Rangers raid MQM headquarters Nine-Zero, take two leaders into custody

Published: July 17, 2015
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Rangers take MQM leader into custody following a raid on Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall.

Rangers take MQM leader into custody following a raid on Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall.

Rangers take MQM leader into custody following a raid on Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall. MQM senior leader Qamar Mansoor and Rabita Committee incharge Kaiful Warah arrested PHOTO: REUTERS

Rangers conducted a targetted raid at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters Nine-Zero in Azizabad early on Friday morning, arresting Rabita Committee in charge Kaiful Warah and committee member Qamar Mansoor.

The two MQM leaders were reportedly taken into custody for arranging and facilitating hate speeches that were “against peace in Karachi.”

Rangers sealed all roads leading to Nine-Zero before raiding party offices and Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall. They detained and questioned several MQM officials before taking Mansoor and Warah into custody.

The MQM leaders were shifted to an undisclosed location for questioning.

Read: Resolving issues: MQM submits requisition to summon Sindh Assembly session

During the search operation the surrounding houses were sealed and residents were barred from leaving the area. MQM claimed no search warrants were produced even as officials rummaged through various offices and confiscated documents.

Arrested for facilitating hate speeches

The Rangers, in a statement released after the raid, said Mansoor and Warah had been arrested for “arranging and facilitating hate speeches against the peace of Karachi.”

Speeches incited violence against officers and soldiers of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, a law enforcement agency of the state, the statement added.

“List of such facilitators has been finalised and more arrests will be made in near future.”

Later, Rangers surrounded the houses of MQM leader Farooq Sattar and Haider Abbas Rizvi, but they did not conduct a raid or did arrest anyone. However, neither was present at their homes at the time.

Separately, MQM workers from various parts of the city were also detained. Those include joint sector and unit in charges from Malir, sector member from Model Colony, and four party workers from Orangi Town.

No warrants presented for raid: Barrister Saif

Addressing a press conference after the raid, MQM leader Barrister Saif said they were continuing their welfare work within the ambit of law.

“If a Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation charity donation receipt is recovered from someone’s pocket, it is as if they have been caught red-handed,” Saif said.

He claimed Rangers had not conducted the raid as per law, alleging no warrants had been presented.

Read: Escalating: PTI, MQM file FIRs against each other in same Karachi police station

Following the raid, a large number of MQM workers and supporters reached Nine-Zero and protested against the arrest of their leaders.

MQM workers and supporters protesting outside Nine-Zero. PHOTO: COURTESY MQM

Earlier in the evening, MQM had hosted the annual assistance programme of the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation at Jinnah Ground. The gathering had also been addressed by MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

This is the second raid on MQM headquarters in 2015. On March 11, in a targeted operation, Rangers carried out a similar and arrested more than 120 party workers.

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Reader Comments (50)

  • Pakistani
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:19AM

    Ranger doing well Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:25AM

    Allah u Akbar. All Indian agents should be flushed out for good.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:31AM

    Why MQM alone. It appears that rangers does not have courage to touch other parties.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:32AM

    MQM will keep paying the price for everytime Altaf Hussain opens his mouth from the comfort and safety of London. It’s time for them to move on from the fat man in London and start over with a clean slate for themselves and for the people of Karachi.Recommend

  • Lahori
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:39AM

    Sorry to say but it seems like Occupied Karachi. I am punjabi and I don’t support these actions of rangers.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:50AM

    Eid mubarak. ..thank you rangers for giving us such a good news on Eid.Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:59AM

    Rangers has no courage to take action against PPP and Zardari in frustration targeting 90 and mqm and treating Karachi as a conquered city and arrested people as POW….it seems they want to repeat 1971 Recommend

  • Kepler-8B
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:04AM

    This is reminding me a photo from Irag war when American troops invaded Iraq captured bunch of civilian and treating them like animals. Remember you are innocent until proven guilty.Recommend

  • Hammad Mian
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:06AM

    Very Well done Rangers, keep it up!Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:09AM

    subhanallah… Thank you ET for good news at Sehri time.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:14AM

    The Rangers action is provocative so that people come on the street and protest in response to raid and they get opportunity for mass genocide of urdu speaking.. Recommend

  • Shujaat
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:15AM

    This operation is unfortunately going to help MQM win more sympathy in Urban Sindh.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:15AM

    Good work,bust these trouble makers one by one.

