IG Sindh suspends SSP Malir Rao Anwar after controversial press briefing

Published: April 30, 2015
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SSP Malir Rao Anwar was suspended on Thursday, hours after he had alleged in a press briefing that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) maintains connections with India’s spy agency RAW. 

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took notice of this unusual press conference and abuse of authority, following which IG Sindh suspended SSP Rao late on Thursday night and ordered him to report to the Central Police Office.

Meanwhile, SSP East Peer Muhammad Shah has been given additional charge of District Malir.

Earlier in the day, SSP Rao had presented two alleged terrorists who he claimed belonged to the MQM. The official further claimed that the MQM was actively working against Pakistan.

“Key MQM leaders have connections with RAW,” he said, adding that the arrested MQM workers had received training from India’s spy agency RAW.

The SSP said he had evidence to support his claims, including their passports and their statements.

“MQM workers from every sector go to India for training via Bangkok,” he said.

“They confessed and said they were ashamed for betraying their country,” he said.

The SSP recommended the MQM be banned in Pakistan.

“They are not a political party but a terrorist party,” said Rao. He went on to add that he knew he was on MQM’s hit-list but wasn’t afraid of speaking to the media about his findings.

Talking to the media with a cloth placed over his head, one of the suspects confessed that he fled to Bangkok after the 1992 operation against the party.

“From Bangkok we were asked to fly to India where we received weapons training and then through Azad Kashmir we came to Lahore,” the suspect said, adding that he belonged to the MQM’s Lyari sector.

Responding to SSP Malir’s allegations, MQM leader Wasay Jalil tweeted this is a media trial against the party.

Further, Syed Raza Ali Abidi claimed this will give more resolve to the people of Karachi.

MQM has announced they will hold a press conference at 7pm to address the allegations.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • SHN
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:56PM

    Ha! What’s a joke! Somebody ask him about all the land grabbing he carries out on behalf of Asif Zardari as SSP Malir. Fake encounters and fake arrests all to land grab. Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:58PM

    Now the media will start asking for explanation from these terrorists and wont believe what a civil servant is saying. These immature, selfish, corrupt politicians need to be wiped out from the parliamentRecommend

  • Faiz
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:59PM

    Let spread this news like a fire on social media.Recommend

  • Hero
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Well well well. Now what? It has to be cleared now. Either police has to finalise this issue by proving everything in courts and in public or not to publish statement like this.Recommend

  • NY
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:14PM

    I am not surprised. Recommend

  • kickass
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:16PM

    The entire country will second this.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:27PM

    The establishment is now furious and pulling at straws after its campaign against MQM backfired spectacularly in the NA-246 elections – Karachiites know better. Agree with Ali Raza Abidi, such actions will only alienate Karachiites even more and bring more people to demand for a separate province – our security agencies are keen on never learning from their mistakes (take Baluchistan for example).

    Not a single other party or even known violent sectarian groups – who openly carry out fundraising in Karachi and are never bothered by Rangers – receive such treatment.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:29PM

    Is this guy doped or downright imbecile? Since when such idiots are allowed to pontificate about politics and political parties and so on, is it within purview of his job to give such sweeping statements to malign and defame a political party which happens to represent a vast majority of an educated and politically savvy population of a country with one of the lowest literate population. Shame on this premeditated attempt at assassination of reputation of a people. Let’s make it clear to minions like him and his master’s that we Mohajirs would continue to support and vote for our party MQM and all its leaders and we not require certification of our loyalty and patriotism.Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 6:33PM

    Decisive action should be taken against MQM and this mafia should be crushed!Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:03PM

    This is a consequence of snubbing Zardari, who offered MQM to join his “Sinned” govt. Instead, MQM chose to head the opposition. This was bound to happen.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:04PM

    this is quite well known, and now the indian trolls will be on here shortly defending their ‘maa bharat’. india is a terrorist country, it has purposefully spead terrorism in nearly each of the countries in the region. it terrorized sri lanka by using proxies in LTTE there, it terrorized bangladesh with the mukti bahini, terrorized afghanistan with its constant support of anti taliban groups, and now is terrorizing pakistan. of course, the difference between those countries and us is that we know how to return the favor, even harder. get ready for a spate of revenge attacks veggie eaters. Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:05PM

    He is spot on. They do. Their leadership does, and thats why their supremo stays out of the entire thing to keep the wheel moving.Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:34PM

    @kickass:

