Rangers file case against MQM chief Altaf Hussain

Published: March 17, 2015
MQM leader Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

MQM leader Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: The Rangers filed a case on Tuesday against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain for allegedly threatening them.

A case has been registered in the Civil Lines police station on the request of Rangers spokesperson Colonel Tahir Mehmood.

The application has been filed against the MQM chief for threatening the Rangers spokesperson and other personnel following a pre-dawn raid on the MQM headquarters, Nine-Zero last week.

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

In the application the Rangers spokesperson upheld the MQM chief in an interview with Geo TV following the raid threatened Rangers personnel involved in the operation.

The MQM chief had said, “The have-beens of today in the paramilitary force will become the had-beens.”

According to police, the case has been registered under Anti-Terrorism Act with sections pertaining to issuing threats to law enforcement agencies.

“The FIR was registered under Section 506 of Pakistan Penal Code, that calls for punishment for criminal intimidation as well as Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 that calls for punishment for terrorist acts,” duty officer at Civil Lines police station said.

In a targeted operation in the wee hours of March 11, Rangers carried out a raid at Nine-Zero, with the party claiming that several leaders had been arrested.

Reacting to news of the case being registered, MQM’s Rabita Committee in a press release said that their legal and constitutional experts are examining the case and will draft a legal framework accordingly.

“The accusations pinned on the MQM chief are not true,” the statement said.

“In the past, cases were also registered against the MQM chief but we faced them,” it added.

Further, MQM leader Kishwar Zehra while speaking to The Express Tribune said, “The case registered by law enforcement agencies is a conspiracy against party chief Altaf Hussain.”

A copy of the FIR can be viewed here: 



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Reader Comments (59)

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:08PM

    Well done raheel sharif, you are man determined to put an end, woes of this unfortunate nationRecommend

  • abc
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:18PM

    must be placed behind bars with extensive court proceeding in military courts. All parties including PPP PMLN and ANP must face the same fate. Recommend

  • John
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:30PM

    Times have changed and those who dont chnage are swept away or aside.No more Politics of intimidation.Altaf Hussain you better realise its not 90’s anymore and neither is this Police that MQM will kill all cops incomved in operation against it and no one bats an eye,you are in for a surpirse Sir in case you have some others plan.Recommend

  • john
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:33PM

    If I was an MQM leader I would also file an FIR against Rangers for lying about taking Amir Khan for questioning and not arresting, subsequently file an FIR for an alleged murder of one of MQM’s worker killed on the day of raid. Also for missing person who were taken for questioning and so far have not been produced in courts.Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:46PM

    Another appreciated movement by rangers….Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:47PM

    Good going! We want the party to be banned and him to be tried in military courts.Recommend

  • Abid Shah
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:50PM

    Come on Rangers! This is normal way of talking for Altaf Bahi. He does not want confrontation with any law enforcement agency. He is such an innocent soul – he asks for forgiveness from Shireen Mazari and now you want him to ask for another forgiveness? Hope he also asks Allah for His mercy and forgiveness for killing thousands of Karachi innocent people.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:53PM

    Bhai, seems to b in trouble now.Recommend

  • saeed
    Mar 17, 2015 - 5:53PM

    Is this an attempt to divert the attention of the people from operation against TTP? Why would someone leave a real fight and take on a non-fight? May be they are looking for an easy target otherwise it does not make sense.Recommend

  • Ali Sher
    Mar 17, 2015 - 6:03PM

    Great! Rangers Zindabad.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Mar 17, 2015 - 6:04PM

    good, this action was over due. Now also expose the killers of Imran Farooq who are in our LEAs custody & hand them over to the UK govt…Recommend

  • IGK
    Mar 17, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Hope & Pray Rangers make Altaf an had been for peace in Karachi……….at last.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 17, 2015 - 6:32PM

    First case against Musharraf (an Urdu speaker) and now Altaf Hussain

    Imran Khan attacked parliament, his workers fought and were killed – no action from rangers
    Tahir Qadri – no case
    Ghazi terrorist – no case he is getting perks
    Attacker of Mumbai – living a lavish life
    Zulfiqar Mirza – roaming free

    My friends and family are telling me that this action has served as the biggest boast to MQM that anyone can give. No matter what the “so called Urdu speakers” here say the people i am in touch with are abusing rangers for their anti muhjair stand. They are also against violence and agreed with operation however the selected nature and humiliation of common man along with letting go terrorirsts who are killing christians, shias and innocents has rejuvenated Altaf Hussain.

