Rangers' statement an admission that operation only targeting MQM: Rabita Committee

Says statement from Rangers spokesperson a formal announcement that MQM's office bearers will be targeted

Web Desk July 05, 2015
Says statement from Rangers spokesperson a formal announcement that MQM's office bearers will be targeted.

KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) on Sunday slammed a statement from a Rangers spokesperson which said that the paramilitary force will target the party's sector and unit incharges for arrests. The party claimed that the statement was an admission by the force that the ongoing operation in Karachi was targeting the party, not criminals.

In a statement the MQM's central coordination body, the Rabita Committee, said that the paramilitary force was admitting that the political party's workers were being picked up, not because there was any information of their involvement in criminal activities or evidence against them, rather because they were members of MQM. And that the Rangers was admitting that it was targeting MQM workers through a well thought out plan.

The Rangers spokesperson, in a statement released early on Sunday had stated that they will be targeting MQM's organising committee since it empowered the party's militant wing, and was singling out sector and unit incharges for arrests.

Read: MQM’s organising committee empowers its militant wing, allege Rangers

"Is being a sector or unit incharge of the MQM against the law?"

It added that the Rangers' statement was in fact a formal announcement that it will arrest office bearers of the MQM.

"The state of Rangers' intelligence is such that the 'organising committee' that they refer to (in their statement), does not even exist, nor does any other department work under that name. Such a section was dissolved a while ago."

The Rabita committee argued that, while the Supreme Court had remarked that all political and religious parties of Karachi have militant wings, why are only office bearers of the MQM detained.

The MQM claimed that the Rangers' attempt at clarifying the unwarranted arrests of party workers served only to further mislead the public.

Read: Rangers grill MQM workers for forcefully taking Fitra

It added that while the operation, which was supposed to be against criminals, was a pretext for the paramilitary force to target the MQM. The party further claimed that an unannounced ban had been imposed on its political and charity-oriented activities.

"Operation against criminal elements is being used as an excuse to misuse state power to crush the MQM."

MQM workers denied basic rights

The MQM also challenged the Rangers' claim that detained party workers were granted all their rights, stating that the party's workers were treated as prisoners of war when presented in courts. The party condemned the treatment meted out to their detained workers.

Further it said that the Rangers' claim of presenting all detainees in court was false since as many as 50 workers of the MQM, arrested by the paramilitary force, have been missing for months.

The Rabita Committee demanded that the Sindh High Court chief justice take notice of the Rangers' statement.


imran ghori | 8 years ago | Reply Nation standing with the pak army,, perfect time to crush terrorist organization mqm,, economic terrorist, zardari ppp,, long live pak army
Hassan | 8 years ago | Reply If anybody giving fitra or zakat voluntarily to any political or religious party then its a donation but if the same is done by threating or blackmailing its purely extortion and rangers should follow a line between donation or extortion. Secondly if MQM workers are taking zakat or fitra then there are many political, religious and welfare organizations who are collecting the same openly what action would rangers take against them. As I think if asking for zakat or fitra donation is a crime the govt should make a legislation and banned all welfare, political and religious organizations from getting these donations. Interestingly the government deduct zakat from bank accounts of the people every year without the consent of account holders what we call it a donation or extortion. So the time has to come to form a policy about who will be eligible to collect these donations or not.
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