    Im not sure about that, 70% of karachi has promised to live a life of slavery and suffering.Recommend

  • shahid
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:39PM

    Banning and exterminating MQM terrorists only won’t suffice. First NS and then Musharraf gave these terrorists a new life, they too must be held accountable. They too must be charged for loss of all innocent lives. Recommend

  • Muhammad Akhtar
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:45PM

    All terrorism and its masters should be bannedRecommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Where was he when Munawar Hassan of JI disgraced our army? MQM has always showed respect for Pakistan Army despite being victim of several operations carried out against them.Recommend

  • Sneha
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:15PM

    @hamza khan:
    Nobody in the whole world calls Mukti bahini as terrorist. Crushing a legitimate democratic elected representives by coup committing attrocities on its own people for crime of just winning an election is recorded in world history. They are known as freedom fighter in bangladesh, their heroes. And whole world knows who called taliban their brothers and recognised taliban govt in Afganistan. Or what were their policies? Pakistan was amongst 3 only countries that recognised their govt as legitimate.. Not india, not iran. We didn’t then we don’t now. It was our plane that was hijacked by them, we had to release milliants in exchange of our civilians who later went on to mastermind mumbai and parliament attacks. Worlds most wanted millitant was not found in india but your country. And last but not the least 67% of india are non veg eaters. Height of ignorance.Recommend

  • siddiqui
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:29PM

    what a joke.
    Presenting someone charged with an offence in front of the press without any due process, without a lawyer or even a face….
    This is by definition a media trial.

    After this, it MQM’s claims actually makes senseRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:38PM

    @Uza Syed:

    It seems someone has to teach you the difference between ” educated” and “wicked”.Can you tell why you are obsessed with the belief that you are a party of educated lot. What makes you educated and why we do not see any sign of education in your leader who knows no hesitation in using abusive and evil words in public. Your party has become a stigma on the name of good & peaceful Mohagirs who with your “Mohajir card” are being alienated from the main stream Pakistan. Your education only teaches you one thing : only MQM is right , everyone else is wrong.

    One would also condemn those parties or authorities who for their own agenda always seem to strike a deal with you instead of fully exposing your evil acts. Why is Pakistan Government not handing over the criminals involved with London murder to the London Police? Remember however these satanic deals will not always succeed and very soon you should expect the snooze tightening round your neck.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:45PM

    Good job. Keep it up

    Muhajirs/Urdu speakers will get behind MQM further. Just like the election of NA246

    If these tribals knew this simple point they would not do such a thing. But then again we are a failure nation for a reason. It is such kind of clowns that have kept this nation in dark ages.

    You cannot win over people with force ..not in Balochisatan or Karachi.

    In the end you have to respect people.Recommend

  • Ahmer
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:52PM

    Now I will FULLY support MQM, because this is clear proof that Establishment is trying to persecute Mohajirs……Don’t push us to a point where we demand a separate country for Mohajirs…….Recommend

  • Sindh
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:57PM

    Strict actions should be taken against MQM. Every single person in Pakistan will endorse it.Recommend

  • Tamer
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:08PM

    Here we go again. Accusations of all sorts are flying once again. Everyones’ sincerity and loyalty is being questioned. Once we are at it, perhaps one could question as to where did Rao Anwar get his training! Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 10:21PM

    One really wonder to think that why the PMLN government is so reluctant and cautious to take stern action against MQM. As per report which is allegedly involved in anti-state activities. Why is it that all politcal parties except PTI, are not openly coming forward against those who are bent upon destroying the peace in mini pakistan.If government is genuinely concerned to restore normalcy in karachi then it will have to make bold decisions before it’s too late to rectify things Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 10:22PM

    This is pretty explosive for a senior police officer to officially and openly make these charges against MQM as well as present details and accused persons. Very troubling indeed.Recommend

  • Muhajir
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:33PM

    I am a Muhajir and MQM doesn’t represent me. MQM is only a militant thug party and that’s it.Recommend

  • Shehryar
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @Ahmer: How will creating a new state change the fate of people in Karachi? Your argument is based on your emotion, that in turn is based on hatred. Creating new nation states do not solve any political, social or financial fortunes of individuals. How many Muslim nations are there in the world and how many are the ones where people are living in peace, equality, justice and financial well-being? Recommend

  • Asif Siddiqi
    Apr 30, 2015 - 11:16PM

    Only in Pakistan police officers are allowed to hold press conference and pass judgement. Who needs a judicial system? Time for Karachi to either get a separate province or country. Enough of these shenanigans. Recommend

  • From Karachi
    May 1, 2015 - 12:14AM

    MQM has ruled over Karachi, and has failed to curb the crime rate. MQM does not represent Karachi. After how MQM started bullying in NA-246, nobody was brave enough to go and actually vote in numbers.

