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Tension engulfed the city as markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations shut down in several areas after the arrest of the former lawmaker was reported on tv news channels.  — File Photo
Tension engulfed the city as markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations shut down in several areas after the arrest of the former lawmaker was reported on tv news channels. — File Photo

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain condemned the arrest of a former provincial legislator belonging to the party, Nadeem Hashmi, whereas a shutdown was observed in Karachi and in some areas of Hyderabad on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

In a statement issued from the MQM's London secretariat, Altaf claimed that the Sindh government was conducting one-sided action against the MQM office bearers and activists and asked the provincial government to explain the reasons and clauses of the law under which the former Member of Provincial Assembly was taken into custody by law enforcers.

The MQM chief further said that he had always advised his party workers to remain calm and patient and appealed for the same today.

Altaf Hussain's statement concluded with the remarks that he had handed over the responsibilty, for the resolution of issues faced by party, its workers and citizens at large, to the members of the Rabita committee and the Tanzeemi (organising) sector, according to the MQM's official website.

The MQM chief said that those given the responsibility were completely independant in making their decisions and he hoped that they would make their deicions with complete honesty while remaining withing the parametres of party discipline, the statement added.

An emergency session of the MQM's Rabita (coordination) committee was also held at the party's London and Karachi headquarters to decide the further course of action to be taken over the arrest of party members.

Nadeem Hashmi was arrested late on Tuesday over suspected involvement in the murders of two policemen in Karachi's North Nazimabad area and was subsequently shifted to the Pirabad police station.

Reports say Hashmi is accused of firing on a police mobile in Karachi’s Haideri area on Tuesday in which the two policemen were killed.

Federal Information MInister Pervez Rasheed said chief minister Sindh was supervising the operation in Karachi.

He further said that all parties including the Pakistan Peopls Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) and the MQM were consulted over the Karachi issue and that all steps taken in the city were with the consensus of all parties.

Rasheed added that certain decisions were made which had to be implemented.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sindh Assembly's deputy opposition leader belonging to the MQM, Khwaja Izharul Hasan, along with several other party members reached the Pirabad police station to inquire about the details regarding the arrest of their colleague.

Hasan alleged that instead of targeting criminal elements, the operation was being conducted against the MQM and requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take notice of the incident.

He further said that the party was being punished for demanding the handing over of Karachi's administration to the Army and that the MQM was not against conducting of targeted operation.

Izhar also claimed that the arrest of 'innocent' workers had raised questions over the neutrality of the operation.

Karachi shutdown

Tension engulfed the city as markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations shut down in several areas after the arrest of the former lawmaker was reported on tv news channels.

Public transport and traffic remained sparse on roads. Moreover, Karachi Transport Ittehad declared that buses would remain off the roads.

The All Private School Management Association (APSMA) announced a closure of all private schools in Karachi and students were returned to their homes.

Academic and administrative activities at the Sindh Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi University and Federal Urdu University stood suspended and all exams scheduled for the day were announced as postponed. The next date of examinations would be announced later.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed in separate incidents of gun-related violence in Malir and Abul Hassan Ispahani road areas of the city.

Moreover, a vehicle was torched near Nasir Jump area in Karachi's Korangi locality.

Another vehicle was set on fire near Rabia City in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi whereas a truck was set alight near Two-Minute Chowrangi in Karachi's North Karachi area.

Similarly the situation in Sindh's Hyderabad city also tenured tense as markets, shops and schools partially closed down in the city.

Rangers personnel patrolled the streets of Hyderabad and engaged in checking of vehicles and pedestrians in the city.

Comments (71) Closed

Afrooz Sep 11, 2013 08:48am

What is taking the British police so long?

Anonymous Sep 11, 2013 08:59am

we are still stuck in our schools. Our faculty staff won't let us go, SOMEONE PLEASE HELP US! PLEASE. Send someone and save us! contribute your services to save HUMANITY AND INNOCENT STUDENTS!

Saima Khan Sep 11, 2013 09:57am

.Start of this operation was against MQM.

Invite Dr Farooq Sattar in the first meeting with PM and remove him from the guest list just before the meeting. Brought Mohajir Republic Army issue and took back by them self. Make racist Qaim Ali Shah as a supreme commander of this operation even he is a political activist and his sympathies towards lyari is not hidden

mehboob malik Sep 11, 2013 10:19am

Really this is very brutal step of arresting such an innocent person from the whole innocent community....... At the one end we say we have no objection about the targeted operation and at the other end when someone is arrested for investigation we start shouting. Every body who lives in Karachi knows who is doing 90% of crimes in the city.

