Nine-Zero raid: Rangers to detain 27 MQM suspects for 90 days

Published: March 12, 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 A file photo of Rangers. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE Question recovery of stolen Nato arms, wanted criminals from Nine Zero. Criminals arrested during the raid also expected to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: A day after the Rangers conducted a raid at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s headquarters Nine Zero and arrested dozens of activists, at least 27 suspects were presented before an anti-terrorism court on Thursday.

Contrary to earlier reports that suspects not involved in any criminal cases would be released, the Rangers plans to detain the 26 suspects on a 90 days preventive detention while a joint interrogation team (JIT) is also likely to be formed for further investigation.

Rangers claimed that they apprehended nearly half a dozen target killers – including Faisal Mehmood, aka Mota, who was condemned to death by a court over his involvement in the murder of television journalist Wali Khan Babar.

MQM’s coordination committee member Amir Khan is also in the custody of Rangers for investigation.

Nadir Shah who is also convicted and sentenced 13 years imprisonment, Farhan Shabbir alias Mullah, Amir, Ubaid K-2 and Nooruddin Subhani are among the 26 alleged targeted killers arrested during a series of targeted raids at surrounding areas of Nine-Zero on Wednesday.

Later during the day, Rangers handed over three MQM workers, to Azizabad police after no evidence of criminal activities was found against them during investigations.

Early on Friday morning, 19 more detainees were released, including Ghulam Subhani.

The workers were identified as Pervez Alam, Khurram and Azeem and are members of MQM’s information department. They will be released after completion of formalities.

Earlier today, explaining the reasons for conducting the raid on MQM headquarters, Rangers spokesperson said the paramilitary force had information that Nine-Zero has become a no-go area.

“We also knew that the criminals were present on the premises, ” he added.

The spokesperson further said that the raid was carried out on the orders of the Supreme Court and under the powers granted to Rangers by the federal government.

Earlier today, Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar also visited Sindh Rangers Headquarters in Karachi and met Sindh Rangers Director-General Bilal Akbar who briefed him on the law and order situation in the city.

He also inspected weapons that were seized in various targeted operations yesterday including those recovered from MQM headquarters.

Mukhtar appreciated the efforts of Rangers officials in successfully carrying out operations in the city.

Karachi security situation

Business activities resumed in Karachi a day after Rangers’s early morning raid on Nine-Zero during which they arrested several people and seized a huge cache of weapons.

Read: One dead, several injured as Rangers raid MQM headquarters

Petrol stations, markets and education institutions including Karachi University remained closed till early morning.

Read: Law and [dis]order: City shuts down after Rangers’ raid

Unidentified men had also set a bus on fire in Korangi No 5 in the early hours of the day.

                                          An Express News Screengrab of the bus.

Trade union announced that it will make sure that the trade centres remain open.

MQM’s Raabta Committee had claimed Rangers personnel forcefully raided and ransacked the MQM’s head office.

Further, five criminals arrested during the raid yesterday are expected to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.

The miscreants include Faisal Mahmood alias ‘Faisal Mota’ – the convicted killer of Wali Babar.

Read: Rangers raid: Man sentenced in Wali Babar case found

“No suspects have been released as yet,” a Rangers officials said.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Raisani
    Mar 12, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Army is the only hope left for taking stern action against the mafias of this country. Keep it up!Recommend

  • citizen
    Mar 12, 2015 - 12:55PM

    and Now MQM start burning cityRecommend

  • Quintessence
    Mar 12, 2015 - 1:08PM

    We want the law enforcement agencies to deal such mafias with iron hand without any pressure from their sympathizers like PPP who go hand in hand with MQM. The commotion in Senate, questioning the raid is shameful. Nobody is above the law be it political party or a terrorist organization.Recommend

  • anjum amin
    Mar 12, 2015 - 1:23PM

    The country in general & Karachi in particular require action against all criminals / areas harboring criminals be it Sohrab Goth, Mangpir, Kati Parhi or for that matter Bilawal House.Recommend

  • ahmer
    Mar 12, 2015 - 2:15PM

    So..there are warrants out for Imran khan and Tahir ul Qadri for attacking parliament and PTV….why is there no action there…Recommend

  • ahmer
    Mar 12, 2015 - 2:53PM

    @ ahmer

    because they are not hardcore killers. Pakistani’s live are not important than buildings.Recommend

