Raid on Nine Zero: PTI, JI demand action against MQM

Question recovery of stolen Nato arms, wanted criminals from Nine Zero

Our Correspondents March 12, 2015
Question recovery of stolen Nato arms, wanted criminals from Nine Zero.

ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI:  The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) on Wednesday expressed concerns over Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) move to bring 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 regretted the killing of an unarmed MQM worker during the operation, and demanded that “an investigation must take place to determine as to who was behind the killing, as Rangers have stated he was killed by a TT pistol not a Rangers’ weapon.”

Mazari asked how stolen arms, especially Nato weapons, were found at Nine Zero, and why wanted men were being sheltered there.

JI demands public disclosure

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has demanded the government to disclose entire details of Rangers’ operation at the MQM headquarters to unveil the ‘real face’ of ‘anti-state elements’ before the public.

JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said on Wednesday that the paramilitary force’s spokesperson, Colonel Tahir Mehmood, had confirmed that the arms and ammunition stolen from Nato containers were seized from the MQM headquarters.

“We demanded earlier, and we demand again to include MQM’s Senator Babar Ghauri in the investigations, as he was the federal minister for ports and shipping at that time,” he added.

He said Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government should stop offering a shelter to MQM’s terrorist activities.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2015.


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