Ali Sep 11, 2013 10:29am

Another vehicle was set on fire near Rabia City in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi whereas a truck was set alight in Karachi's north Karachi area.

Similarly the situation in Sindh's Hyderabad city also teured tense as markets ------in the city"

What kind of reporting is this?

shuaib Sep 11, 2013 10:36am

If these type of leaders, who instigate violence and protect criminals, continue to lead, the peace is not insight. Good luck to the people of Karachi.

MAC1960 Sep 11, 2013 11:29am

Why cannot these people are willing to face the charges in the courts and instead of inciting people for protest and violence. MQM and not just them seem to be untouchables.

Concerned Sep 11, 2013 11:39am

The moment any of the higher ups are touched, these political parties will start making a fuss. It's ok to have the little guys arrested but don't go for the big fish!!! The People of Karachi are so used to by now, they automatically close business and the city down, I am not sure if there was a call for strike? I thinks the pressure should be kept and the rangers should be allowed a free hand continue to do their jobs. Otherwise, we should not complain, next time some one gets a demand note. If the Gentleman is innocent, let that be proven through due process.

khanm Sep 11, 2013 11:41am

Fairness is not an attitude. It's a professional skill that must be developed and exercised by government and the political parties

Khawar T khyam Sep 11, 2013 12:00pm

I think MQM should learn to trust Judiciary.

karl Sep 11, 2013 12:05pm

First they call for across the board crack-down against criminals irrespective of political affiliation. then they cry victimization when their members are picked up.


Muhammad Taqi Sep 11, 2013 12:33pm

What's the big deal in an MPA being arrested? There are ex prime ministers in the world being sentenced. We have an independent judiciary, if he is innocent he will come out. Rangers and police should work actively to stop the city being shut down. Twenty million people can't suffer because one suspect got arrested.

AHMAD Sep 11, 2013 01:05pm

Here comes all to surface, who are the ones spoiling the peace of Karachi. They uses the Political parties as a shield, and the parties also shield them.

Gul Khan Sep 11, 2013 01:12pm

This has become a joke now that Karachi is brought to a stand still every time some action is taken against MQM. Let the Law takes its due course and there is no point in reacting in such a way to disrupt every day life. No one is above the law whether given mandate or not.

Kolachi Sep 11, 2013 01:10pm

Na maloom Afraad. lolz

Syed Hussain Akabri Sep 11, 2013 01:13pm

Why is Mr. Altaf Hussain getting irritated on the arrest of his party worker. It shows very clearly the character of our polticians. Coming on the Channels and uttering that yes the government should arrest any one who is found suspecr of any crime whether the party of the suspect is in power or not. The decision then lies with the judiciary to hear the matters and then decide. These are all big words but uttered by small people.

Sami Sep 11, 2013 02:04pm

MQM asked the CJ to leave and now they are asking him to help. At the end of all this, all parties will be asking for CJ to help and will do nothing to stop the killing of innocent people.

Nazim hussian Sep 11, 2013 02:17pm

We are tired of these strikes every day by the different political parties. Within hours of arrest they give statements of innocence, no court no investigation. Seems like angels are coming in the city to murder peoples and all the political workers are so innocent. Give us a break.we are sick of these so called politicians.

zafar iqbal awan Sep 11, 2013 02:26pm

We all should be ashamed on what has happened in the past and what is still happening at Karachi City. Thousands innocent have been murdered with unimaginable economical and financial losses to the country. Unfortunately this trouble started when the MQM was formed under the wings of General Zia-ul-Haq in 1986. Thereafter history is open and readable by any one. Now when all the political forces including MQM bitterly require restoring peace at Karachi, any hindrance against the action of Sindh Govt. or Rangers in this regard shall create further doubts on sincerity to the measures being taken for peace. It is mandatory for our survival to purge this city from the criminals. To achieve this vital objective, the politicians have already agreed to conduct targeted operations without any discrimination. Then why now objection on arrest of MPA or MNA. All are equal before law and to our knowledge everybody is being treated with same yard stick otherwise Supreme Court of Pakistan is vigilantly monitoring the situation. If ZA Bhutto and other Prime Ministers can be trialed in courts then demand for exemption of Ex MPA is not fair. Such attitude shall delay in providing peace to 200 million people. Altaf Bhahi kindly review it and take better position on targeted operations in Karachi. It shall further elevate your political stature.

