One dead, several injured as Rangers raid MQM headquarters

Published: March 11, 2015
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A paramilitary soldier stands beside detained supporters during a raid on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party's headquarters, in Karachi on March 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

A paramilitary soldier stands beside detained supporters during a raid on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party's headquarters, in Karachi on March 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

A paramilitary soldier stands beside detained supporters during a raid on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party's headquarters, in Karachi on March 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS  PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS

KARACHI: In a targeted operation in the wee hours of Wednesday, Rangers carried out a raid at Nine-Zero, the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi, with the party claiming that several leaders had been arrested.

In a statement issued hours after the start of the operation, the MQM’s Raabta Committee said Rangers personnel had forcefully raided and ransacked the MQM’s head office.

1:12am

12:20am

Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali has termed Rangers targeted raid on nine-zero a ‘positive step’ towards elimination of militants from Karachi.

Justifying the raid, the minister said that paramilitary forces had done ‘nothing wrong or unlawful’.

11:55pm

A five member MQM delegation met Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah.

9:55pm

MQM leaders have yet to decide on a future course of action following the Rangers raid on their party headquarters.

Meanwhile, a MQM leader told our correspondent Rabia Ali that the party may announce its plan after the funeral of slain party worker Waqas is held.

8:02pm

7:59pm

In 2013, the then DG Rangers told the Supreme Court: “In the past, with the connivance of the then minister of shipping, a shipload of arms and ammunition was brought into Karachi and the whereabouts of such arms and ammunition has never been ascertained.”

Read on: Karachi suo motu case: SC forms panel to probe arms shipment charge

Following this, in September 2013, the Supreme Court SC had observed that the unchecked smuggling of arms through ports left the impression that the crime was done with the connivance of security agencies.

Read on: Made in India, Israel, US: Karachi flush with arms, says SC

7:04pm

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) on Wednesday expressed concerns over Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) move to put the port city of Karachi to a standstill following a raid by the Ranger’s at Nine Zero, the headquarters of MQM, and said all political parties must disassociate from militias and mafias.

PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari expressed concern over bringing life in Karachi to a halt, once again by the MQM, said a statement.

Read here for the full story.

6:24pm

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi President Ali Zaidi questioned the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the aftermath of a Rangers raid on MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

While condemning the killing of MQM worker Waqas Ali Shah, Zaidi upheld the allegations levied against the MQM by the Rangers today and endorsed former Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza’s statements.

Read the full story here.

6:00pm

PHOTO: TOOBA MASOOD

5:37pm

A Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker was shot dead during aerial firing following a raid conducted by the Rangers’ at the party’s headquarters in Karachi Wednesday morning.

Syed Waqas Ali Shah, who was a member of the MQM Central Information Committee, was photographed moments before his death, protesting outside Nine Zero.

Shah was set to get engaged on Saturday, followed by a wedding after six months.

“He died protecting our women. I was with him,” said Shah’s closest friend, Ahsan Khan, who is also a member of the party.

Read a profile on him here.

5:09pm

Former president Asif Ali Zardari spoke with MQM chief Altaf Hussain via telephone. Zardari says the raid was an unfortunate incident, and expressed grief over it, our correspondent Rabia Ali reports.

3:04pm

VIDEO: MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari says weapons present inside party headquarters are all licensed

3:00pm

MQM’s Rabita Committee has summoned a meeting in regard to the incident, our correspondent Rabia Ali reports.

2:43pm

PHOTO: TOOBA MASOOD

2:31pm

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi President Ali Zaidi, in the aftermath of the Rangers’ raid on the MQM Headquarters Nine Zero in Karachi, said the Pakistan Rangers have made very serious allegations on MQM and raised a bunch of questions regarding the incident

He questioned why wanted criminals and target killers were found in Nine Zero, what Faisal Mahmood alias ‘Faisal Motal’ – the convicted killer of Wali Babar – was doing at Nine Zero. He questioned why Aamir Khan was protecting them, and how weapons stolen from Nato containers reached 90.

The questions were also raised earlier by Zulfiqar Mirza.

Zaidi demanded that all target killers should be caught in Karachi, irrespective of their political affiliation, and be tried in military courts.