    We will continue to vote for him and support his moderate and educated party. We will never vote for tribals and extremists. Just get lost from the city Recommend

  • Raheel
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:12PM

    This one sided operation will actually add lots of support base for MQM. People who were somewhat indifferent will now support MQM with full throttle. People can easily see the bias. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:14PM

    This is turning out to be a circus, despite not having any sympathies for Altaf Hussain. The conduct of the generals heading the rangers is becoming childish at best. It should have been the political government to handle the political aspects. But PMLN is nowhere to be found in a place where they don’t have any opportunity to get kickbacks and commissions. When in the world a small time trader has carried a nation out of a crisis.Recommend

  • Sohaib
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:37PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    “Just get lost from the city”! Sums up your moderation right there.Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:42PM

    would you like to make a plea that why perpetrators of model town massacre have not been arrested so forRecommend

  • Aliii
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Govt.should immediatly release information to Scotland yard specially those 2 arrested murdered.
    Lets deliver justice some how for the betterment of Karachi.
    Sympathies with all families who lost loved ones in Karachi by MQM or any other mafia including PPP / ANP.

    Justice is the only thing for Pakistan to get on to the track of progress & prosperity. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 17, 2015 - 7:56PM

    With PPP, PML(N) and MQM cases should also be filed against those who provided safe heaven to constitution violator, murderer of innocent people in Baluchistan and KP, anarchist and fake revolutionary thug. In reality compared to these murderers and anarchists PPP, PML(N) and MQM are angels. Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:03PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Imran Khan and Qadri might be fools but they dont have blood of thousands of innocents on their hands.
    No one collects bhatta in kpk and tahir ul qadri does not operate torture cells in his universities.
    See the difference.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:05PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Despite your best efforts ,this is not your city, you can ban no one from coming or going .Recommend

  • sarah tj
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:23PM

    @Hasan Askari: if these elements like mqm terrorist are not dealt with iron hands the city will be lost,and talking about urdu speakings what about those pakhtuns who got missing killed and displaced due to army operation and rangers operations so please don’t hide criminal act behind the smoke screen of lingual prejudice like your beloved BHAI.no one is going to by it this time.Recommend

  • Temur
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:00PM

    @Hasan Askari Stop trying to give this event a communal color. A Sindhi prime minister has been hanged and Nawaz Sharif was saved by the Saudis. Whenever something is done to cleanse Karachi from violence and terrorism these MQM supporters involve ethnicities and polarize the society. You guys should have left behind your communal thinking in Bihar.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:01PM

    Like every operation before they start with a dummy excuse (operation in interior sindh in 1992 and now Taliban) and it eventually ends against MQM. The intention is of course that they want to replace MQM with someone else. A puppet like Imran Khan. I believe in 2013 elections were rigged in favor of IK and therefore he got 10,000 votes on average.

    My issue is let the people decide and through living in Karachi I very well know that no one else can win there. Because I know the mindset. People connect only to MQM. They did a great job when local government there. Many of the families have members, their representative live among the people, they listen to people, they solve their problems and they give respect to Karachites. We have absolutely no connection with PTI – their leaders are on FB and twitter with no people power. MQM on the other hand is visible

    I am sure over the years it has some corruption but when you are not going to give them their due, disrespect them then elements will develop.

    And biggest killers are not MQM. That is a lie ….killers are lashkars, jaish, taliba, lal masjid, and each and every such killing machine is based on Punjab and NWFP. Do not fool people who don’t live in Pakistan. Problem in Karachi started when establishment brough refugees and settled them outside Karachi and many of the organizations setup their structure here. No Urdu speaker (or even Sindhi speaker) blows others up. All are in the end related to Punjab or NWFP

    Sort your issues and do not do conspiracy against the city. Let us choose who we want. Stop these dramas and focus on extremism in your province. When local government was there no violence was there in Karachi. Then you guys came back and started medlling in to loot money from the city.

    And I know how much people love justice…shezan bugti is caught hands down with arms and he is a respected leader because you are afraid of balochis who kill you on baisis of ethnicity. Lal Masjid imam is your respected leader. Shabaz Kills 30 innocents in model town and he is a respected leader. Ishaq dar has made billions in dubai. Zulfiqar mirza distributed 1 lakh arms.

