being arrested and why. He asks why no one is being arrested from areas like Al-Asif square.

"Because the Taliban are there with rocket launchers..."

He says this form of operation will benefit no one and appears to be becoming politicised.

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5:10pm

Police have entered an area of Lyari to carry out an operation.

Rangers personnel have carried out targeted operations in different part of the city today which have resulted in the arrest of around 24 people. The operations were carried out in different areas including Liaquatabad, Orangi Town, Buffer Zone and North Karachi.

Overall three vehicles have been torched since morning.

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4:20pm

Police have arrested three suspects from Karachi’s Defence area and recovered four rocket launchers and few mortars from them.

The arrested suspects ran a weapons’ shop in the area.

The suspects reportedly sold rocket launchers to banned outfits.



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3:05pm



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 2:43pm

Ranger operations in FC Area and Apsara Apartments in Liaquatabad have been completed.

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 2:04pm

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah met DG Rangers, who briefed him about the security situation in Karachi.

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1:52pm

Rangers have entered and searched four flats located inside alKaram Square in Liaquatabad, Karachi during a raid.

Security forces have also reportedly entered  Apsra Apartments.



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1:34pm

Rangers personnel have encircled the alKaram Square in Liaquatabad, Karachi and closed its entry and exit points.

A heavy contingent of security forces is present in the area.



A deserted street of Karachi's Federal B Area. PHOTO: JAHANZAIB HAQUE 

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1:17pm

Rangers carried out targeted operations in many areas in Karachi including Salar Compound, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Saddar and Ghas Mandi.

A total of 12 suspects were taken into custody.



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1:06pm

Four people were arrested in a raid on an office of a political party in PNT Colony, Korangi.

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12:22pm

Rangers raided an office of a political party in PNT Colony, Korangi.

Shops were reopened in some parts of Karachi upon the arrival of Police and Rangers in those areas.



A screenshot showing rangers searching a man. 

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12:16pm

Unidentified people forced the closure of shops in Sukkur.

Resham bazaar and Shahi bazaar in Hyderabad are closed, over 1500 shops in that area are reportedly shut.

Police and Rangers are not present in the affected areas.

Many vehicles have been torched in protest in Karachi.



Screengrab of children walking past a burning tire on a road.

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11:54am

Rangers conducted multiple raids in Landhi, Korangi and Awami Colony.

The University of Karachi has postponed exams scheduled for today. New dates will be announced later.

The situation has turned tense in Hyderabad and Sukkur as well.

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11:42am

Express News reported that Hashmi was arrested in connection to the murder of two policemen in Nazimabad on late Tuesday night. He was accused of attempted murder, weapon seizing and terrorism.

MQM coordination committees held emergency meetings in Karachi and London.

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10:43am

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MQM supporters protested against the arrest while blocking many roads. Unidentified men set ablaze a coach in Korangi and a truck near Nagan Chowrangi. Tires were also burned in various parts of the city.

Traffic on the roads was thin in most areas including Landhi, Korangi, Malir, North Nazimabad as well as some parts of Clifton and Defense.

Businesses, petrol pumps and shops remain closed in the city, while the All Private School Management Association (APSMA) announced a closure of all private schools.

Earlier this morning, Hashmi was arrested during a raid at his residence. Other MQM workers were also arrested.

A murder case was registered against the former MPA in Hyderi police station.

Talking to the media at Pirabad Police Station, Orangi town, MQM parliamentary leader in Sindh assembly Khawaja Izharul Hasan said that such actions would make the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi questionable. He further added that Karachi police is acting against the frame work provided by the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

"We appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Chaudhry Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to personally oversee the Karachi operation," said Hasan.

MQM coordination committee has condemned the act and termed it a conspiracy against MQM.

In a separate incident, two people were shot dead when firing ensued on the Super Highway and Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.

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