'Haider Abbas Rizvi advised against visiting Nine Zero'

Source says law enforcement agencies want to implicate Rizvi in cases of sectarian killings in the city

Our Correspondent July 17, 2015
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: In the wake of Rangers targetted raid and arrests of Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers from party headquarters, Nine Zero, senior party leader and Rabita Committee member Haider Abbas Rizvi has been told to not come to party headquarters temporarily, The Express Tribune has learnt.

"Haider Abbass Rizvi has been told not to come to Nine Zero because law enforcement agencies want to implicate him in cases of sectarian killings in the city," a source privy to the development said.

"Law enforcement agencies have warned Rizvi against leaving the city," the source added.

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

Rangers conducted a targetted raid at Nine Zero in Azizabad early on Friday morning, arresting Rabita Committee in charge Kaiful Warah and committee member Qamar Mansoor. The paramilitary force also surrounded the houses of party leader Farooq Sattar and Rizvi. However, Rizvi was not present at his house at the time.

"The rest of the leaders will continue to perform their political duties," the source said, claiming Rizvi is the only advised against visiting the headquarters.

The MQM leader has not been attending public gathering for the past few days, keeping his activities restricted to only visiting the headquarters at times.

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