    You can fool those outside of Pakistan or uneducated in Pakistan but not people of Karachi

    We want our own chosen leaders and we see MQM as the best option. period. IK needs to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations then he will be considered. Same goes with nawaz. Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:09PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    come out of your shell of fear and say it all what is in your mind instead, i can figure out your intentions, i am really shocked and it tends me to vomit when i went through your comments first time, we can tolerate status quo but it is something new even worse than status quo, come on dear come on, say it army has killed innocent peoples in Baluchistan, say it plz if you have courage again say it plz register an FIR against revolutioery thugs like PAT and PTI for killing peoples in model town and in Jhelum and Faisalabad, yes register an FIR against PTI AND PAT for killing peoples plz list be provided total number of peoples killed by theses thugs and attach an list of weapons found in their headquarters. ET print PLZ Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:20PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    I tried my best to find sect and ethnic basis of army and ranger but all in vain just in good faith and in your love for being a mohajirRecommend

  • saeed
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:20PM


    This is exactly the attitude that created MQM. Enough, living as a colony of punjab. No solution for karachitis except a separate province. We are not allowed in educational institutes, not allowed in district administration, no local bodies, no jobs in governent owned corporations, even muhajir created banks are sold to punjabis and moved to lahore.

    Jis khet se dehqan ko meyassar no ho rozi
    Us khet ke her khosha-e gandhum ko jala do.

    Not altaf husain, Allama Iqbal said it.Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:34PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    We are unfortunate for having peoples like you and ch. Allah daad, nincompoops need to be resurrectedRecommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:38PM

    without a strong political will to punish the crooked people and MQM there will be no peace in Pakistan. all the terrorists and the murderers must be punished without affiliation to the political party. it is not a metter of Urdu speaking or Punjabi speaking peopleRecommend

  • Out of Karachi
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:39PM

    As a ‘Muhajir’ I was forced to do another Hijrat – this time from Karachi to Canada. Here, after breathing the fresh air and imbibing of the decent humanity all around (among other things) I have come to realize that I was a racist in Karachi. And terms like “Muhajir”, “Pathan”, “Zamindar”, “Rajput” etc are symptomatic of the syatematic racism in our society. We are all equal humans and deserve to live in peace. I cannot wait for MQM and Altaf Hussain to be relegated to their proper places – the dustbin of history which they can share with their soul brothers (and sisters) Adolf Hitler, Nazi Party, Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeeda, ISIS, and the “religious” parties!!Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:58PM

    @Raider Here let me say, an FIR must be filed against PAT and PTI for instigating violence that resulted in deaths. It is simple in common law to look at the context. PAT in particular is solely responsible for murder of 14 people in model town. The people were instigated to commit violence and attack law enforcement. In any part of the world including US (See Ferguson incident), when you attack police you get shot period. Further Qadri, is responsible for damage to public institutions and attack on PTV. He is a culprit, a sick person, a murdere and must be charged. Imran is also culprit, for loss of billions to nation because of his phony agitation, responsible for 8 deaths in Multan stampede, 2 more killed in Faisalabad because of his violent speeches. Imran will start losing many cases in courts and many many fines will come his way. This all is true and I stand with these words.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2015 - 10:04PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Whenever I read your comments, I feel like what a waste this man is!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 17, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Muhajirs have to pay now for double mistake of thier ancestors.First creating Pakistan and then leaving india the land of thier forefathers.Thier only solution now.Try to leave Pakistan ASAP to western countries or request india to take them back on humanatrian grounds.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmad
    Mar 17, 2015 - 10:13PM

    @Hasan Askari: It is easy and sad to see that are so deeply bigoted that you are blatantly falsifying history — which is common in such cases — to make your deeply misguided and irrational point. If you were even a slightest bit objective in your responses, it would have been easier to see that the issue is NOT IK/PTI and others. The issue is squarely killers like Saulat Mirza and many others like him that are on the payroll of MQM. MQM, like PPP, PML-N, and a few others maintains perhaps the most vicious and ruthless group of assassins as its militant wing. And these assassins only report to Altaf Hussein directly.
    Yes, it is clear that MQM thrives on using the communal, linguistic emotions of so-called “Mohajirs”, when in fact 600,000 pound-sterling cash is recovered from Adolf Bhai’s own mansion in Edgeware Road, London.
    MQM is a modern day mafia. It steals in the form of bhatta from everyone and distributes a small portion of that money in the hands of even fewer close associates. So, people like yourself falsely believe that MQM is a great political organization involved in public service when in fact it is involved in murder, violence, and criminal activities that are primarily used to support and fund its political endeavours.
    It is amazing that anyone old enough to see the history our beautiful city of Karachi BEFORE MQM and AFTER MQM. They would easily agree that MQM IS THE CANCER cancer — NOT our Mohajir community — that destroyed our wonderful Karachi from inside. And the best prescription would be a surgical intervention to completely eliminate (cut) this cancer out, and restore our “City of Lights” to its full (peace) and well deserved health, insha Allah.Recommend