    While I will wait on proof before I call them traitors(which is an extreme allegation) I do think that MQM is a bully.Recommend

  • saad
    May 1, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Thoes asking for new country are bigger idiots than MQM. I dont blame MQM, i blame their mindless blind followers. I have visited karachi and I must tell you MQM is ruining karachi. I heard horrible tales from local residents. May be I m missing something. somekind of goggles that makes you not see thoes evils.Recommend

  • saad
    May 1, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Lets play the muhajir card yet again. Works everytime. I bed most of them dont care for their parents the way the defend muhagir word. Not to forget their “RUHANI” father MR-AFRAID-TO-COME-TO-PAKISTAN. I m amazed how can someone that loyal to a political party. I cant see myself supporting a current crop of political parties in a hundred year. Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 1, 2015 - 12:31AM

    Why dont the Mohajirs, Sindhis and the Baluch get together and away from the punjabi raaj ?Recommend

  • jey
    May 1, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Your all dreams became vain of Karachi separation dearRecommend

  • Kam
    May 1, 2015 - 12:34AM

    People who are making fun of SSP should try to pass CSS first. He is probably more credible then all in this forum. Nobody risks his job specially a head of Police of a vast area by making such allegations.Recommend

  • a
    May 1, 2015 - 12:45AM

    @Asif Siddiqi:
    yes, go get one back homeRecommend

  • Sam
    May 1, 2015 - 12:51AM

    Oh well…one should also invetigate this SSPs relatives properties – I am sure they are funded by some “politicians” who have anti-pakistan agenda…entire nation is corrupt. You guys dont deserve anything good.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 1, 2015 - 12:54AM

    @Hasan Askari:

    Do not include all Urdu speakers under your so called banner of Muhajirs. The issue neither relates to Muhajirs nor Urdu speakers , we are talking about criminals. Exposures of these evils and their heinous crimes will not gather all Urdu speakers under MQM’s wings just because of sympathy. They are brave sensible people who have the freedom to think independently rather than blindly following a party of doubtful character and future.

    It is not a failing nation, you are speaking Indian mind. It is your party who is seeing its end approaching, Pakistan has stood its ground despite difficulties and is getting very near to eliminating Indian agents from its ranks. Do not dismiss what this police officer has revealed and know that he has only added more information to what is already known about MQM. Have you not seen the video showing your leader apologising to the Indian for migration to Pakistan and making a passionate request to be taken back. This is his loyalty to Pakistan.

    Also remember that the true defenders of this country understand people like you when you mention Baluchistan and Karachi. Bangladesh event is long gone, you are living in a powerful Pakistan which is proud of all its communities and is well placed in neutralising its internal as well as external enemies.Recommend

  • May 1, 2015 - 12:56AM

    it is really very sad to hear that Rao Anwar is suspended. I think IG Sindh is also from MQM and getting funds from RAW. Recommend

  • Imran
    May 1, 2015 - 1:03AM

    These type of dubious characters only help make MQM believable when they play victim to an organised defamation campaign.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    May 1, 2015 - 1:36AM

    SSP malir Rao Anwar appears to be idiot of first place. The question is why he went in a TV programme and this idiot hurled allegations which he may not prove. Any one will accept and give statement what ever police wants. Second, what type of training can India impart. Every one with a little commonsense can handle light arms. After all alleged MQM .terrorists were not using tanks, bazookas etc. Every thing is available on Internet. Even formula to make atom bomb. SSP Malir Rao Anwar is playing the same part which Gen. Babar played. It should be investigated who is behind this stupid person. Simply transferring is not a punishment, he should have been dismissed. Recommend

  • sam
    May 1, 2015 - 1:57AM

    @Muhammad:
    Wel said bro…they are the modern terrorists as ppl who support terrorist are like terrorist no mater how educated they claim they areRecommend

  • Idrees
    May 1, 2015 - 2:11AM

    @Ahmer:
    I agree with you totally. Mohajirs need to unite and separate our urban Sindh from Pakistan and form our own Mohajir State. Bye Bye Pakistan. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 1, 2015 - 2:31AM

    @Sneha:

    You have faulty pre-conceived ideas about other countries. You and your fellow countrymen
    seem not to be welcome in your own news media hence you never loose opportunity of not only visiting us but also teach us our history.