    Rangers should also demolish illegally built unit and sector offices of MQM which they have built by encroaching parks,green areas,foot paths and govt and private properties. Recommend

  • aamir awan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:28AM

    mqm should separate itself from millitant wing, apologize from nation and restart their politics otherwise mqm have no futureRecommend

  • Karachi Citizen
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:32AM

    Really hope rangers rid people of Karachi of MQM. These people still threaten residents of our area, although they do not identify themselves as MQM workers anymore. They are the same people however… Altaf’s thugs. May Allah make an example of him and his abbetors in this world and the next.Recommend

  • Aliii
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:40AM

    Well done Rangers !!
    May ALLAH help you in making Karachi peaceful city again.

    Those spreading hate speeches against ARM forces in critical time, when Pakistan facing many challenges should be dealt thoroughly and strongly.

    Pakistan is fade up of all these politicians and mafias, who couldn’t bring in peace & energy in country in last 8 years.Recommend

  • melkor
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:49AM

    Well done rangers….And here come the indian trolls who cant get enough of our pakistani newspapersRecommend

  • buga
    Jul 17, 2015 - 5:39AM

    Rubbish. If “hate speech” is a crime then you better get bigger jails. Akin to Obama tossing one of his political opponents in jail because he didn’t like what he said.Recommend

  • Peace
    Jul 17, 2015 - 5:45AM

    Great news to start the day. Keep the good work Rangers. Our prayers are with you
    And those who have wronged are going to know to what [kind of] return they will be returned 26:227Recommend

  • Petrolhead
    Jul 17, 2015 - 5:51AM

    Makes sense. The silly speeches have got out of hand. Recommend

  • Azi
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:03AM

    Very good. Love you rangers for bringing these hate speech and violence inciting people into public view. Please keep up the good work.Recommend

  • Sindhi
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:14AM

    Mohajirs are being targeted by the Punjabis. They want to control Sindh also. Recommend

  • Shabeeb
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:25AM

    this will lead to sampthy towards MQMRecommend

  • Salman
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:27AM

    Honey moon time over MQM. Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:58AM

    Good that rangers have exposed themselves

    This was never an operation to clean anything

    It was always politicalRecommend

  • Awais
    Jul 17, 2015 - 6:59AM

    Good jobs guys… Keep it up…
    Don’t spare anyone who is against our peace.Recommend

  • Sam
    Jul 17, 2015 - 7:13AM

    True democracy where you don’t have basic rights and freedom of speech is also taken away now. Really not sure what’s Rangers motive here. Corrupt people are all our and can’t see the number of people tried or sentenced by rangers actions. We need numbers to prove Rangers is doing their job or they can go and defend the borders where they truly belong. Recommend

  • Xoxo
    Jul 17, 2015 - 7:18AM

    Great job. One political party demolished 3 more to go. This is a slow but sure way to ensure that military runs every aspect of govt. Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Jul 17, 2015 - 7:30AM

    TTP killed 80000

    Imran talked about giving them offices and called them brothers

    Isnt that facilitating killing let alone speech

    dont worry…we are still with mqmRecommend

  • Mansoor Sindhi
    Jul 17, 2015 - 8:02AM

    Media should not take side with militant and criminal groups of Karachi. We need stable and peaceful Karachi. The city has been bleeding for last three decades. Finally, we have hope that Sindh Rangers and Law enforcement agencies will clean this city from criminal and militant groups. Old days of glory will return. Now ethnic card and all sort of propaganda will be used by MQM to stop operation against it. Mafia party will go to any extent to hurt our state in order to protect their militant wing. Our Govt and institutes should stay strong and focused, no matter what, they make sure peace prevails in Karachi. People of Sindh are with Ranger because we need peace, not criminal gangs and warlords.Recommend

  • Ali Kayani
    Jul 17, 2015 - 8:12AM

    Very good Rangers keep thugs away from Karachi. Do what you have to do to save karachi this political illegal militant wing must end . People who are supporting mqm should accept the fact that mqm is involved in illegal activities and militant wing in karachi.Recommend

  • John
    Jul 17, 2015 - 8:14AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Of course we are taking you guys really serious. One should never underestimate the power of stupid people, in large groups. If Hitler can have a following why can’t Altaf Hussain have one? Except that such followers were called Hitler’s apologists and in MQM’s case, Altaf Hussain’s apologists.Recommend

