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DG Rangers admits deceased MQM worker was tortured during custody

Updated May 04, 2016 07:19am


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KARACHI: Director General (DG) Rangers Major General Bilal Akber accepted that the deceased MQM worker was tortured by Rangers in custody and vowed that strict action will be taken against those responsible for misconduct.

Talking to DawnNews on Tuesday night, Akbar accepted that Aftab Ahmed was tortured during custody and the standard operating procedures were not followed by some Rangers personnel in this case.

The DG Rangers assured that strict action will be taken against those responsible for this misconduct but maintained that Aftab's death had occurred due to a heart attack.

The statement comes after pictures and videos were seen doing rounds on the social media, reportedly showing the corpse of the deceased MQM worker having major torture marks across his body.

Earlier in the day, a Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader claimed that Aftab Ahmed, said to be the coordinator of senior MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, died in the custody of Rangers.

"Aftab Ahmed died during Rangers custody as he was detained for 90 days for no reason," MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil said in a tweet.

The Rangers later said in a press release that Aftab had complained of chest pain early morning, after which he was taken to the hospital.

Dr Seemin Jamali, head of emergency at JPMC, said Ahmed, who the Rangers picked up in a raid on Sunday, was admitted to the hospital at around 7am on Tuesday.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed on the man, who had no pulse and no blood pressure when he was brought to the hospital, she said.

He died at around 7:45am after doctors failed to revive him, she said.

Additional police surgeon Dr Kaleem Shaikh said the exact cause of his death would be ascertained after post-mortem.

"The death in custody is a cause for concern and we want a transparent investigation into the matter," Farooq Sattar told DawnNews.

The postmortem was conducted in the presence of a magistrate but the exact cause of death was reserved, said a hospital official.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly MQM's Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan demanded formation of a commission to investigate Aftab Ahmed's death, saying "responsibility should be fixed for his death in custody".

The Pakistan Rangers had informed on Monday the administrative judge of antiterrorism court about 90-day preventive detention of seven suspects, including Aftab Ahmed, for questioning.

The paramilitary soldiers along with their legal team produced the detainees before the judge along with intimation applications, detention orders and jail warrants.

They informed the court that upon receiving credible information about their involvement in targeted killing, kidnapping and extortion punishable under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, they were put under three-month preventive detention as provided in Section 11-EEEE of the ATA for an inquiry.

For a little over a year, MQM has been under the spotlight when it comes to the Rangers-led Karachi operation. In March 2015, Rangers personnel detained a number of MQM workers, including senior members such as Amir Khan, in a pre-dawn raid on the party's headquarters.

The raid, which prompted a protest by party activists, appeared to have symbolic significance in the operation that has been underway in Karachi since October 2013.

Most recently, Rangers arrested MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Shahid Pasha in a raid on his residence last month.


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M Jamal May 03, 2016 01:19pm

Will justice be served if proved for custodial death of Aftab Ahmad.

MAK May 03, 2016 01:26pm

This happens only in Karachi and only with MQM..

farjee May 03, 2016 01:37pm

MQM are stuck between stone and hard rock... Give justice to person even if he was a criminal..

Saqib Sharif May 03, 2016 01:44pm

Such extra-judicial killings will only revive MQM - i.e., in the shape of sympathy votes. The Law Enforcement personnel should avoid such kind of incidents.

Assad Khan May 03, 2016 01:57pm

No more justice for Muhajirs, this in-human act should be stop and given compensation.

SYED NASEEM AHMED May 03, 2016 02:05pm

Unfortunately the LEA are from one Province and they do not respect the lift of
Urdu speaking as they did with Bengalis and lost one part . They are unfortunately heading toward the same goal.

Syed Naseem Ahmed

zulfi karachi May 03, 2016 02:11pm

Operation has lost it's credibility.

FAHAD KHILJi May 03, 2016 02:12pm

He was under rangers custody taken by rangers as it's spokes man can have the idea what happens with ordinary Mohajirs and MQM...

ali fakhar May 03, 2016 02:13pm

I voted for PTI in 2013 but now i strongly believe that my survival exists in voting MQM....

afaq shahid May 03, 2016 02:22pm

Mohajir unity needed for the hour.....

faisal ishaq May 03, 2016 02:26pm

People calm down.. let the other party speak

Ehsan May 03, 2016 02:25pm

Fascism is taking hold of Pakistan.