He also questioned why every other criminal activity points towards the MQM.

1:05pm

MQM chief Altaf Hussain has started his address to party workers and supporters gathered outside Nine-Zero.

Asking his supporters to remain calm in these trying times, Altaf called on human rights activists to raise their voice against this ‘brutality’.

“Rangers personnel arrested whoever they found inside Nine-Zero without any search warrant,” he said, condemning how law was ‘abused’ during the operation.

Altaf claimed MQM is the only party whose offices have been raided in the country. “Am I not a Pakistani or a Muslim,” he questioned, while criticising the behaviour of security personnel who conduct these raids.

“I cannot even repeat the words used against our workers and their families,” he said, claiming that over 60 people were arrested during the latest raid.

He further questioned why there is no operation against any other political party despite Supreme Court verdict which states that every party in the city has a militant wing.

Women at Nine Zero listening to MQM Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: RABIA ALI

Responding to Rangers claim that MQM worker Waqas was not killed by them, MQM lashed out at the paramilitary force for murdering an innocent and then denying it.

“Rangers claim Waqas was shot with a 9mm bullet and not with a weapon used by Rangers officials,” Altaf said. The female supporters objected to this claim, stating they saw with their own eyes how Waqas was fatally shot when Rangers resorted to aerial firing.

Altaf further claimed his sister Saira Begum was verbally abused when Rangers personnel raided her house.

Weapons recovered during raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The party chief alleged that Rangers personnel had brought weapons with them and the ammunition did not belong to MQM. “Rangers, for unknown reasons, have something against our party; we don’t have the strength to fight them and so we can only pray for the lost lives,” he said.

“The establishment cannot stand MQM; we will hand over our party to Rangers,” he added.

1:10pm

Rangers release a photograph of Nooruddin Subhani, a suspect who was arrested during the raid.

 

 

1:01pm

MQM leaders have called on PM Nawaz and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to take notice of the Rangers raid.

12:54pm

Rangers have further released the picture of Ubaid K-2 who was arrested along with other suspects during the raid.

 

12:49pm

MQM leaders and supporters have been asked to gather outside the party headquarters Nine-Zero where the party chief and senior leaders are expected to addressed the media and announce their course of action in the wake of Rangers raid.

12:46pm

Responding to accusations that ruling party PML-N was behind the raid, party leader Raja Zafarul Haq said PML-N is wrongly accused.

12:31pm

Rangers and police personnel are holding a flag march in Karachi’s Orangi Town to ensure security.

The march included a big contingent of police officers and ten police mobile.

Despite heavy presence of security personnel, shops in the area remained closed.

12:26pm

MQM leader Babar Ghauri, addressing the media in Islamabad, thanked fellow senators for walking out of the upper house in protest against the raid on MQM headquarters in Karachi.

12:18pm

Rangers have released pictures of weapons seized during the raid and of Faisal Mota who is the main accused in Wali Khan Babar murder case.

 

Picture of Faisal Mota released by Rangers. 

Absconder Faisal Mota was sentenced to death in Wali Babar’s murder case in 2014. Then police chief had announced a reward of Rs2 million for anyone who would assist in his arrest. Faisal’s name was also put on the Exit Control List.

12:09pm

MQM announces peaceful protest across the country, while calling for shutter-down strike in Hyderabad, Sukkur and other parts of Sindh.

Certain areas in Karachi have shut down completely with no business activities taking place. Schools across the city are closed, while exams in University of Karachi and Federal Urdu University are canceled. Petrol pumps are also not operating as usual, with very little public transport seen on the roads.

11:55am

Although MQM members have been arrested before, there has not been an incursion into the party’s heavily defended headquarters since the military raided it in 1992, Reuters reported.

MQM’s opponents say the party engages in extortion and frequently kills opposition activists. The MQM denies the allegations, saying its own party workers are targeted by others.

11:48am

Unidentified men are reportedly forcing traders to close their shops and halt business activities. A rickshaw was also torched in the Liaquatabad area.

Rangers and police personnel are investigating who is behind these acts.

11:38am

Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo said police personnel are on duty to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.

“Attempts to sabotage peace in Karachi will be dealt accordingly,” he said, adding that protection will be provided to all ‘peaceful’ citizens who want to continue with their daily activities including traders and transporters.

