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Case registered against killing of MQM worker

Updated Mar 12, 2015 04:46pm

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A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM's central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. — Photo courtesy: Facebook
A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM's central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. — Photo courtesy: Facebook

KARACHI: A case was registered over the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Waqas Ali Shah on Thursday who died a day earlier in a raid carried out by Rangers personnel on MQM headquarters.

On Wednesday, a heavy contingent of Rangers raided Nine Zero, the headquarters of MQM, in Karachi's Azizabad neighbourhood prompting a protest by party activists and a subsequent call for a day of "peaceful mourning" across the country. A number of party workers, including MQM's Rabita Committee member Amir Khan, were detained during the raid.

Take a look: Rangers raid MQM HQ in Karachi, detain member of Rabita Committee

MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil had alleged that Shah, 25, was killed in straight fire by Rangers personnel during the raid.

However, Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar said that the MQM activist did not die of gunfire by Rangers personnel.

Rangers spokesperson Colonel Tahir told Dawn that he was in the area during the operation and that “no one was killed”. He said it was not clear where Waqas Shah was killed.

Additional Inspector General (IG) Sindh Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo said the case was registered at Azizabad police station.

Later, funeral prayers were also offered for the deceased MQM worker.

Funeral prayers being offered for MQM worker Waqas Ali Shah. — DawnNews screengrab
Funeral prayers being offered for MQM worker Waqas Ali Shah. — DawnNews screengrab

Further investigation into the matter is underway.

Corps Commander Karachi visits Rangers HQ

Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar visited the Rangers headquarters in Karachi today and inspected the weapons seized by personnel of the paramilitary force during yesterday's raid on MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar accompanied by Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar. — DawnNews screengrab
Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar accompanied by Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar. — DawnNews screengrab

During the visit, DG Rangers Bilal Akbar apprised the Corps Commander of criminal elements operating in Karachi as well as the crackdown on Nine Zero.

He told him that 27 persons arrested during the raid, who were wanted in incidents of target killings, would be detained for 90 days under the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO). However, the total numbers of arrests made during the crackdown were not disclosed during the briefing.

Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar said the operation against 'criminal elements' should be continued, adding that there should be no exception in this regard.

Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar inspecting seized weapons. — DawnNews screengrab
Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar inspecting seized weapons. — DawnNews screengrab

'No Nato weaponry transported through Karachi'

In a tweet posted on its official Twitter account, the US State Department said that the United States and the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) had never used the Karachi port to transport weapons and explosives.

According to Rangers spokesperson Colonel Tahir, ammunition stolen from Nato containers was also seized during the search operation at Nine Zero.

Nine-Zero is not a no-go zone: Altaf

MQM chief Altaf Hussain has said in a statement that the party's Nine Zero headquarters is not a no-go zone and that the statement made by Corps Commander Karachi in this regard is not based on facts.

He added that several different families resided in the surroundings of Nine Zero hence the movement of thousands of people could not be restricted.

He also refuted the claim of Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar that the grand operation in Karachi was being conducted without any bias.

Cases registered against 27 MQM workers

Cases were registered against 27 MQM workers at Azizabad police station.

Sources told DawnNews that more than 10 cases were lodged over illegal possession of weapons, acts of terrorism and sheltering criminals. All cases are being registered in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act.

27 MQM suspects produced in ATC

Twenty seven MQM suspects, who were arrested in yesterday's raid, were produced in an anti-terrorism court in Karachi today.

The arrested suspects, including MQM's Central Coordination Committee member Amir Khan, were remanded to Rangers personnel under the PPO for 90 days.

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Abbas Mar 12, 2015 02:52pm

Sirf Altaf.

Sarfaraz Abbasi Mar 12, 2015 02:59pm

Case registered against, who?

Proud Pakistani Mar 12, 2015 03:01pm

Yes it is right - Bullet was fired straight from behind not from front by rangers. Old tactics of MQM to kill its own men and blame the law enforcing agencies - just to divert the attention and nothing else

Adnan Mar 12, 2015 03:07pm

i have lost of my hope on pakistan.......every legitimate grievance outside of punjab is seen as a nail and hence the hammer come banging in as a solution! we literally have learnt nothing from our own history!

Zeeshan Mar 12, 2015 03:11pm

Its good move. But my simple and innocent question... Will there be a raid on JuD headquarters? Or Ahmad Ludheyanvi's residence? Or selective jihadis will continue to enjoy state and establishment protection?

truth teller Mar 12, 2015 03:15pm

Eventually they will find there own worker behind this

muhammad Mar 12, 2015 03:20pm

good job rangers

pagrri Sanbhaal Mar 12, 2015 03:22pm

Commendable job by Rangers...please also go for the ring leaders.

Aaqib Mar 12, 2015 03:22pm

I hope now they can reveal "Na Maloom Afrad" easily !!

anees from zaida Mar 12, 2015 03:26pm

"... In a tweet posted on its official Twitter account, the US State Department said that the United States and the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) had never used the Karachi port to transport weapons and explosives." ... ... They had also claimed WMDs in Iraq which are still to be found. That shows how 'true' they can be.

