Rangers briefly detain MQM leader Farooq Sattar

Sattar was heading to his car after an MQM protest had ended at KPC, but they released him after searching his car

Rabia Ali July 14, 2015
Farooq Sattar speaks during a protest at Karachi Press Club on July 14, 2015. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Rangers briefly detained on Tuesday Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar after he ended a protest against Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar at Karachi Press Club.

As per initial reports, Sattar was heading to his car after a protest staged by the MQM had ended when Rangers personnel took him along with his car to an undisclosed location.

However, soon after, the Rangers released him after searching his car.

Altaf's speech was misinterpreted

Earlier, while addressing protesters outside the Karachi Press Club, Sattar refuted claims made by Nisar that MQM was an anti-state party, adding that Altaf’s recent speech was in favor of army, not against it.

“We have always been with the army, we are only requesting that the brutalities and injustices against us should end,” he said.

He alleged that the statements by the interior minister were meant to create rifts between the party chief and workers.

“Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif's statements are meant to create rifts between the party chief and our workers,” Sattar said.

Crticising the stance taken by the interior minister, Sattar remarked that Nisar and Asif had earned themselves the title of “enemy of Mohajirs.”

The MQM leader added that his party supported the on-going security operations in the city, but only if they were being conducted in an unbiased manner and not against one political party.

“So far, 200 workers have been killed in targeted killings, 40 became victims of extra judicial killings, 150 people are either in police or Rangers custody and around 20 people have gone missing,” Sattar said, while also adding that not a single worker was shown on the TV or news.

“Declare us terrorists by the Supreme Court or ban us, but without proof don't judge our patriotism and don't carry out our media trial,” he ended with aggression in his voice.


Anon | 9 years ago | Reply @real mohajir: Get you history right the unionist Punjabis had nothing to do with the creation of Pakistan. Pakistan was an idea thought and initially supported by the UP, CP other Muslim minority provinces and Bengal. You backward Punjabis were being manhandled by your feudal lords and stupid clan system. The word Muhajir is the same as Urdu speaking and an identity just like Punjabi, Sindhi etc.
shahid@gmail.com | 9 years ago | Reply @real mohajir: It is not even clear what you want to say.Many muhajirs did come with empty hands but not empty brains. Pakistan was founded on a novel idea of homeland for Muslims.Not only people migrated to Pakistan from all parts of India but people even migrated from Africa and even from Europe to build this new Islamic country. There is immense contribution from Aghakhani,Bohri,Kutch/Memon/ Gujrati, And many other communities who moved there bussiness or assets to new life in this new Islamic country. People like newly converted Muslim ASad leopold decided to move to Pakistan. The late ambassador Of Iraq Syed Gilani decided To live in Pakistan and died here after his retirement. The point here is that every body living in Pakistan has contributed in some ways and every citizen should be treated equally without any bias on their ethnicity and origin as long as they are citizen of Pakistan.Unfortunately you don't hear sane voices from majority community to protect the rights of every Pakistani.
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