He further asked everyone to report to police in case of security threats.

11:35am

Governor Ishratul Ebad has contacted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and DG Rangers Major General Bilal to discuss the current law and order situation in Karachi.

11:17am

MQM leader Khalid Maqbool told Express News that Nine-Zero is not a no-go area but a security zone where MQM leaders work.

He rejected all claims of criminal elements present inside the party headquarters.

“Hurting Karachi’s popular party is doing disservice to Pakistan,” he said.

11:10am

DG Rangers has issued strict instruction to maintain law and order in the city and arrest miscreants trying to disrupt peace.

He further asked the residents of the city to immediately inform Rangers personnel of any unlawful activity on helpline 1101 so action can be taken swiftly.

10:55am

Scores of female MQM workers are also present in Azizabad, protesting against the raid.

As demonstrations spread to other parts of the city and Hyderabad, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has contacted Rangers officials, inquiring about the raid.

He has asked for a report on the raid from IG Sindh and DG Rangers.

10:51am

Condemning the raid on his sister’s house, MQM leader Altaf Hussain said Rangers will be responsible if something happens to his sister.

The house of MQM chief’s sister Saira Begum was raided as part of the search operation conducted in Azizabad.

The 68-year-old, who is a widow, is MQM chief’s eldest sibling. She was living in a house near Nine-Zero and was allegedly manhandled during the operation.

10:41am

Unidentified men have closed road leading to National Highway and Malir Model Colony railway track.

The armed men also pelted stones on the vehicles nearby.

10:32am

Speaking to the media, MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari said weapons present inside the party headquarters are all licensed, however, Rangers spokesperson said he has not seen any official document as yet.

The MQM leader said his party workers, supporters and leaders did not resist the Rangers operation as they believe in rule of law and will remain calm.

“We have kept weapons at Nine-Zero due to the prevailing security situation particularly the threats from Taliban,” Sabzwari added.

10:21am

Rangers spokesperson said five suspects including one involved in the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar were arrested during the raid .

The spokesperson said Faisal Mota was wanted by police in the murder case. The other suspects are identified as Farhan Shabbir aka Mullah, Amir, Nadir and Ubaid aka K-2.

Wail Babar, a 28-year-old journalist, was shot dead in the Liaquatabad locality while driving home from office in the limits of the Super Market police station on January 13, 2011. He reported on drugs, crime, militancy and deadly turf struggles between the city’s main political parties.

10:18am

Rangers official Colonel Tahir, while speaking to the media, said the raid inside and around Nine-Zero was conducted on a tip-off regarding presence of criminals in the area.

Tahir said weapons, earlier stolen from Nato containers, were seized during the raid. “Certain ammunition recovered is banned in Pakistan,” he added.

He said target killers and other offenders were arrested during the operation.

The colonel also said no MNA or MPA was arrested during the search, however, he said MQM leader Amir Khan was held for questioning and will be allowed to leave once the interrogation is over. “Amir will be questioned why were criminals present inside Nine-Zero,” he explained.

Tahir asked transporters and traders to continue with their activities.

10:07am

MQM chief Altaf Hussain called for calm and condemned the raid.

An MQM leader alleged that Rangers personnel planted the weapons inside Nine-Zero during the raid.

9:53am

All Private Schools Association has announced closure of schools due to the uncertain security situation in the city.

Examinations scheduled for today at University of Karachi and Federal Urdu University have also been postponed.

9:50am

No one is allowed to go near Nine-Zero despite more MQM workers joining protesters outside the party headquarters.

Demonstrators have called for registration of an FIR against Rangers for killing and injuring MQM supporters during the raid.

MQM leaders Wasey Jalil and Faisal Sabzwari have also joined party supporters in protest against Rangers personnel.

9:47am

Emergency has been declared at all government-run hospitals.

9:46am

Sophisticated foreign weapons were recovered from Nine-Zero during the raid.

Rangers personnel have sealed Khursheed Memorial Hall in Azizabad.

Watch a video of Rangers conducting the raid:

9:37am

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, while speaking to Express News, condemned the raid at a time when the country needs unity to fight war against terrorism.