  • mohammad amir
    Mar 17, 2015 - 10:29PM

    the government of pakistan should have hanged altaf years back but still it is not too late
    he has become a national threat for the government and given a statement that he is above all giving threat to protectors of the public *disgusting*Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 17, 2015 - 10:50PM

    @H Chaudhry:
    Your comments are beyond my conscience even with simple vocabulary, plz forgive me you could address any one there other than me plzRecommend

  • a
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:00PM

    @H Askari: “Just get lost from the city ” < I think you and your like need to that and go backRecommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:28PM

    @Imran Ahmad:

    All rubbish…figment of your imagination. Just like jinnahpur. Now those generals are saying they cooked up stories.

    Sure MQM has problems. However solution is to give them their due. We voted for them let them run Karachi.

    IK is a bigot who I will never support. He is a munafiq. He talked about talking to Taliban and opening their offices, does not demand or initiates operation against lashkars etc in NWFP, remains quiet on lal masjid issue but of course has issues with AH

    Go and prove your accusations in courts. If there were criminals then they are being hanged. I did not support that. MQM is much much bigger than few miscreants i.e. if they were really their’s. Recommend

  • shocked@racismhatredallaround
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:43PM

    all this hatred comes out counter productive. He said was that all who had persecuted the party hailing from same professional background previously like during the 90s are thing of the past i.e. history books! They are a part of history books while the party has gained its hold as of today! He was referring to people like Naseer Akhter, Gen Nawaz, Maj Gen (R) Safdar Ali Khan and others who had done an unlawful operation. See what Col Afridi has to say abt assassination of Former Governor Hakim Said and who was really involved in the carnage and i assure u it wasn’t the Karachi party!Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:59PM

    I heard this conspiracy last year that minus one formula will be implemented and some dummy /puppet leader (Ishrat ul Ebad) will take over.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:16AM

    @Hasan Askari:I read your comments with dismay and then realised this is precisely the problem with mqm. total denial. i live in karachi and know who is behind extorsion. a poor man dare not raise his hand. you seems to have overlooked baldia fire. if u still defend mqm then god help u.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 12:18AM

    Bad time for bhai & mqm.@Raisani: Recommend

  • aamir
    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:23AM

    dear all bros,let us all be pakistani. dont celebrate raid on 90. just justify the action if it can be. this gives a message of ethnic conflict between rangers and urdu speaking people. they are as pakistania anyone else. Recommend

    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Tafoo should be send to gallows

  • Blithe
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:24AM

    What a moronic statement! Can you price that pmln linked to violence ???
    Unlike TuQ , pti and mqm, pmln does not engage in violence . Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:03AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    needs to be hospitalized, treatment now is mandatory keeping in view your psyche healthRecommend

  • raider
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:04AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    needs to be hospitalized, treatment now is mandatory keeping in view your psyche healthRecommend

  • Ash
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:08AM

    Altaf Hussain has killed more people in Karachi then Cancer. The man is a fanatical extremist
    who has taken, the evil of extremism to evil extremes he needs tried and convicted for his crimes. @Hassan haskari claiming that people voted for MQM is laughable nobody willingly votes for MQM……The MQM terrorists and their supporters threaten the public with murder rape and torture unless they vote for Bhai Altafs party. They media constantly threatened and forced to give live coverage of Altafs insane rants at his gatherings…The general public are forced to attand his gatherings at gun point and then endure hours torture listening to this madman.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:10AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Mota and k2 were bought by rangers in blankets , yes ?
    rocket launchers and silencers were bought by rangers in blankets , yes ?
    pounds recovered from altaf bhai were brought by london police, yes?
    imran farooq killers were brought by rangers , yes?
    baldia fire was started by rangers , yes ?
    IK party worker was killed by rangers , yes?