  • abbasi
    Mar 12, 2015 - 2:56PM

    Dear,

    ALL criminals must be dealt in the manner rangers have conducted the raid and how to withdraw once some political party workers came to see the bloodRecommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 12, 2015 - 3:25PM

    @citizen:
    “and Now MQM start burning city”,
    No my friend, gone are those days. Now MQM’s Balloon has been deflated. Recommend

  • Resident-Khi
    Mar 12, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Good Job Rangers!! It should be for all political parties particularly in Karachi. Waiting to see same for other parties as well someone called mirza, I guess !!!Recommend

  • Thunder
    Mar 12, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Even the government is scared of taking responsibility for the raid, saying it was ordered by suprem court. What a shame!Recommend

  • Jam
    Mar 12, 2015 - 4:43PM

    @Raisani:
    Rangers are not army. Do you automatically conclude that anyone in a uniform and carrying an assault rifle is army?Recommend

  • azmat
    Mar 12, 2015 - 4:46PM

    What a Bollywood style gangster / underworld movie script. Amir Khan and Afaq Ahmad worked for MQM till they fell out with Altaf and form MQM haqeeqi. For about a decade, the streets of Karachi go red with the blood of innocents and guilty alike because of the war between MQM Altaf and MQM Haqeqi. Altaf plays on Musharraf,s weakness (lack of grass root support) and takes the lion’s share in Mush’s govt. It starts persecuting the Haqeeqi leaders and in 2004, send Afaq Ahmad to jail on murder charges. After more then a decade, one of them (Amir Khan) patches up his differences with Altaf after and the later “pardons” him. Amir Khan regains Altaf’s confidence in the next couple of years so much so that he becomes the head of Rabita committee. And then the climax – Amir Khan tips of the rangers about the presence of hard core criminals in the MQM headquarters and takes his sweat revenge on Altaf. Laikin – “picture abhi baqi hai mere dost”. Will Altaf strike back ? Will Amir Khan turn an approver against Altaf Hussain ? Will AH manage to get him killed in the rangers custody? Will it create rifts in the MQM ? What an edge of the seat thriller we got on our hands. Who needs Bollywood :))Recommend

  • seezar
    Mar 12, 2015 - 5:01PM

    well done sindh Rangers for managing and executing ooeration which was much needed to show the power of forces to terrorists. I hope and wish that criminals recovered from 90 shall be brought to justice soon.. ameen.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 12, 2015 - 5:15PM

    @Jam Dear friend, for your kind information and correction, the DG Rangers reports to Army chief.Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Mar 12, 2015 - 6:29PM

    Keep playing with Karachi till you realize you are left with one more part of the country off it! Wake up pls.Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 12, 2015 - 6:50PM

    @ahmer:
    if IK and Qadri not arrested..its a fault of the state and police but that doesnt mean that 90 can become a heaven of target killers and a no go area..make a judgement based on the merit of the individual action rather than blaming other casesRecommend

  • usman777
    Mar 12, 2015 - 6:54PM

    I am a “muhajir” and I fully support this action against criminal element.
    I ask that each ethnicity stand with me against all other criminal elements as well.

    The day we all do that, all of Pakistan will bloom inshallah.Recommend

  • Sal
    Mar 12, 2015 - 7:21PM

    @Naeem Ahmad @Hassan Askari
    Dear MQM, I’m punjabi (a proud punjabi)
    and I support MQM and Musharraf. I know you are not perfect, cause politics is politics. But you are the only party who makes sense, who believes in equality and who supports the common man. So not all punjabis are thugs ;). You don’t only have Urdu speaking supporters but also a lot sane punjabis, Sindhis, Pathans (barrister saif) in your party.
    My prayers with you. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 12, 2015 - 8:45PM

    Without independence verification tribune should not quoted weapon as NATO Stolen specially after denial by US State dept. Recommend

  • Ali Khanzada
    Mar 13, 2015 - 12:09AM

    boht bura hua mqm k sath ye ywrRecommend

  • Knight Khan
    Mar 13, 2015 - 9:46AM

    @Ali:
    Why do you think Babar Ghuri was made minister of Port & Shipping and during that specific period of time Taliban got their hands on NATO containers near Torkahm border ??? Wake up bro they would now have accumulated so much arsenal that MQM could be another challenge for Pakistani state (under umbrella of US) like Taliban. It was necessary to curb themRecommend

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