Lost cause May 03, 2016 02:32pm

Please don't make another Bangladesh in Karachi. Political opponents should be treated with respect. In a democracy there should be space for all.

READER May 03, 2016 02:34pm

Consequently, this will further increase the MQM vote-bank and popularity. Karachites know well about such unfair tactics.

Saqib - MsjS May 03, 2016 02:35pm

This is very unfortunate but what we see in this scenario is that overall the law & order situation has become very delightful. If a Karachite die; all Karachi should raise their voice but we never witnessed anything like that. The people of Karachi "including me" are enjoying the peaceful environment which is only because of Tough decisions by Army Men.

Ahsan warsi May 03, 2016 02:36pm

Injustice .Punish the officers of LEA involved in killing during interrogation .

zameer May 03, 2016 02:37pm

He must have been forced to join mustafa kamal party and on the refusal he was killed.

shadan farrukh May 03, 2016 02:40pm

I am a PTI supporting urdu speaking sadly from now on no more . I want my own province and locals in the law enforcing forces .

Saqib - MsjS May 03, 2016 02:41pm

Some people again talking for Mahajir. I am mahajir but no army men ever disturbed me. But yes this is a fact I always be threatened by my very own Political Parties.

A Aziz May 03, 2016 02:43pm

These are the exact incidents why this community feels alienated and continues to vote MQM. A major change in LEA attitude is required to acknowledge this community so they also feel they are as equal Pakistani as other Pakistanis!

Hassan bilgrami May 03, 2016 02:44pm

Dear Raheel Sharif sahib

Will there be any justice

Zak May 03, 2016 02:49pm

Until MQM dumps the method of violence, no one will believe them, or care or sympathies. Change leadership and come out with new image and new philosophy.

Saqib - MsjS May 03, 2016 02:49pm

My grandfather migrated from India for Pakistan; my father migrated from Bengal for Pakistan. Being a true Pakistani; I shall have to fight the next war by awaking people that you are the real MAALIK of this LAND

wajeeha ghori May 03, 2016 03:01pm

@Hassan bilgrami shareef is only there to have properties in not expect from them.

Kashif Nasir May 03, 2016 03:02pm

Mustufa Kamal please condemn these killings if you really care about the mohajirs.

adnan May 03, 2016 03:08pm

I really feel sorry for his death. If the cause of his death is natural then Rangers can't be blamed as he was taken into custody legally. This incident should not effect the pace of Karachi operation as it has considerably improved Karachi law and order situation.

farooq ahmed May 03, 2016 03:11pm

@Saqib - MsjS Stop being punjabi and think like a muslim..this man had no charges but killed terribly.

Asim May 03, 2016 03:10pm

Nothing new.

M.Saeed May 03, 2016 03:15pm

@SYED NASEEM AHMED : Walk your talk and join a LEA of the counrty. Never create a rift just on presumptions.

akhtar mengal May 03, 2016 03:20pm

@adnan 2 days ago 7 policemen killed,1 week ago rangers check post was attacked, do you think that it has improved???

Qaim Zaidi May 03, 2016 03:30pm

The civil society /human right organizations should raise their voices and the supreme court should take suomotto .

Rais zaidi May 03, 2016 03:33pm

@Saqib - MsjS what a vague comment, lead on hot volcano. This is illusion not peace.what about innocent victims family. A criminal of MQM should not be treated criminally. Only court will decide.

50 Shades of Khaki May 03, 2016 03:42pm

Hope they were able to make his video confessional statement before he died

Ali May 03, 2016 03:48pm

Let the post-mortem report comes out. LEAs must have got him examined medically before taking him under custody.

sabahat May 03, 2016 03:49pm

oh God this is so unfair .are we living in a banana republic

Kamal Pasha. May 03, 2016 03:53pm

MQM alway blame for everything on government and has never accepted the crimes they have committed in Karachi for atleast last 20 years.

Farooq May 03, 2016 03:57pm

Very unfortunate and I feel sorry for the deceased.