  • Munir
    Jul 17, 2015 - 8:24AM

    I’m going to quote what Jamie Fox told Jennifer Garner in the 2007 movie Kingdom “We’re gonna kill them, Kill them all”. Dear DG Rangers please do the same for this MQM has ruined the glory of Karachi.Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 17, 2015 - 8:29AM

    ranger and other security forces have decided to weed out miscreants and political forces laced with militia will have to lick the dust,mqm should do politics but not militancy but i think they are totally based on their dirty business, how could they get them out of this mess even if they want, no one will vote them under no intimidation, how the party would get be propelled without extortion, fitrana, ransom etc, etc, how gathering of thousand will be arranged for altaf hussain to give direction to workers and threats to rivals even they claim of their being middle class, instead of whining about old rants of muhajir victimization plz mqm wake up and smell a coffee and make a political party and do politics instead of inflating anarchy which is long awaited Recommend

  • excalibur
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:12AM

    Zardari, Khwaja Asif and Imran Khan are not picked up for worse hate speeches

    Punjabi hegemony condemnable Kuch Haya karoRecommend

  • Dazzle786
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:17AM

    @Truth:
    What total crapRecommend

  • Dazzle786
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:19AM

    @Sindhi:
    Stop being in denial. Start blaming that slob in UK
    Stop playing the victim card when you know very well the activities of your leadersRecommend

  • Funny politician
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:22AM

    I guess this is what Altaf would like to see. He have been trying to provoke rangers in his speech. Now he can play victim. Recommend

  • ziaurrehman
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:23AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Duh.. -_-Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:41AM

    “Supremacist” attitude/mind-set of Establishment destroyed the country after 1951. Learn from past mistakes. Repetition of mistakes is a cardinal sin. No wonder, Pakistan is laughing stock!
    Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
    must be turning in his grave. Recommend

  • Rehan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:42AM

    When was the last time you were served with a traffic ticket for not obeying traffic laws? Can you really come up with an argument that everyone is breaking traffic signal so what if I did it too with police officer that he actually accepted and let you go?

    In real world that’s how it works. Everyone’s wrong doing give you no right to do the same and get away with it. It’s long since MQM been going beyond limits and such actions should have been taken long ago by law enforcement agencies. It’s a good start to eliminate all criminal activities from Pakistan and I believe similar treatment is waiting for everyone who is working against the interest of the country.

    Long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • ABC
    Jul 17, 2015 - 9:56AM

    @Lahori:

    Yeah your statement seems legit. You have serious problems if the enemy of states are prosecuted. BTW try better acting next timeRecommend

  • Karachite
    Jul 17, 2015 - 10:02AM

    MQM needs to stop playing the ethnicity card and face the reality that a generation has passed and there is no such thing as Mohajirs. You are a dirty stain on the people of Karachi and Pakistan that must be washed off. MQM should stop playing victim, they deserve what they are getting. In fact, they deserve even worse. I don’t understand why our security forces are going so easy on them.

    I am urdu speaking and born in Karachi. MQM DOES NOT REPRESENT ME. People of Pakistan need to understand that MQM has hijacked the people of Karachi for decades. Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Jul 17, 2015 - 10:24AM

    Having lived in Britain for nearly a decade and comparing that with the situation in Pakistan, I both laugh and cry over mentality of very many of Pakistanis.
    It is a fact that the civilian and military officials in UK, including the heads of civilian law enforcers offer a much higher standard of living, secure borders and a degree of internal peace and tranquility which the people in Pakistan could not even dream of. Still, all the state officials there are often subjected to criticism for real or even perceived wrongdoings. Yet the officials there bear with all this and humbly try to explain their position and even that when asked to do so, without showing any bad temper at any stage. And this is because over there, all the state officials, even up to the highest levels are considered and treated strictly as public servants, who are appointed to their positions in order to serve the public and to serve it well, and not to lord over them.

    Unfortunately, in Pakistan there is a tendency for the masses to place their leaders and state officials on so high a pedestal from where they can only look down upon them, and see them as insignificant particles of dirt, or even filth. And this is despite the leaders’ corruption, insatiable greed, nepotism and mismanagement of the state’s resources. While this tendency to treat leaders and state officials as something super-natural, beyond all reproach and above all criticism is quite widespread in Pakistan, I did not see this sort of weakness and meekness even in the least developed and developing African countries where the masses treat their leaders for what they are worth. And this leads me to the inevitable conclusion that having lived in the land of Chaudhris, Waderas, Nawabs and above all, the British Sarkar, submissiveness has so permeated into their system that it has become their second nature which may take them a few centuries to shed, if at all that was possible.