Rizvi, on behalf of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, asked party supporters to not take law in their hand and stay calm.

9:33am

Party workers are still present outside Nine-Zero, chanting slogans against Rangers’ raid during which at least 35 MQM members and supporters were arrested.

The arrested men include MQM leader Amir Khan, Abdul Haseeb and Rehan Khan.

9:30am

With MQM supporters gathered outside Nine-Zero, Rangers personnel resorted to aerial firing to disperse the people.

MQM worker Waqas, who worked at party’s information department, was killed because of the shooting.

Several party workers including women and cameraman of Express News Waseem were also injured in the incident.

9:24am

Karachi comes to a standstill after Nine-Zero raid, with schools cancelling classes in the wake of city’s security situation.

9:20am

MQM leaders claimed Rangers conducted a “siege and search operation” at Nine-Zero, and arrested several leaders of the political party.

9:18am

The party said that several members had been arrested, including central leaders Amir Khan, Abdul Haseeb, Dr Saleem Danish, Arshad Hussain, Dr Ayub Sheikh, and Sindh Assembly lawmaker Rehan Zafar.

Further, the party announced that it would observe a “day of peaceful protest” on Wednesday, while urging transporters and traders to keep their businesses and commercial activities suspended.

The Raabta Committee also urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take immediate notice of the incident.

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Reader Comments (90)

  • TSS
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:07AM

    better late than never ! Recommend

  • Zubair
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:16AM

    Thankyou General Raheel Sharif. You have given a loud and clear message against the terrorist. The people of Pakistan are counting only on you…Please dont disappoint us!Recommend

  • Karachi wala
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Nice job sindh rangers. eliminate all these terrorists.Recommend

  • Salman Nisar
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:22AM

    Well Done Rangers… let the operation clean sweep Karachi start!Recommend

  • zohaib
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:27AM

    Unortunately, this is the act against democracy in Pakistan. Pakistani establishment is trying to destabilise the system and the country they haven’t learned anything from the tragedy of bangladesh and balochistan. it Pak rangers who will be responsible of drifting pakistani federation awayRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:37AM

    About time. Recommend

  • Akmal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:38AM

    Well done To Pak Rangers
    Salam Rangers
    keep it upRecommend

  • far
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:44AM

    Atlast…Allah has listened to our prayers ….may Allah protect rangers Aameen suma AameenRecommend

  • Mir Taqi
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:49AM

    GOVERNMENT: Please put an end to MQM’s politics of violence, intolerance, vandalism and disruption of public life…Recommend

  • Mr.been
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:53AM

    this is Excellent regarding peace processRecommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:54AM

    Ya Allah Khair… I am sure there will be a call for shutter-down strike in Karachi by MQM..Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:54AM

    Criminals are criminals. No matter to what party they belong to.Recommend

  • Pity
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:58AM

    Finally!!Recommend

  • Khawar Butt
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:59AM

    From Khyber to Karachi, peace must be restored. Long live Sind Rangers.Recommend

  • Free Soul
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:59AM

    Pakistan Rangers (Sind), keep it up !!!!!!Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:00AM

    Great work Rangers! Please continue and don’t leave these terrorists due to political pressure.Recommend

  • Aysha M
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:00AM

    Thank you moderators for not putting any of my comments throughRecommend

  • Salman
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Better late then never. No tolerance for terrorism!! Very good move !!!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:04AM

    It is not good and this leads to collapse the economy.

    Hope everyone has watch the Pakistani cricket team without sarfaraz how Pakistani behave. Pakistan is not all Punjab only.

    Think we are also brothers. IF we are…..than all parties are….. Recommend

  • omar
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:06AM

    well done rangers, we support you and pakistan army 100%. the nation stands behind you, karachi stands behind you.Recommend

  • Positive Pakistani
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:07AM

    Poor rangers….never got a chance to clear Lyari and Sohrab Goth……so let’s try nine zero……:)Recommend

  • sabundani
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:07AM

    Well done Rangers. The begining of the end to mobile phone theft in Karachi (as well as kidnapping and terrorism).Recommend

  • Liberal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:09AM

    We are thankful to Sindh Rangers. Eliminate these terrorists from Karachi. Recommend