    its time you started taking responsibility for your actions


  • Karma strikes
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:51AM

    @Shahid: “Muhajirs have to pay now for double mistake of thier ancestors.First creating Pakistan and then leaving india the land of thier forefathers.Thier only solution now.Try to leave Pakistan ASAP to western countries or request india to take them back on humanatrian grounds”

    Why just Mohajirs, all those who were responsible for vivisection of mother India have paid the price.
    1) Who was the leader of Pakistan movement? A Shia. Today their worship place is not even called a masjid and they are being pulled out of buses and shot dead. Their killers LeJ are hand in glove with those in power.

    2) Bengalis – we know what happened to them in March 1971

    3) Mohajirs – we know what is happening to them.

    4) Ahmadis – they are not even allowed to recite the Kalima.

    In the meantime the lies that Muslims cannot freely worship in a majority Hindu country have been proved false.

    At this time though 95% of Indians are born in free India which is post partition India and the last thing they would want is to merge with such an intolerant set.

    You partitioned India. You pushed Hindus and Sikhs out of Karachi (in 1941 Karachi had 51% Hindus and 8% Sikhs). You got what you wanted by trampling on others. Now you are paying the price .Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:24AM

    This stupid establishment is the cause of Bangladesh, Baloch rebellion, and Karachi massacre of 1992. THis stupid establishment would have lost half of Pakistan( Sindh and Balochistan) if they continue on with their stupid actions of aggression against other provinces. Pakistan is not only Punjub. Wake up Shahbaz and stop making deals with TTP only for sake of ur Punjub and think about Pakistan. Look at all these Punjubi burgers commenting waiting for a chance to comment against Karachiites.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:59AM

    @Hasan Askari: please feel free to respect your Bhai but please ask him to stop drinking and sucking the blood of our countrymen. I don’t see any difference between MQM organization and any Indian movie underworld.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:08AM

    Love you Altaf bhai.Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Mar 18, 2015 - 8:00AM

    Surely an active service Colonel is supposed to display a bit more courage than getting panicky over a presumed ‘death threat’ from a person thousands of mile away, who has been denied, and does not presently possess a Pakistani passport and whose return to Pakistan has been regularly blocked by the Pakistani authorities. Of course, taking no chances, the cautious official rushed to a police station to register an FIR against Altaf Hussain.

    The ‘development’ comes in the immediate aftermath of a raid on Nine-Zero during which allegations were made by a Rangers senior official that weapons recovered from the premises included those from stolen NATO containers. Interestingly, the allegation was rebutted by NATO/ISAF officials earlier on, as also now, with the additional claim by them that they never used Pakistani land route for sending arms and ammunition to Afghanistan.

    Looks like the affair is becoming too personal.

    Karachi Recommend

  • bigmac
    Mar 18, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Stupid is who makes idle remarks on national media and then expects everyone to forget about it. Every damn time.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:36PM


    MQM threatens with murder rape? Have you lost it?

    This is the kind of lie that has been spread by people who are closet haters of urdu speakers and who do not want prosperity in the city. Stop being jealous of other. Improve yourself, make yourself civilized BUT not at expense of others. Because if you do that it comes back to haunt you in shape of TTP who are now killing same rangers and police etc

    There is still time…unit or else this menace of terrorism will finish you.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:38PM

    @Alter Ego:


    nothing has been proven yet

    if it is then give them punishment ..but stop doing media based drama..this shows your intention is something else not justice.

    Selective justice is no justiceRecommend

  • cribb
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:08PM

    So rangers filed the case, federal or provincial government DID NOT. What does it tell us?Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 18, 2015 - 8:01PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    @Hasan Askari:
    Luckily Mqm Being At Ventilator Finding Dimwits Like You To Pour In Propaganda Against Peoples Of Pakistan Which are Perpetually Falling Prey To Mqm Barbaric Terrorism Acts, Gone Days When Mqm Exit Entry Terms Were Pertinent To Inhabitants Of Karachi, Gone Are The Days When Dead Bodies Of Rivals Were Packed In Bags And Portrayed To Others To Get Some Lesson and peoples were Threatened To Subscribe Mqm Agenda.MQM is no more a political reality rather is reality as terrorists outfit. Recommend

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