AHMAD Sep 11, 2013 02:27pm


Karachi Wala Sep 11, 2013 03:08pm

The charges of involvement in murders against an ex minister are serious allegations. No one should quickly jump to a conclusion. It is ironic though, MQM is already shutting down everything.

iftekhar hussain Sep 11, 2013 03:16pm

Even a dumb fellow can say that this operation is one sided. Today, Wednesday 9th instant, Karachi is closed. Reason, 'one sided operation'. Proof. Law enforcement personnel surrounded, Al-Karam Square and Apsara Apartment at Liaqatabad and arrested more than 12 young chaps of about 20 and 30 years. Then another search operation was at Sagheer Centre at F.B.Area, donot know how many were arrested. These are all Urdu speaking areas. Now the other side of the picture. Just two persons were arrested at Rabia City (biiger than any plaza in Karachi).

pakiboy Sep 11, 2013 03:30pm

the same ghunda gardi of police and rangers started ..

Abdul Malik Sep 11, 2013 03:27pm

All hell breaks lose, all of a sudden, the moment you arrest and/or implicate any member or worker of MQM. These members, according to MQM high brass, become innocent and law abiding. It's an open secret that MQM has been holding the entire urban Sindh, especially Karachi, hostage since past several years. If Hashmi is innocent, prove it in the court of law.

faisal Sep 11, 2013 04:00pm

I am for sure not pro-MQM but it seems like for years they were allowed to be part of the status quo including previous governments of Nawaz but this time it is different and i suspect it is only because they supported Tahir ul Qadri's movement against corruption on the 23rd of December. This is their sole crime in the eyes of the current rulling party and this has become the sole reason why they are admant to presecute MQM. I wish it was for the right reasons! It sends a clear signal to all those voices against corruption! i know for sure this only strengthens the call of Tahir ul Qadri to stand against corruption! only brave voice left on the horizon to be able to stand against this status QUO will be Tahir ul Qadri!

DMDiL Sep 11, 2013 04:05pm

what a joke, just one man arrest shuts the city of almost 22 million people and such a big population is sitting at home. no wonder why this country is doing so bad. Stop letting anyone control you. stop blaming any foreigner country for it. don't listen to anyone who is sitting in Europe. you have no freedom unless you do something about it.

Babar Sep 11, 2013 04:44pm

No arrest can be made unless enough investigation is conducted and evidence available. In this cas former provincial member has been arrested for political reasons rather than arresting known gang members of Layari. Karachi should be shutdown untill Urban areas of Sindh become a new province so Urban centers can get rid of rural Weadera and feudal lord's rule.

azhar ahmed Sep 11, 2013 04:45pm it was agreed before that all the chaos in Karachi had political links if any political party link is exposed then , why the shutter down....wake up people

asgher Sep 11, 2013 05:22pm

@Khawar T khyam: Are you new to Karachi ???

Fasahat Sep 11, 2013 05:26pm

This ultimately has to happen , force is not viable Rangers is not the solution

Dr. Rahman Sep 11, 2013 05:28pm


Very well put Kari.

FJ Siddiqui Sep 11, 2013 06:23pm

Karachites... try new players in the local politics! How long you would like to be 'served' by current ones...

DesiGoogly Sep 11, 2013 06:50pm

lots of fighting and shut down happening in karachi...

Shah Taj Unar Sep 11, 2013 07:02pm

Why the hue and cry by MQM? Why does the MQM not have faith in the judicial system? Let the courts decide whether the former MQM provincial legislator is guilty or innocent. Peace in Karachi can only be obtained when all political parties stop sympathising and protecting criminal elements within their folds.

ali Sep 11, 2013 07:01pm

MQM is playing foul as all parties had agreed that the operation will be conducted without discrimination, tomorrow some other party member can be picked up, so all the party leaders should keep quiet and cooperate with the government and let the courts decide the cases, the government should not bow down to the pressure of the MQM or any other party if their members are arrested for whatever reason and it is the duty of the courts to give their verdict/ruling in an honest way without pressure.The innocent should be released and the culprits should be behind bars where they belong.

AHMAD Sep 11, 2013 07:11pm


Hassan Sep 11, 2013 07:24pm

@Khawar T khyam: The operation is being conducted by Rangers under control of Sindh Government not Judiciary. MQM has asked a very genuine question, under which law has its ex-MPA been arrested, where are the (judicial) warrants. The right phrase is, he was picked-up by LEA's without registration of FIR or warrants.