  • usman
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Good job. Please expose all the culprits too

    9:46am
    Sophisticated foreign weapons were recovered from Nine-Zero during the raid.Recommend

  • Anum
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Well done Rangers!Recommend

  • Bari
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:15AM

    Rangers can’t do anything. Army had done this mistake before and created a monster repeating it again will not make any difference. Rangers are in Karachi for more than 15 year and done nothing just pass time like govt servants every after 5 6 year did some show off and then rest in peace. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:19AM

    Very sad. MQM needs to understand now that there will not be any space for coercion and terror in Pakistani politics. Thats what I wish for.Recommend

  • shayan jafry
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:23AM

    MQM will not participate in the upcoming election or will be banned. PTI will take 20 seats from Karachi and Hyderabad to go with 30 seats now and offcourse few additional seats and in the next elections form the government.

    The only issue despite being pathetic parties PPP and MQM are the only ones who openly opposes Taliban whereas all the other parties play double games……. so r v yet not focusing on simply and on priority eradicating the Taliban cancer first??Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:26AM

    @ zohaib..You always copy paste this comment whenever MQM is caught doing terrorist activities.Cant you even change the wordings.Dont try to be a mullah like they claim religion is at stake once we catch them comitting crime.
    Its high time MQM is taught a lesson to respect Karachites .Good job rangers we need more of it.Recommend

  • Positive Pakistani
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:36AM

    I suppose the ‘freedom of speech’ rule applies to all……i asked one simple thing…..okay you have done with Nine-zero…..what about Lyari and Sohrab Goth???Recommend

  • Danny
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:39AM

    @zohaib: Another paranoid retarded media controlled entity whit no brain. Democracy is no more important than humanity and peace.
    I’m in foreign country and it is extremely regretful after watching these politicians properties who claim themself from common people.Recommend

  • EagleEye
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Faisal sabzwari said they didnt resist rangers because they believe in peace. Well as if they could resist rangers. JokeRecommend

  • saleem
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Para military forces like rangers are repeating the blunder which was done by pakistan army in former east pakistan. No force can fight against their own citizen. The recorded history shows that if army fights its own people, new countries are born and again shameless surrender of 90,000 troops can happen. Pakistan is not the property of any specific community, it belongs to all citizens of pakistan regardless of race, religion, color, caste, ethnicity, gender and physical disability. In fact karachi does not want to be a part of pakistan becsuse we earn and feed the hungry people of pakistan and when their stomach is full, they attack on innocent civilians which is a war crime. I strongly recommend those rangers must be arrested and executed in hague for attacking and killing civilians.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:47AM

    Much awaited operation. At last executed. Bravo Rangers. Keep it up. Encounter them all; clean Karachi the way it was cleaned in the days of Naseerullah Babar. People now know where NATO container went, why PNSC building was fired twice and who was the minister of ports and shipping at that time, and why no report and none caught in investigation?Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:52AM

    Good job :)Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:53AM

    Much awaited operation. At last executed. Bravo Rangers. Keep it up. Encounter them all; clean Karachi the way it was cleaned in the days of Naseerullah Babar. People now know:
    (a) where NATO missing containers went?
    (b) Who was the minister for ports and shipping when NATO containers went missing?
    (c) Who was Sindh home minister in those days?
    (d) How many weapon licenses were issued under Rauf Siddiqui and to whom? Everyone questions licences issued by Zulfi Mirza but none dares to put up the question for Rauf Siddiqui?
    (e) What was the criteria for recruitment in Karachi community police?
    (f) What were the reasons of PNSC building fire?
    (g) Who was master mind of 12 May debacle?

