KARACHI: Accusing Rangers of being involved in the “extrajudicial killing” of four workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the MQM on Friday warned of staging demonstrations on highways in Sindh if the killers were not arrested in 72 hours.
Addressing a press conference, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar appealed to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to direct Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani to hold an inquiry into the killings.
He also called upon the prime minister to appoint a judicial commission to investigate the incident and ensure recovery of “missing workers” of the MQM in 72 hours.
Dr Sattar said that MQM was a responsible party which did not unnecessarily blame any individual or institution.
He said the party believed that some Rangers personnel were involved in illegal arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings.
He said the four activists, whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in Memon Goth on Wednesday, had been picked up along with two comrades allegedly by the Rangers and officials in plain clothes from the Country Towers apartments on April 13. The workers were first taken to a Rangers checkpost near Al-Asif Square at Sohrab Goth from where they were shifted to an undisclosed location. “Whereabouts of two missing workers are yet to be known.”
Dr Sattar said the MQM would submit evidence if the prime minister constituted a judicial commission.
He appealed to the human rights organisations and civil society to raise voice against “enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killing” of political activists in Sindh, particularly Karachi.