MQM being targeted by Rangers: Faisal Sabzwari

Published: September 12, 2013
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MQM representative Faisal Sabzwari. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MQM representative Faisal Sabzwari. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) representative Faisal Sabzwari has said that his party has requested a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to discuss the arrests of former MQM MPA Nadeem Hashmi and party leader Jamal Ahmed.

Speaking during a press conference, Sabzwari said the MQM had not said anything against the Rangers’ operation before this despite the arrests of over 100 workers in the last six days.

He claimed that instead of going after criminals, the Rangers were targeting innocent members of MQM.

Hashmi was arrested by the Hyderi police in a raid on his house in North Nazimabad late Tuesday night. A few hours before his arrest, two policemen, Iqbal Arif and Mohammad Ali, were gunned down within the Hyderi police remits.

An FIR, No. 181/13, was registered under Sections 302 and 397/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. However, it is said that the police have no evidence of Hashmi’s involvement in the murders.

Hashmi was serving as the incharge of the MQM’s North Nazimabad unit. Before that, he had been elected as a Sindh Assembly member in the by-polls held following the death of MQM leader Dr Mohammad Ali Shah.

Earlier, the offices of MQM leaders Rehan Hashmi and Jamal Ahmed were raided and LCD TVs, computers and fax machines were seized.

Sabzwari said that MQM had supported the targeted operation as they believed that it would entail a political action against criminals, but this is not the case.

‘Catch real criminals’

“The security forces should rough up real criminals the way they are treating MQM members and offices,” Dr Sagheer Ahmed said while addressing a press conference today.

He questioned where the security forces were when the citizens of Karachi were being killed.

The MQM leader further reiterated that his party supports armed action against criminal elements.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Aamir
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Cry Cry cry. Throw your childish tantrums.
    Where were you when karachi bled and cried for help

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  • John
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:20PM

    But Rangers is only targetting Criminals.If not so why didin’t the go after lets say,Mustafa Kamal?

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  • Abbas Khan
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:23PM

    He claimed that instead of going after criminals, the Rangers were targeting innocent members of MQM.

    Innocent indeed! /s

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  • Malik
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:32PM

    Go Rangers! Karachites and the Rest of Civilized Pakistanis are with You! Allah O Akbar!Recommend

  • fayez
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:34PM

    If I am not wrong, in last few days Rangers have also arrested ANP and PPP Members, correct me If I am wrong

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:34PM

    GET UP KARACHI
    Please leave MQM alone. Let them do what they think is right. Let them burn down Karachi.Recommend

  • mystriousforever
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Political parties are supporting terriorist openly…. Whats the solution

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  • Ammar
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:41PM

    MQM stance: Do the cleanup of other political parties except their own criminal workers…

    and

    Mr.Faisal for your kind info, innocent people dont burn the whole city in just the matter of few hours…

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  • Mahmood
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:43PM

    MQM once again ready to CRY!!!!!Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:55PM

    The rangers are also conducting raids on Uzair Baloch’s residence and others as well. And if MQM has terrorists in their party, then they must accept it. And still if they are ignorant enough, then they should file a case in the court instead of shutting down Karachi and then pretending to be concerned about the city.

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  • PakPower
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:57PM

    We all saw how you hijacked Karachi yesterday. These arrests and more are as justifiable as justifiable can be.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:12PM

    MQM bullying Karachi and Karachiites once again.

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  • Raisani
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Terrorist is terrorist, whether he belongs to MQM, ANP, PPP, PST, or SMP

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  • Saleem
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:23PM

    You have no right to burn the city down. Prove your innocence in court. Leave Karachi alone!

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  • If Tribune allows to speak
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:27PM

    So who took out rallies on Sunday, even before this incident occurred, citing the same thing… ‘our (not so) very innocent activist are being arrested’.