    These are unanswered questions and haunt minds of sane people of Sindh this day. Recommend

  • Latif
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Great job by Rangers at a time when we need them most. Keep it up Rangers.Recommend

  • Gemini
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:03AM

    @zohaib: You guys don’t have balls to do something like baloch’s. You guys continuously comparing yourself with baloch’s and other rebels. But your reality is you are goons and you can only fight innocent people and can harass them. It’s time to finish this curse. And yes that NATO container case against Babar Gouhri now it seems real as they have found arms and ammunition from MQM headquarter.Recommend

  • Pity
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:05AM

    @Positive Pakistani:
    They have to start somewhere, why not from the hub of it all, nine zero? Recommend

  • Gemini
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:06AM

    @shayan jafry: I think those weapons were bought to fight against Taliban’s am i right :PRecommend

  • Usman
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:23AM

    @Aysha M:
    Yes, they at times do not publish ACTUALLY important viewpoints…Recommend

  • kamran ahmad
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:39AM

    well done DG Ranger
    this is 11-March 2015—Ranger raid 90
    since 18-March 1984—MQM Start
    bad History from startRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:03PM

    The awkward yet happy moment when start liking every single published comment….we are with you Pakistan Army! Let’s make it City of lights again!Recommend

  • ss
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:13PM

    I assume the raids will continue until lyari and sorab goth are cleared also. 1 thug less policy wont workRecommend

  • IA
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:21PM

    Great Job!!

    Pak Fauj Zindabad.Recommend

  • Irfan Sheikh
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:22PM

    Great Job!

    Pak Fauj Zindabad.Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:22PM

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

    So true to Karachi, where the bigger culprits roam around in Land Cruisers with their party flags and with heavy police protocol, and the people with specific ethnic background struggle to be treated atleast fairly, if not equally. Recommend

  • True Karachiite
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:28PM

    First MQM calls for conducting operation against terrorists and when action is taken against them, they start protesting. The worst thing ever happened to Karachi is the emergence of MQM. Et publish. Recommend

  • Voice of KARACHI
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:29PM

    impose a “BAN on MQM right now”Recommend

  • True Karachiite
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:34PM

    @ss:
    First let them clean out the hub of it all that is nine zero.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:39PM

    A moment of silence for those who believe MQM is ‘pure and innocent’ Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:46PM

    I don’t know, a day after controversial senate elections makes things shady.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2015 - 12:47PM

    very good Rangers…Recommend

  • Muslim
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:15PM

    this is all about bt Baad-duas of Karachi inocent people
    well done Pak.Ranger keep it.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2015 - 1:17PM

    Well done Rangers! (y)Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2015 - 1:19PM

    Faisal sabzwari said they didnt resist rangers because they believe in peace. Well as if they could resist rangers. JokeRecommend

  • karachi
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:25PM

    Thanks to rangers and interior minster for such a bold step. karachi is with rangers.Recommend

  • rkh
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:40PM

    @Voice of KARACHI:
    why band..? you should band all political party not only one.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:46PM

    @Hairaan:
    And therefore action should be taken against the criminals of all parties, not just single out one ethnic community and target it. Lyari has been the hub of all that is evil, but I don’t recall a single operation being conducted that actually eliminated and cleaned all the criminals from that area. Why? Because it the doesn’t serve the purpose of the powers that be (actually the criminals there are supported by them, help to keep MQM in check)Recommend

  • awaam
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:57PM

    Rangers doing to MQM what Waqar Younis did to Sarfraz AhmedRecommend

  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Mar 11, 2015 - 2:01PM

    I am not the supporter of MQM but the raid should not be conducted on any party’s headquarters, like 90, Mardan house, Bilawal house, rai wind etc. The criminals can be arrested via informers/intelligence tips when they are outside the party’s headquarters. Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 11, 2015 - 2:07PM

    I am proud of my forces after long timeRecommend

  • ab
    Mar 11, 2015 - 2:53PM

    historic day for KarachiRecommend

  • Alam
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Keep Going Rangers You are our men (y)Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:24PM

    Where is Governor Sindh. To which party does he belong.Recommend

  • Qaiser
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Good job Rangers….. Hatts off to you….. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:31PM

    excellent job done………dont let them goRecommend

  • Alter Ego
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:35PM

    @Syed Zulfiqar:
    Criminals should be arrested no matter where they are hidingRecommend

  • Firoze
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:54PM

    People don’t know the difference between rangers and army. Looks like army propaganda is working wonders. Even when others do something good the army gets all the credit!Recommend

  • Wasim
    Mar 11, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Good start.. unless we treat criminals as criminals we will not move forward.. MQM is mafia they have separate wings to cover politics, media, militancy…. its time to cut their militant wing and ask them to do politics without arms.Recommend

