Rangers raid Clifton restaurant owned by MQM MNA

The paramilitary force detained two people including the restaurant's manager before sealing the establishment

Rabia Ali/faraz Khan July 23, 2015
Biryani of the Seas (BOTS), owned by MQM MNA Ali Raza Abidi. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Rangers on Thursday evening raided the restaurant 'Biryani of the Seas' in Clifton, Karachi and detained the restaurant's manager.

The restaurant is owned by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Ali Raza Abidi.

Rangers reportedly detained two men, including a manager of the restaurant while also sealing the establishment.

Abidi said that one of the detained men was his cousin, Hasan Raza. He added that the Rangers also confiscated a computer and some files.

Moments after the raid, MQM’s senator Nasreen Jalil and Fouzia Hameed visited the restaurant, Express News reported.

MQM's Rabita committee has condemned the raid, calling it an act of vengeance by the Rangers since Abidi had actively spoken against the raids and arrests of party workers. They added that Abidi had also gone to Darakshan police station to register a case against Imran Khan for speaking against generals.

The MQM said that Thursday's raid proves that those who speak against the state will meet a similar fate.

After the raid, Abidi while speaking to The Express Tribune said, "They released Hassan at 3:45am. We will try to get the place unsealed and equipment returned tomorrow."

Earlier on July 17, Rangers had conducted a targetted raid on MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in Azizabad, arresting Rabita Committee in charge Kaiful Warah and committee member Qamar Mansoor.

Read: ATC hands over MQM's Qamar Mansoor to Rangers on 90-day remand

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.

Later on, Kaiful Warah was released but Qamar Mansoor was remanded into Rangers custody.


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