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  • Omer
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:28PM

    what happened in Karachi when Benazir Bhutto shot dead in Rawalpindi and Namaloom Afraad burned Karachi…
    what about last Lyari operation.. when police was unable to enter lyari… MQM mandate areas are very open and anyone can enter in it…
    it seems that 1992 era is coming again in Karachi where once again innocent people are going to be targetted… its a better move by MQM that they are showing there stance now otherwise it will be late..
    good going MQM… keep your people safe as its your duty…

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  • Obvious
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Almost all my friends in Karachi (regardless of their background) say MQM is involved in many of the unlawful activities there. Most people are sick and tired of it (hence the huge swing to PTI in the elections), but just too scared of the MQM heavies / thugs to say anything in public…

    To ensure law and order in Karachi, the bottom line is
    1) All illegal immigrants should be repatriated legally/humanely (there are approx 3m in Karachi by some estimates. Afghans, Bengalis, Burmese, Iranians)
    2) Nationwide de weaponisation – zero tolerance, including in tribal areas
    3) Neutral police force which needs extensive retraining
    4) Enforcement of traffic laws
    50 Independent and honest judiciary

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @Aysha M
    an hour ago
    Reply GET UP KARACHI
    Please leave MQM alone. Let them do what they think is right. Let them burn down Karachi

    Hopelessly shallow

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  • Peshawer101
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:51PM

    @Omer: “it seems that 1992 era is coming again in Karachi where once again ”
    let it come again at least there will be peace again in Karachi for the next 15 or 20 year.

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  • Xnain
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:55PM

    @Aysha M:
    Btw what do you mean by “Karachi”. You seem quite desperate that its not getting up :P

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  • Turbo
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:05PM

    hahahahahahahhahahahhahaha

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  • Umair
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:06PM

    3…2…1… start “WHINING”

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  • Malik
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:20PM

    MQM is certainly not a club of angels. If there is a referendum in Pakistan about MQM, guess how many people will have negative expressions? I have been told by my friends in Germany / the West and Pakistan that more than 90 % will give unfavourable comments about MQM.
    My request to MQM: Follow the Rule of Law?

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  • qhn
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:39PM

    @Aysha M ‘Please leave MQM alone.’

    Sure, we pray that MQM is left ALONE!!

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  • sohail khan
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:53PM

    @ Malik : Obviously the majority of all the other ethnical group of pakistan will vode against MQM because hatered against MQM is not on principels but on ethnic grounds, waring to snatch karachi from MQM people.

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  • janab
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:55PM

    ET Please aik message share kardo.

    Which person says openly ‘thoak dain gai’?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Sep 12, 2013 - 4:56PM

    MQM being targeted by Rangers: Faisal Sabzwari

    And the mandate of the operation is to target criminals. You get the idea.

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  • Aalu Laylo
    Sep 12, 2013 - 5:01PM

    @sohail khan:
    I am from Karachi…..a muhajir….and I want to get rid of MQM and release Karachi from the fist of MQM. That is the real picture my friend!Recommend

  • Junaid
    Sep 12, 2013 - 5:11PM

    i am from karachi and i support PTI.
    i work in MQM dominated area yes they can close it at their will but when its open its open and to be very frank i havent found as yet any thing associated with MQM bhatta, etc with my joint.

    if i tell you worst part of city is where PPP and lyari gang war gundas reside here r few stories:

    1) port containers hijacked in day light.
    2) cars coming from port hijacked and held for ransom ranging from 100000 to 1 million.
    3) godowns full of stuff looted taken over at their will.
    4) all things you see in bollywood movie about mumbai underworld happening in city area domination by Lyari thugs.

    ask any industrialist they would say they MQM looks angel in front of those lyari gundas.

    also police in totally involved in crimes even they inform gangs if a person registers a FIR.

    i can blame MQM for what happened yesterday and many crimes but to say and belive they are only ones or worst of them all it is totally wrong.

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 12, 2013 - 5:34PM

    MQM wants people to believe in its tales for the same reason that TTP wants us to imbibe its holy poison

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  • Omer
    Sep 12, 2013 - 5:38PM

    @Peshawer101:
    i guess you heard this slogan: “tum jitnay Bhutto maro ge; har ghar se Bhutto niklay ga…”
    and same is the situation of Karachi… accept it or not…. Karachi is voting and will vote for MQM.. you can forget what Gohar Ayub did and what happened in 1992.. but as a citizen of Karachi I cant forget all these things and surely I do not want to forget this…

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  • Saleem
    Sep 12, 2013 - 6:18PM

    @Aysha M:

    GET UP KARACHI

    and do what? burn it? Is that what you are after? At least that is what your fellow MQM supporters are doing. Shouldn’t all those who are burning/looting the city be tried and given exemplary punishments.