Wsf Sep 11, 2013 07:30pm

We are hostage nation

ali ahmed Sep 11, 2013 07:40pm

@DMDiL: this not joke Why only one community is being targeted/ ,why Lyari gangsters along with Uzair jan allowed to fly out of pakistan inspite of non bailable warrant issued by the court? why rangers and police afraid to conduct operation against talibans militants in al-asif square/ why no operation in Lyari where rockets are being used...why mandate of karachi is not being accepted...why a party which represent 85% has no say in running the afair of karachi.The permanent resident of karachi who are called karachite and own the city are not seen anywhere in the administration and law enforcing agencies..hope dawn will publish my comments

Ali Danish Sep 11, 2013 08:28pm

@DMDiL: Bhai come and change and we will pay you what ever you want :D

Hassan Sep 11, 2013 08:47pm

@Muhammad Taqi: Whats the 'big deal'? are you a crackpot. the ex MPA was picked up, not arrested, the difference being no FIR or warrants, for allegedly killing 2 policemen standing besides their mobile van, while sitting on a motorbike. The alleged killer is an engineer and former MPA of the same area and a known personality there, where he is allegedly spreading anarchy, afterwards he goes home and later taken into custody. Have you ever heard such rubbish allegations, have you taken leave of your senses.

Hammad Sep 11, 2013 09:33pm

@DMDiL: Well that's the power of MQM! face it and learn to live with it

KI Sep 11, 2013 10:02pm

Can you imagine a Pakistan without MQM, that is MUTAHIDA QATILO KI MOVEMENT? WHat a beautiful place that would be

Ameena Sep 11, 2013 10:09pm

@azhar ahmed: MQM is breathing its last breath .

awanmanzoor Sep 11, 2013 10:10pm

We expect aboveboard action against all criminals irrespective their political affiliation. MQM will only be satisfied with action against its opponents.

Ahmer Sep 11, 2013 10:16pm

Never again. Muhajirs had learnt that bitter lesson in 1991-92 after losing tens of thousands of innocent lives.

Ameena Sep 11, 2013 10:21pm

@Saima Khan: OH stop crying victim every time some of your people are picked up .Let the law take its course .

Alex Sep 11, 2013 10:18pm

@Afrooz: Not a bad idea. Hand it over to Brits.

Muhammad Faheem Sep 11, 2013 10:25pm

Nice Starting, Hope Soon those people will be arrested or charged who are the reason of destruction in the Karachi,

Mohsin Sep 11, 2013 10:26pm

How does it feel to have a taste of your own medicine? And MQM demanded for the army... You can not fool all the people all the time

Paresh Sep 11, 2013 10:42pm

Government Should take some steps against all these strikes. I suggest that instead of doing all these strikes they should see the reason beyond these strikes and try to solve it.

Ali Sep 11, 2013 10:40pm

Where is Iftikhar Chaudhry? He is head of judiciary why he does take Suo motto against Altaf and MQM and give Insaaf to poor karachi people. Why he and his son fill jails with only poor people. Where is he?

M Ahmed Sep 11, 2013 10:50pm

This British citizen calling shots from London need to face justice.

Syed Sep 12, 2013 12:07am

There can not be peaceful peace in Karachi. Without bloodshed Karachi can not be normalized. Call army as requested by MQM.This MQM offer will not last long.

Faisal Sep 12, 2013 12:47am

MQM has destroyed Karachi economy by giving Strike calls. Salute to people of karachi for voting them again.!!

G.Nabi Sep 12, 2013 01:05am

@faisal: Faisal , you are wrong, initially Altaf & MQM supported Qadri but when the time came , he reneged on his promise and timidly backed away from so called long march. Altaf & his cronies are masters of political somersaults & u-turns., therefore urdu speaking section of Karachi needs a credible new leadership.

Justice4all Sep 12, 2013 01:44am

What is the fuss now. is this any secret that 3 big evils in Karachi are MQM, ANP and PPP? Let the drum role. arrest who ever is involved any kind of killing and badmashi.

Raja Sep 12, 2013 01:42am

Question to British police: Why this tiny little guy is not in jail yet?

Atif Sep 12, 2013 02:11am

@faisal: And you said you were not a supporter do MQM LOL. Whom are you fooling?

G.Nabi Sep 12, 2013 02:45am

If only Scotland yard would hurry up & help us.