    And of course, treated with so much respect and awe, a state official of even the lowest cadre in Pakistan considers himself to the ruler of the highest level, and behaves with the masses accordingly.

    And considering all this, I was not at all surprised that the Rangers, in a statement released after the raid, (at Nine Zero) said Mansoor and Warah had been arrested for “arranging and facilitating hate speeches against the peace of Karachi.”
    However, the real masterpiece was the Dawn, Metro’s heading of July 17 which read “Ex-minister (Rauf Siddiqui of MQM) gets protective bail after being booked for listening to Altaf’s speech”.

    God bless the people of this country with some self respect and good sense, even if they do not seem to be worthy of it, neither do they particularly aspire for such traits.

    KarachiRecommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Jul 17, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Having lived in Britain for nearly a decade and comparing that with the situation in Pakistan, I both laugh and cry over mentality of very many of Pakistanis.
    It is a fact that the civilian and military officials in UK, including the heads of civilian law enforcers offer a much higher standard of living, secure borders and a degree of internal peace and tranquility which the people in Pakistan could not even dream of. Still, all the state officials there are often subjected to criticism for real or even perceived wrongdoings. Yet the officials there bear with all this and humbly try to explain their position and even that when asked to do so, without showing any bad temper at any stage. And this is because over there, all the state officials, even up to the highest levels are considered and treated strictly as public servants, who are appointed to their positions in order to serve the public and to serve it well, and not to lord over them.

    Unfortunately, in Pakistan there is a tendency for the masses to place their leaders and state officials on so high a pedestal from where they can only look down upon them, and see them as insignificant particles of dirt, or even filth. And this is despite the leaders’ corruption, insatiable greed, nepotism and mismanagement of the state’s resources. While this tendency to treat leaders and state officials as something super-natural, beyond all reproach and above all criticism is quite widespread in Pakistan, I did not see this sort of naivety even in the least developed and developing African countries where the masses treat their leaders for what they are worth. And this leads me to the inevitable conclusion that having lived in the land of Chaudhris, Waderas, Nawabs, Sardars and above all, the British Sarkar, submissiveness has so permeated into their system that it has become their second nature which may take them a few centuries to shed, if at all that was possible.

    And of course, treated with so much respect and awe, a state official of even the lowest cadre in Pakistan considers himself to the ruler of the highest level, and behaves with the masses accordingly.

    And considering all this, I was not at all surprised that the Rangers, in a statement released after the raid, (at Nine Zero) said Mansoor and Warah had been arrested for “arranging and facilitating hate speeches against the peace of Karachi.”

    However, the real masterpiece was the Dawn, Metro’s heading of July 17 which read “Ex-minister (Rauf Siddiqui of MQM) gets protective bail after being booked for listening to Altaf’s speech”.

    God bless the people of this country with some self respect and good sense, even if they do not seem to be worthy of it, neither do they particularly aspire for such traits.

    KarachiRecommend

  • Kalam
    Jul 17, 2015 - 11:38AM

    Punjabi establishment is upto creating another bangladesh .Recommend

  • Tarchun
    Jul 17, 2015 - 12:27PM

    This no solution. It’s like a fascist state moving against its critics, rather than providing evidence of even handedness, they gone to the other opposite extreme. One that will predictably increase support for militancy and increase the division.
    Hate speech has recently been the vogue, with several well known (highly respected but unsavoury) personalities spewing forth similar threats!

    By all means act against criminals, but please, for the sake of justice, do so against all criminals Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    Jul 17, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    Crux of the matter : “listening to criticism” is treated as criminal offense” !
    ** No offence/pun intended, you/we are “farting against thunder”!Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 17, 2015 - 2:56PM

    @syed & syed
    They also raided office of Sunni-Tehreek and why Sindh govt was not willing to extend operation..Recommend

  • moqamoqa
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:31PM

    majority of comments it seems aren’t residents of Karachi so they dont know the reality on my streets or some handful are settlers who maintain bias against Karachiites in their approach. I was for across the board operation against criminals but now i see there is blatant victimization and discrimination going on against an ethnic community. The day provincial govt cronies were allowed to go out of country like Dr Mirza i sensed it for good that operation is biased. Rangers are biased, if the useless money which we utilize for them by Sindh can better be used to revamp fragile Sindh police infrastructure! Totally disgusted at this biased attitude by LEA. While regarding hate speech issue i would be really happy if it would have taken place against sectarian, religious and other groups who spit venom against my countrymen everyday on my streets!Recommend

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