  • EMAD
    Mar 11, 2015 - 5:26PM

    Delighted; Grateful; Thankful; Hopeful, Pakistan Rangers = RespectRecommend

  • Usman
    Mar 11, 2015 - 5:41PM

    @zohaib: You know, Why we don’t prosper? Very Simple. When such actions are taken against terrorists and non-state actors, people like you come and start crying like this. But let me remind you something, this will not be the case from now on. Now, people of Pakistan with their Army,Rangers and Police will eliminate such brutal and vandalism actors from their society. Recommend

  • MJ
    Mar 11, 2015 - 7:39PM

    Priorities .. priorities. We need similar actions against all armed and militant wings. TTP in Punjab is given a free reign to recruit, train and fund terrorists. Liyari and Sohrab Goth have stock piles of sophisticated weapons and criminals from both PPP and TTP that are now congratulating each other as MQM, the only party that was providing some resistance to them is being pressurized. I am all for getting rid of the Bhatta mafia that operates under the protection of MQM but the operation should be wider and not directed towards one party only.Recommend

  • Jahandad
    Mar 11, 2015 - 7:41PM

    @AK:
    He belongs to a terrorist party called MQM (actually Masoom Qatil Movement) a.k.a Mutahida Qaumi MovementRecommend

  • Petrolhead
    Mar 11, 2015 - 7:49PM

    Die-hard MQM supporters can choose to ignore the following news/fact and continue playing the perennial victims:

    Rangers official Colonel Tahir, while speaking to the media, said the raid inside and around Nine-Zero was conducted on a tip-off regarding presence of criminals in the area.

    Tahir said weapons, earlier stolen from Nato containers, were seized during the raid. “Certain ammunition recovered is banned in Pakistan,” he added.Recommend

  • Altaf Kutta
    Mar 11, 2015 - 7:59PM

    I hope this time Rangers will clean the mess & bring Altaf & his terrorist organization to justice. WELL DONE RANGERS. WELL DONE RAHEEL SHARIFRecommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:06PM

    I am waiting for the time when this person would say

    “Rangers operation against Abul Aziz of Lal Majsid is a positive step”

    Cowards like these have ruined Pakistan.

    This is the mindset because of which Bangladesh sided with India.
    This is the mindset that Afghanistan now hates Pakistan and loves India
    This is the mindset why Balochs have risen up (supported by India etc)
    This is the mindset why a terrorist like Qadri is defended by Lahore High Court Chief Justice (former)
    This is the mindset that is afraid of TTP and wanted to talk with them
    This is the mindset that has let UAE flourish at expense of Karachi, PIA, Pakistan
    This is the mindset that does lip service to killing of Shiaz, Hazaras, Minorities
    This is the mindset that had looted billions and billions
    This is the mindset which criticizes USA but has no shame in making their family members US citizens
    This is the mindset that take orders, bheek from other countries

    But of course against MQM and Urdu speakers, they become Lion.

    Your policies have lead to division of Pakistan, your policies have led to killings of Muslims and non-Muslims, your policies of cowardace has led to killing of 150 children.

    Stop these political games in my city. If you are so much interested in Karachi then give us the local government system back, stop looting money generated from the city, invest in the city, talk to parties there when you can talk to terorrists and do a balanced operation against all

    You and people like Imran Khan are the biggest cowards whose leg shake in speaking against the terrorists. You are not interested in peace. It is the fact that MQm represents a community which does not give you vote – that bothers you. If anything you have implanted violence in city by sending refugees from afghanistan. You are trying your best to change the dynamics of this city to a tribal type dynamics. You forced creation of groups in the city.

    Inside you are happy…you are pleased that city has gone backwards. When Musharraf did something good you punished him. You did not like him supporting development.

    Educated Urdu speakers are leaving the country and you are happy. You want to implant chaos. That was your aim. Its like diverting violence while you remain happy in your province. However nature and God is fair..it will come back to haunt you..just like division of Pakistan you did not respect Bengalis.