K.A.Muhammad Sep 12, 2013 04:33am

"Karachi shutdown"

"Tension engulfed the city as markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations shut down in several areas after the arrest of the former lawmaker was reported on tv news channels".

"Public transport and traffic remained sparse on roads. Moreover, Karachi Transport Ittehad declared that buses would remain off the roads".

"The All Private School Management Association (APSMA) announced a closure of all private schools in Karachi and students were returned to their homes".

"Academic and administrative activities at the Sindh Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi University and Federal Urdu University stood suspended and all exams scheduled for the day were announced as postponed. The next date of examinations would be announced later".

Public reaction as reported above is in itself a proof the fear and dread "MQM" has created amongst the people of Sindh! They are the ones to introduce "Paya-Jam" strikes culture.

Nasiroski Sep 12, 2013 05:01am

There you go we are right back to the 80's. Nothing will come out of this "operation". This was expected when one side (PPP) of a turf war is made leader of operation. The operation needs to conducted by a Neutral party, which in case of Pakistan does not exist so this is all very much expected. There is no one to blame either but ourselves.

ushah Sep 12, 2013 06:33am

@Afrooz: Peace will prevail in Karachi, Inshallah.

Khan Sep 12, 2013 08:50am

The problem of Karachi is the bias attitude of federal and interior Sindh politician and bureucracy. They do not accept the mandate of people of Karachi nor they wanted to give people of Karachi their share in jobs in Karachi , Sindh govt and federal govt., share in revenue Karachi generates and feed the rest of the country. The operation is not impartial how many raids has been conducted in areas dominated by Taliban terrorist I.e, Sohrab goth, sultanabad, Kunwari colony, Kati pahari ? Why the law enforcement agencies are raiding localities where hard working, educated Mohajirs are residing. Go to Central Jail in Karachi and see the number of prisoners who mostly does not belong to Karachi. Everybody lay claims on Karachi own it and raise your voice against injustice meted out against Karachietes in every sphere of life when you do that we will vote for you till that time our vote is for MQM full stop.

Khan Sep 12, 2013 08:51am

@FJ Siddiqui: Advise me one new player who talked about rights about people of Karachi and the problems of Karachi?

Kashif Sep 12, 2013 09:34am

This has to be happened... With the current corrupt, politically biased and criminal minded police and rangers the Fair Operation is just a dream

Jamal Nasir Sep 13, 2013 04:57am

Every time MQM's leadership call a strike, business is shut down causing billions of rupees loss.It does not affect supremo Altaf, he is getting his full monthly allowance without any delay but our government run to IMF for a bail out.

Ostrich Head in Sand Sep 13, 2013 06:45am

@KI: So according to you, if MQM was wiped out, Pakistan will be as strong as Germany, Japan or USA economically and will be as peaceful and beautiful as Switzerland. Just like the thriving first world country we once were before the advent of MQM ( Read "extremely patriotic and wise Gen. Zia, CMLA). Right? I'm amazed at the Fox News audience type mentality of some of the bloggers here.

Imran Sep 13, 2013 02:20pm

Shame on us who listen to people like Altaf Hussain, who isnt a Pakistani, can never come to Pakistan, has no intention to serve people of Pakistan, yet we listen to him and vote for Him. Why are we complaining now that 10s are killed everyday, this was meant to be this way because of the way we Pakistani people worship leaders like Altaf Hussain. Cant MQM find a single good leader from Pakistan who cares about Pakistan, live for Pakistan and die for Pakistan. But i guess there is no such Pakistani in Pakistan who lives for Pakistan or is ready to die for Pakistan. Thats the dilemma we are facing, we need to look inside us and will see an answer to this brutality which is happening around us. May Allah show us the right path and give us the wisdom to decide between wrong and right. Ameen

Nasir Jamal Khan Sep 14, 2013 02:55am

@pakiboy: It's 90's all over again, when thousands young chap got 'police en-counterized' (read killed) after being arrested and hauled off in shackels.

noobguy Sep 14, 2013 06:44am

@ostrich head NO ONE will disagree who has a rationally thinking machine in his skull about the fact that Pakistan was and will be better without MQM. I agree that it will not be like USA, Japan, or other countries of which you sound a big die hard fan, after the extinction of MQM from this galaxy-which is very difficult, but my friend it will be easy to make Pakistan a better Pakistan without MQM than with it and its workers rampantly roaming through the streets armed & sometimes announcing the order of the day as The Great General Dyer(ironically) did when he was in Amritsar. Try to be truthful yar please!