    Yes Mukti Baheni might not have been terrorists but what ever they were they were trained and armed by your country. Your mention of Mukti Bahini in the context of Pakistan’s current political situation make us understand your point. We lost at the hands of Mukti Bahini and India which opened a new chapter in our history with India emerging as a deadly enemy. Strengthening our defence became an urgent and long term priority. As a result today we can say that another Bangladesh is impossible given the massive destruction our enemy will come to face.

    Yes Taleban were the offspring of Mujahedine who with support from Pakistan together fought a proxy war for America in Afghanistan. We regard Afghan people our brothers and yes we recognised their government once they defeated every other faction and formed a government. Yes Iran did not recognise them for obvious reasons but India had no business to frog-jump on that side of our border hence they did not have much to do. The world erroneously considered them as extension of Pakistan. America too did not recognise them but never opposed them because of their past favour in ejecting the USSR out of the region.

    Pakistan has nothing to do with jehadis attacking Indian parliament, hijacking your planes, Mumbai attack and on going militant activities in Kashmir. These brave men have their own set up and they operate to show solidarity with the Kashmiri peoples. Pakistan must continue its diplomatic support until India comes to its senses as it remains a disputed territory. Baluchistan is part of Pakistan and anyone interfering in our internal matter will be severely punished beyond recognition.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 1, 2015 - 3:24AM

    ISI should clarify and tell us the truth.Recommend

  • Fazal Dad
    May 1, 2015 - 3:34AM

    So sad. May I call it an insult to truth and public service? Recommend

  • MJ
    May 1, 2015 - 4:42AM

    Did anybody see the “evidence” he is talking about? Since when did RAW or any other secret agency type messages on papers with a letterhead showing their country flags? LOL.
    These guys are so inept that they cannot even forge semi believable counterfeit documents.Recommend

  • MJS
    May 1, 2015 - 4:43AM

    Did anybody see the “evidence” he is talking about? Since when did RAW or any other secret agency type messages on papers with a letterhead showing their country flags? LOL.
    These guys are so inept that they cannot even forge semi believable counterfeit documents.Recommend

  • Shakil Khan
    May 1, 2015 - 5:00AM

    Well he is punished for speaking the truth! Because of this MQM maintain its terror in Karachi, if a SSP cant speak against that party, a common citizen certainly be scared to say or do anything against this party!

    It was MQM chief who written letter to UK PM to work against Pakistan and help MI6 and it was confirmed by 10 Downing street. Altaf Bhai was refused asylum but then suddenly granted after that letter of allegiance!
    MQM links to other agencies cant be denied!Recommend

  • Haider
    May 1, 2015 - 5:25AM

    @Sneha
    First tell what non veg or veg eaters has any link with terrorism.Be it 67% or 100%…Most wanted terrorists are found in Pakistan and so on.First I dont in Osama Bin Laden thing.I would like to believe but throwing body in water of a person you are finding in 10 yrs.No photograph or video being taken unlike Sadam when he was convicted and video was made and shown to world.Fine leave it I believe it.Ok.Did the person kill Gandhi was Pakistani??Were Gujrat attacks were conducted by Pakistanis??Assam,Telangana you have dozens of separatists.Barring Kashmir which is a disputed issue other Separatists are made by Pakistan?Delhi a rape capital of India because of Pakistan??..RAW has been involved in causing instability in Pakistan.You wont believe what SSP said.But US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said India has always caused trouble to Pakistan from Afganistan..Your National Security Advisor Arvind Doval stated India to help talibanRecommend

  • Brar
    May 1, 2015 - 5:56AM

    @hamza khan: Welcome any time any where but remember your past adventures, as regards Sri Lanka the Indian Arm.y was sent their on demand from their Govt and Afgan President is touring India these daysRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    May 1, 2015 - 5:59AM

    @Ali S:
    You are demanding separate province, how about a separate country. We have an example of Bangla Desh now, don’t we. We all know who helped create that country and sure they will help you too. Old habits are hard to get rid of, I am from Mardan and now a Pakistani American for the last 50 years but always longing to the old country, so I am not surprised at all.Recommend

