KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has announced a peaceful shutter-down strike today against the late Tuesday’s raid at party leader Dr. Farooq Sattar’s house by the Rangers, SAMAA reported on Wednesday.
After a brief emergency meeting, the MQM’s Coordination Committee appealed to people of Sindh to keep their business activities at a standstill and transport off roads today in protest against the rangers raid.
Announcing protest today after a gap of over year’s time, the Coordination Committee urged the people to lodge their protest peacefully.
MQM will observe protest across Sindh including Karachi, the press release said.
The MQM’s decision-making body said the paramilitary force kept the entire area under siege for several hours, disallowing the people to leave for mosques to offer Traveeh prayers.
The MQM said the paratroopers involved in extrajudicial killing of Aftab Ahmed had not been arrested thus far.
Condemning the Rangers raid at Dr. Farooq Sattar’s house, Coordination Committee said Karachi Operation is being conducted against MQM exclusively.
Rabita Committee also urged upon the human rights organizations to take notice of human rights violations.
It should be mentioned here that the paratroopers conducted an hour-long siege of senior leader Farooq Sattar’s residence in Karachi on Tuesday.
More than eight vehicles carrying as many as 30 troops raided the street housing Sattar’s residence at PIB Colony.
According to our correspondent, entry and exit routes leading to Sattar’s house were sealed.
MQM spokesman Ameenul Haq said that Sattar was present at his residence along with his family.
Speaking to a TV channel, Sattar condemned the raid, saying that he has tried to contact director general of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) to express his concerns.
“I deserve better treatment after 30 years of my politics,” he said and demanded the paramilitary troops to allow media coverage.
The raid has triggered fear in the area as people were unable to offer Taraveeh due to the siege, the MQM leader added.
To a query, he said the presence of any criminal at his residence is out of question.
“Are they trying to heal people’s wounds or adding insult to injury,” he questioned.
Later, a large number of the party workers reached Sattar’s place and chanted pro-MQM slogans.
The Rangers is yet to issue a statement about the action. However, Rangers spokesman said Sattar’s house was not raided. –SAMAA