Riz Mar 12, 2015 03:39pm

This is only just one, Waqas Ali Shah, what about those who were become the target of just one, Sahulat Mirza.

no comments Mar 12, 2015 03:42pm

was he seriously killed by the rangers...the videos shows the other story.

ali Mar 12, 2015 03:47pm

Well-Done Good Job Sindh Rangers.

asif Mar 12, 2015 03:59pm

A young energetic soul has departed seemingly firing from close range by ranger personnel by pistol as some TV grabs show defenately people of Karachi want action across the board including mqm but more importantly against banned outfits but in this case conflicting and political statements from rangers doesn'thelp the cause like mmentioning that they don't have small arms while TV footage shows otherwise also surprising that such huge armaments along with hard core terrorists according to them they have arrested in four hours of raid but not a single fire was fired by these hundreds terrorist this make people confused

Ahmed, Malaysia Mar 12, 2015 04:15pm

@Adnan I am from Karachi and I am a Mohajir so please stop playing these dirty tricks of reminding people of Bangladesh history whenever it comes to handling MQM's blatant and naked crimes. There is no connection between the two. Stop making others confused like yourself. Stop playing sindh card / mohajir card etc and know that a criminal is a criminal and a terrorist is a terrorist no matter what color his/her skin is or what clothes he wears or what race he is or what language he speaks. A man killed by TTP bullet has same effects for the victim and his family as the one killed by MQM, period. Justice must be served and it must be across the board, otherwise it will be meaningless and create more problems for the society.

rashid Mar 12, 2015 04:21pm

@Proud Pakistani And you were there and not the MQM workers and local residents?

Maqsood Mar 12, 2015 04:34pm

The video on social media showing other story of waqsas killing. but MQM blaming Rangers.

Agha.Jan Mar 12, 2015 04:41pm

Area around 90 was actually a NO-GO area. People living there are witness that every single street was guarded by at-least one armed guy sitting in a picket at the corner of the street.

nagi Mar 12, 2015 04:43pm

Its an attack on integrity of pakistan army

AK Mar 12, 2015 04:55pm

Sindh Rangers keep up the good work Jawans!

Sidd Mar 12, 2015 04:56pm

@Proud Pakistani how do YOU know from where the bullet was fired? See today's newspapers (Express) where a Rangers man is shown shooting from a small pistol. Till Yesterday they were claiming that Rangers did not use small weapons for firing.

Sami Ullah Swati Mar 12, 2015 05:06pm

Bravo Rangers! Need to sweep Karachi to restore peace!

M. Siddique Mar 12, 2015 05:14pm

MQM must come out clean or face the music.

Haque Parast Mar 12, 2015 05:19pm

It's funny how everyone is believing in one video by one tv channel that pretends to show a pistol which is not even there. But completely ignoring 100s of other videos and pictures of ranger pointing a pistol at the deceased. Contrary to DIG'S claim not only the Rangers were carrying 9mm pistols they were actually drawn out, waved around, pointed at people and actually fired (on video) when running away.

Fi Mar 12, 2015 05:21pm

Very cleverly MQM diverts the attention from the main issue.

khan98 Mar 12, 2015 05:38pm

Rangers have also previously been involved in the killing of innocent people as we all saw on camera, the dilemma is that there is no one to to give justice to those affected families!

khanm Mar 12, 2015 05:53pm

@Sarfaraz Abbasi... You cannot name rangers...

khanm Mar 12, 2015 05:54pm

@Proud Pakistani ... who do you trust in this country... no one... did you investigate the crime secne

Mian Amir Hakim Mar 12, 2015 06:03pm

@Adnan How does Punjab come in picture. Stop pointing at others and straighten your own house.

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Mar 12, 2015 06:05pm

@asif Superb English. One sentence eight and one half lines long. However, only the learned writer can explain the meaning.

Naeem Sajjad Mar 12, 2015 06:11pm

Well done!rangers.

M. Saeed Awan Mar 12, 2015 06:49pm

Rangers should take action against the person that halts the operation or protest without any solid reason.

Aku Mar 12, 2015 06:50pm

I think the party workers of MQM should now realize how sincere their leaders are. I am actually surprised they are blindfolded even after watching that video and none of the party workers or leaders have guts to admit that there are black sheeps within the party and they are resigning on humanitarian grounds.

propaki Mar 12, 2015 07:43pm

Hats off to Pak Rangers. May Allah Bless them all & Protect them.. Ameen

Shakil_Seena Mar 12, 2015 08:18pm

Karachi was a city of lights, love and prosperity. Thinking back to early 80's, feel like it was a paradise. Until MQM happened... :(

Lal Sherbat Mar 12, 2015 09:10pm

@Ahmed, Malaysia So true.

Bacteria Mar 12, 2015 09:48pm

Worker killed a worker on the instigation of some worker to work out a plan to worry the rangers. But the trick did not work.

Muhammad Mar 13, 2015 12:39am

@Proud Pakistani ... are you there? If not then you are a liar.... because this is called a blame what you have mentioned over here... Stop discrimination !!!

Muhammad Mar 13, 2015 12:39am

@Adnan .... Totally agree..

Muhammad Mar 13, 2015 12:45am

@Sami Ullah Swati .... yes pls go their snack shops around Karachi... May Allah help our country and save us from all looters..

Muhammad Mar 13, 2015 12:47am

@khanm why? Are they angels?

david Mar 13, 2015 03:48am

@Shakil_Seena Karachi was a city of lights and a shining star until the quota system was introduced. The city got taken to the gorund by non-residents (non Karachi domicile) who were illiterates and no qualified...

The urban and rural divide in Sind and quota system is the main reason for MQM.