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  • Ali
    Sep 12, 2013 - 6:49PM

    MQM will remain MQM. Its better that Nawaz Sharif and PPP fix this problem now and forever. common people will support the law enforcement agencies.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2013 - 8:23PM

    People of Karachi love Mqm, do as many operations as you can.Recommend

  • mrs ahmed
    Sep 12, 2013 - 8:58PM

    @Omer:
    thanks for recalling what happened on the day BB died, blame MQM well isnt that most easy in Pakistan,

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  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 12, 2013 - 9:19PM

    @Aysha M

    Yes Karachi needs to GET UP! Get up to the tyranny of MQM.

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  • ali ahmed
    Sep 12, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @Karachiite..The rangers are also conducting raids on Uzair Baloch’s residence…….Uzair is no more in karachi,he was allowed to leave pakistan …where as court had isued non bailable warrant…If the captain(CM) chosen by PM is not ready to play an unbiased game without any like or dislike ,the whole game becomes non-starter…

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2013 - 10:37PM

    if this persecution against Urdu speaking continues, soon Karachi Liberation Army seem to be formed.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:04AM

    @Malik:
    BTW MQM is also Muslim party.

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:23AM

    @Xnain:
    @Saleem:
    @H Chaudhry:
    KARACHI needs to GET UP and demand for a powerful and independent city government like all the mega cities in the world. Whichever party gets to form the city government should have the complete authority over policing, transport and utilities and all problems will be solved. We in Karachi cannot be governed by elected representatives who are from outside of Karachi, so GET UP KARACHI which includes everybody who feels he or she is Karachi and raise voice for a powerful city government

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  • True Karachiwala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 12:45PM

    @Aysha M:
    Please leave MQM alone. Let them do what they think is right. Let them burn down Karachi.

    Can you feel ashamed of yourself being an ID thief ?

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  • Ali Baloch
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:59PM

    @Aysha M:
    You live in Karachi that’s true but Karachi is a part of Sindh and will remain a part of Sindh you have a problem with Sindhi law makers my advise is to go back to where ever you came from.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:28PM

    @Peshawer101:
    let it come again at least there will be peace again in Karachi for the next 15 or 20 year.

    Please do not utter such sweeping renarks. That operation has been admitted as based on fabricated allegations by the very persons who conceived and executed it.
    This operation has done exactly what drones are doing to your area. Please be balance !

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  • True Karachiwala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:31PM

    @Saleem:
    Can you remember aftermath of BB murder?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:36PM

    All these comments make my belief stronger that Urban Sindhis will have to keep themselves united otherwise there will be no one in Pakistan to help us in case of any genocide.

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  • korangiwala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 6:45PM

    The solution should be reached and it would take some time as filtration process would take and land mafia , bhatta khor extortionists ,drug lords, gang lords all have to be eliminated it would involve some killings but afterall it would help the future and save thousands of life in the future

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  • Shamim
    Sep 13, 2013 - 8:41PM

    MQM being targeted by Rangers: Faisal Sabzwari

    People of Pakistan not forget the past when Karachi is handover to your party and you dispatch death bodies from Karachi to other province and also found the bodies of people who oppose your party in slack bags. While You claim 85% of mandate but not take responsibility of 85% peace in city. Now its cleared that every urdu speaking not with you.

    Please release Karachi from own fist and accept own position which changed and now you are not in position to blackmailing the Govt.

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  • sameer
    Sep 13, 2013 - 10:04PM

    Ali Baloch@ we are going nowhere..

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 14, 2013 - 7:55AM

    @Shamim:
    Interior Ministry has not been given to MQM for past 6 years so they really have no power to control the city.

    They(MQM) don’t even have Nazim or Metropolitan govt now, basically Provincial govt which belongs to PPP they hold all these powers and don’t really want to share with True representatives of Karachi people.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:36AM

    @Aysha M

    Totally agree with you on local policing, local governments and the great process they bring from the good of people. No issue at all but here is a question, “What exactly did MQM do in its last 13 years of Power” or say he last 5 years in power as trusted ally of PPP. How come no LG’s were formed etc?

    I hope for sake of Karachi and Lahore and for Pakistan, we get to have a real Local Government system but I think MQM leadership has no interest in it but use this to continue on the path to destroy Karachi.

    Regards

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:27PM

    No matter what Altaf or MQM think, Karachi is not their personal property and its people are not their prisoners. Karachi is a part of Pakistan, and belongs to all Pakistanis of all ethnic groups and religions. Pashtuns, Baloch, Sindhis, and Punjabis are as much a part of Karachi as anyone else.

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