MQM submits letter to UN chief over alleged mistreatment of activists

Published July 31, 2015
A copy of MQM's letter submitted to UN chief Ban Ki-Moon— Courtesy MQM.org
A copy of MQM's letter submitted to UN chief Ban Ki-Moon— Courtesy MQM.org

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has submitted a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, claiming excesses committed by the para-military Rangers in their ongoing security operation in Karachi.

The letter was submitted yesterday by MQM's International Secretariat, and was undersigned by the party's Head of International Relations.

Read: Court allows MQM's Qamar Mansoor to receive treatment

The party in its letter sent to the UN, alleges that their workers are being mistreated during the current security operation being conducted in Karachi, and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are unlawfully detaining their activists.

The letter specifically mentions the raid conducted on MQM's headquarters on the night of July 17, and the subsequent arrest of Qamar Mansoor, a member of the party's Rabita Committee.

MQM has further elaborated in their letter that the court had allowed Mansoor to get treatment in a private hospital, after an application was submitted in this regard.

Although the court had allowed treatment in the case, Rangers later denied it citing security reasons. The para-military force had earlier claimed during a court hearing that treatment was being provided to Mansoor in his special cell.

12 MQM activists declared proclaimed absconders

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday declared 12 activists of MQM as proclaimed absconders in the murder case of Jail Superintendent Amanullah Niazi.

The development comes after Ubaid alias K2 identified the 12 activists as those involved in the murder during a hearing at ATC.

Those accused in the case include Nouman alias Nomi. Sajid and Muzammil.

Niazi was murdered in 2005 along with his companions.

Also read: Rangers detain Muttahida leader Qamar Mansoor for three months

Qamar Mansoor and Rabita Committee in-charge Kaiful Warah were detained by the Rangers in a pre-dawn raid on the party's Nine-Zero headquarters earlier this month.

The two were apprehended for "arranging and facilitating" what Director-General Sindh Rangers Major-General Bilal Akbar called "hate speeches against peace of Karachi”.

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