    Shame on establishment, nawaz, imran and zardari. Even problems with MQM are because of you.Recommend

  • shigri
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:41PM

    Agencies must apprehend blacksheeps n extortionists to save Pakistan..irrespective of sect ,party,linguistic based.. Muhajirs r our bros..Recommend

  • MJ
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:52PM

    When are the rangers going to clean the Taliban elements from Kati Pahari & Sohrab Goth area? Has Karachi not lost a lot of good policemen due to attacks by these people in the recent past?Recommend

  • Abid Shah
    Mar 12, 2015 - 12:38AM

    Good thing of this raid is they produced picture of real criminal, unlike police raid who will claim to capture criminal but then put sack on the head and face of criminal – and next day you dont know who was arrested or released.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Mar 12, 2015 - 1:06AM

    its about time that we ask for separation from this land of pure!Recommend

  • Haris (Canada)
    Mar 12, 2015 - 2:32AM

    This unfortunate incident will only make MQM bigger and stronger “InshaAllah”. All these people commenting and using foul language against MQM, please continue to do so.. you might think that by expressing your anger and open discrimination you will break MQM… u people are nothing but fools… ur comments and ur hate towards MQM makes it look even more attractive. Perfect example is how west portrays Islam and how every time Islam comes out stronger and bigger… fastest growing religion in world… so please keep on trashing MQM.
    Question for all the haters out there:
    MQM the most organized and well disciplined party of Pakistan leaves all these illegal weapons out in the open in there HQ??? right… they could not possible find another place to store these weapons since they pretty much control the entire Karachi.
    All these target killers were just sitting at MQM HQ and enjoying a cup of tea eh?
    Come on people, wake up and try to think logically once in a while… Recommend

  • John
    Mar 12, 2015 - 5:29AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Did rangers bring wali khan babers killer in their pocket to 90 and where can one get license for weapons of banned bore good sir? And Why was a convicted murderer chilling out in “bhais” den? Mate, you can fool some people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people, all the time. Also please accept my condolences in advance for one of your start performer Saulat Mirza’s hanging, remember him? He was a hyper active MQM member and is about to be hanged. But i am sure MQM will find a replacement in less than fraction of a second.
    Good work Rangers, real proud of you, take out this gang of thugs which happens to have a political wing too !Recommend

  • Rabea
    Mar 12, 2015 - 7:09AM

    Finally these butchers are caught by someone.. I hope they will be hanged soon and more their fellows will also be caught. Recommend

  • observer
    Mar 12, 2015 - 8:17AM

    If Pakistani establishment had respected the Mohajirs as equal citizen and given them the rights they deserved, MQM would never have been created in the first place. Rather than using the military to attack its own citizen, the Establishment should address the grievance and discrimination of the community. Recommend

  • Amna
    Mar 12, 2015 - 10:28AM

    This was a false flag operation. I will explain why with smoke and mirrors. The pakistani government needed to establish credibility as a Lahorite on an inbound flight from Allam Iqbal Airport was arrested in Toronto

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/man-plotted-terror-attack-on-toronto-financial-district-tribunal-told/article23403130/

    The Canadian Border Security Agency apprehended Jahanzeb Malik on the 9th and hours before the news can get to the media outlets on the 11th, the Pakistani government decided to conduct an operation in Karachi. The Pakistani miltary now is in the good books of the Canadians apparently but we do not know for long. Nobody comparitively in Pakistan knows about Jahanzeb Malik but all know of the Karachi raid. Recommend

  • We want peace in Karachi
    Mar 12, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Weldone Rangers. Law is above all.Recommend

  • Mar 12, 2015 - 1:30PM

    good welldone ranger
    also seal 90 and all office mqm
    and justice in army courts Recommend

  • Rameez Mufti
    Mar 12, 2015 - 7:40PM

    @Petrolhead:
    Thanks!
    Altaf was yelling full-throttle that the (BANNED) weapons were brought by Rangers in blankets. Faisal Sabzi said weapons found were all licensed (even those BANNED in Pakistan!). Now that’s called classic communication mistake! The Brainless Head of the mafia (also claimed to be political party) says one thing, another brainless terrorist-supporter says another thing. You can fool some people all the time but not all people all the time, Altaf & Co.Recommend

  • world
    Mar 14, 2015 - 12:21PM

    keep it up sindh rangers….long live sindh rangers…please keep it up, please wipe out the mqm and their terrorists, bhta khore, killers from the surface of pakistan…Recommend

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