  • Brar
    May 1, 2015 - 6:13AM

    @Kam: The people are making fun of SSP because they think how such a man can pass CSS exam, their is code of conduct and no Police or Civil officer level such vogue allegations on a political party in a press conference, if he has some thing credible he should have passed the same to his senior officers and to the provincial Govt and the CM would have talked to the press. The allegations will not stand any where in the court as the all those alledged to be trained by RAW will say that the confessions were taken under duress.Recommend

  • lkhan
    May 1, 2015 - 10:39AM

    What to expect from CM Sindh?? Partners in sin… Time to get rid of all the scum in Karachi.Recommend

  • EJAZ
    May 1, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Same old stories, the psychlogists and strategeist of establishment are trying every old medicine which proved ineffective since just after independence in a hope to cure the disease of deprivation and insecurities. Please learn from history and do something out of the ordinary.Recommend

  • Sanjeev
    May 1, 2015 - 10:52AM

    @Haider:
    You are quoting two guys (hagel was not in govt when he made these comments- so not official views) against indian deeds- want to keep track of how many have commented on pak deeds?Recommend

  • Raisani
    May 1, 2015 - 11:59AM

    Just Ban MQM straightaway and there will be no crime in Karachi. Simple!Recommend

  • Saadia L. Khan
    May 1, 2015 - 12:06PM

    @Uza Syed:
    one- What muhajir? Where are the ‘muhajirs’? Do you even know the definition? People who call themselves ‘muhajir’ in Karachi were born and bred over there. They’re Pakistanis who defy to accept their nationality. If you’re referring to people whose great grand parents emigrated to Pakistan, then in that case, all Pakistanis are muhajir. Because our ancestors are either from Afganistan, Iran or India etc -_-

    two- Everybody already knew what MQM really is (terrorist organization). This police officer just had the guts to say it out loud and with proofs.

    three- MQM and it’s supporters are politically savvy? Really? Are you talking about the same party whose leader had said things multiple times that sounded like threats of a gang leader? Remember “my people could have turned the symbolic Teen Talwar into real sword on one order of mine.”?? That was in 2013.
    In 2009, he said, “You’ve made big allegations against the MQM. If you make those allegations to my face one more time you’ll be taking down your measurements and we’ll prepare your body bags.”
    In 2011, he said that for azhar Javaid, the journalist that “his body bag was ready”.
    In 2012, he said, “If your father won’t give us freedom just listen to this sentence carefully: then we will tear open your father’s abdomen. To get our freedom we will not only tear it out of your father’s abdomen but yours as well.”
    Oh if by ‘politically savvy’ you mean that ‘kill those who defy you’, then he is definitely that.
    And don’t even get me started about how ‘educated’ the members of this terrorist party are -_-

    three- how did he damage the reputation of MQM? Like, do you know how much it is already in pieces? Let’s say all Pakistanis are illiterate except people for MQM (according to you) so, let’s see the opinion of ‘literate’ people outside of Pakistan. The whole UK hates him and his illogical views. So UK is also illiterate?

    I don’t know what else would you need to believe that this party is not working for the benefit of Pakistan or Pakistanis (even muhajirs) Still, you want to vote for him, go for it then. But at least you can’t hide the facts that this poor Police officer gave away.

    May Allah bless you with a good sight and takes you to sirat-e-mustaqeem. Aameen.Recommend

  • Bablu
    May 1, 2015 - 1:56PM

    @Babloo:
    Its wrong to steal other’s identification. Please comment with your own nickname. Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    May 2, 2015 - 2:16PM

    @Uza Syed:

    It is his die hard cronies who are aggravating his mental sickness You claim to be well educated and yet has not managed to share your knowledge with your leader. He clearly has a strange behaviour pattern suggesting a bipolar or multipolar personality. He changes every minute and would lick feet when questioned. One wonders what motivates his followers ..or is it just a gang behaviour originating from underlying insecurity. You estranged Pakistanis are in dire need of some special education which the country should consider helping you with.

    You have used bad mouth on the police officer who has been doing good job apprehending terrorists. I agree he should have exercise some restraint while handling the press but do not forget he is the product of the same society that gives us some illegitimate leaders, the likes of one heading your party. We see him crossing his limits everyday so who do you think will provide good practice guidelines to our civil officers.

    No harm in having a separate province or even a country. That would allow Altaf Hussain to get rid of people of other ethnic groups by murdering or drowning them in the sea and give his party a pure start. The sad thing is he would not rest and, given his track record, would also go on to eliminate people he calls his own. The fact is does not like people who challenge him regardless of their ethnicity.Recommend

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