Yangtze May 03, 2016 04:01pm

Tragic. Perpetrators of such human rights violations need to be booked.

M. Siddique May 03, 2016 04:01pm

It is bad that the person died.

M. Siddique May 03, 2016 04:03pm

@M Jamal, Let us lump this investigation with Baldia fire and dispense justice to all.

Shah May 03, 2016 04:08pm

Where to go and who to seek help for such cruelty??

Kalim Khan May 03, 2016 04:08pm

Now the rest of the country has to really think that why the Urdu-speaking of urban Sindh have no other choice but t vote MQM, despite the very negative/criminal image of its top leadership.

Amjad May 03, 2016 04:11pm

@SYED NASEEM AHMED Completely agree with you.

Raymond May 03, 2016 04:12pm

With these one side activities against one polictical party MQM, will only make them stronger with more common person supporting them.

Adil May 03, 2016 04:16pm

This event has forced me to think of my own province where my own people could secure me and my province.

Yasir May 03, 2016 04:17pm

Well I am a Muhajir & I was rooting for the operation clean up as well but it has been targeted on jut one particular party. It is an undeniable fact that all political parties are involved in crime & corruption. These kind of incidents just create chaos all around the city. They do not realize that they cannot just eliminate the terror by killing people, it will only revive MQM, they will get sympathy votes from all over the city. People like me who never support MQM, now will ultimately root for them.

cornered tigers May 03, 2016 04:17pm

The persecution of mqm and its supporters is nothing new. That's why the mqm still exists and people support it. At least there is a voice albeit no one listens.

Sheraz May 03, 2016 04:19pm

Mustafa Kamal please comment on this custodial death of Aftab Ahmed. He is Mohajir not a raw agent my friend. He got family and kids too... Why this only happen in Karachi...

Khilari May 03, 2016 04:20pm

That's not good, for the rangers or for the operation.

Jahangir May 03, 2016 04:22pm

@afaq shahid You are absolutely right.

Shahid Naeem May 03, 2016 04:22pm

People of Karachi have been put in very difficulty conditions and the rest of Pakistan enjoying heydays.

Jalal May 03, 2016 04:24pm

@Sheraz Why you asking him. He is part of the other side.

Saad May 03, 2016 04:44pm

We are all Pakistanis. This war between Punjabis and Muhajirs is not going anywhere. It only benefits the political parties to run their campaigns. People supporting a thought are themselves not clear with the realities.

aslam shaikh May 03, 2016 04:46pm

@Assad Khan My grandparents and parents were muhajir too. They lost most of their families. But after moving we became Pakistani. Everyone everywhere in Pakistan faces problems of all sorts

PAKISTANI May 03, 2016 04:48pm

Thats Why.....Karachi voters never allow PTI to enter in Karachi with even a seat.

Jalbani May 03, 2016 05:06pm

These steps are strengthening MQM day by day.

Sabahat May 03, 2016 05:10pm

People of Karachi are with MQM and will continue to support until objectives are achieved.

Marxist May 03, 2016 05:13pm

I stopped voting for MQM in last general elections however in 2018 I'll definitely vote for MQM..!!!

My 2 cents May 03, 2016 05:14pm

@zulfi karachi wait for postmortom report

Syed Ali May 03, 2016 05:17pm

Don't come to conclusion before postmortem report.

akhtar mengal May 03, 2016 05:45pm

@Syed Ali what postmortem ,he was young guy with no diseases...he had a heart failure ,he must have been beaten terribly.

Abdulla Hussain May 03, 2016 05:50pm

Rangers are doing exceptionally good work in Karachi to rid this mega city of terrorism, corruptions etc BUT there is a limit to use of force specially when the person is in Ranger's custody. Extra judicial killing of MQM workers & excess use of force will derail the vision of General Raheel Sharif for bringing justice across the board. It is about time the DG Rangers take notice of this & all such killings to avoid negative impression from being formed in the minds of the peoples of Karachi.

PakCanuck May 03, 2016 05:56pm

The silence of the political parties is deafening. This is not a MQM issue but a human rights, political rights and human dignity issue.

Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, PPP leadership etc need to condemn this act

Patriot May 03, 2016 05:58pm

@Saqib Sharif You cannot jump to conclusions!!

Patriot May 03, 2016 05:58pm

@ali fakhar Good luck to you

ishtiaq May 03, 2016 06:03pm

Lets wait for the post mortem, we will find out what happened and who did it.

Lets no point out figures to any body yet.

Jamshed May 03, 2016 06:11pm

This is brutal and unacceptable.

Ayub May 03, 2016 06:24pm

The cause of death of the deceased should be investigated.

Kabeer May 03, 2016 06:31pm

@Saqib - MsjS "overall the law & order situation has become very delightful" because majority of criminals do not belong to Karachi they come from other provinces / areas and when this operation was started they left for their native areas this is a temporary lull

N_Saq May 03, 2016 06:35pm

Like someone said here "MQM is stuck between a rock and a hard place". The reason is because MQM has isolated itself with the politics of confrontation instead of reconciliation. In politics there should always be room for negotiations in order to form alliances, however, policy of constant confrontation never works and all always fail.

Due to this policy of confrontation, MQM has lost all support in the Center, interior Sindh, other provinces and Armed forces and the result is quite obvious.

Yes, MQM supporters are correct that there are criminals in other party too plus there are genuine grievances of the Urban Sindh that needs to be addressed. However, by pointing fingers at others does not absolve the party of crime. Similarly, violence is not the answer to one's grievances and talks are always the right approach.

So the questions is - are MQM supporters happy with the status quo where all doors are closed on them or are they ready to change strategy and make a difference?

Sayyid May 03, 2016 06:37pm

Great Job Pak Rangers!! Please do your duties & bring the peace back to Karachi. Karachi is the heart of Pakistan

Muhammad May 03, 2016 07:07pm

@N_Saq Very callous remarks when MQM sided with PPP you people said that MQM is partner in corruption with PPP government when they left the corrupt parties you are saying that MQM should adopt reconciliation

Khan , USA May 03, 2016 07:14pm

Not acceptable at all ! This is brutal and criminal !

Khan , USA May 03, 2016 07:19pm

This will further alienate Muhajirs from national and mainstream politics and further rift and contention between Muhajirs representing urban Sindh and the rest of Pakistan ! Anyone killed out of judicial system is illegal and unconstitutional !

Hammad May 03, 2016 07:25pm

@N_Saq Yes Mohajirs will change the strategy and soon you and whole Pakistan will see its result. A separate province is imminent.

Shabihuddin May 03, 2016 07:35pm

The living of Mohajirs has become so difficult that they are left with no option. They have been push against the wall. Now the time is to begin with new province for future of our generations. Mohajirs cannot be slaved.

Adil naeem May 03, 2016 07:38pm

Extreme Zulm. A Pakistani was killed in the hands of forces responsible for his security.

Adil Najam May 03, 2016 07:41pm

This will aggravate frustration of Mohajirs and may bring dire consequences.

N_Saq May 03, 2016 07:51pm

@Muhammad I know MQM blames it on PPP and its feudals for not allowing them to function by not allotting them their due share. However, my question is that if that is true and if PPP is the reason for non development in urban Sindh for the last 30 years then how do you think the PPP will change course and will allow MQM to function in the future? The reason MQM can not take on PPP is because PPP is a national party whereas MQM is a regional party. Also, irony of the situation is that you can not live in Sindh and mess with Sindhis on the basis of ethnicity.

The thing that will solve all problems facing Pak is strengthening of laws by making the judiciary independent and depoliticizing police force so it protects law and order instead of rich and powerful.

No party can solve all the problems of a common man as every party has its own agenda and interests, only enforcement of laws without prejudice and privilege can save Pak.

Kabeer May 03, 2016 07:57pm

In such a situation when protector start behaving like this and there is no door from where they can get justice then MQM has all the right the get help from wherever they get it

Rahat May 03, 2016 07:58pm

The incident should be probed and law should take its course if someone is guilty

Kabeer May 03, 2016 08:02pm

@M.Saeed Will they select a genuine Karachiite for LEA job when Karachiites are totally neglected for any government job especially Police jobs then how come you expect a Karachiite will get a job in any other LEA ? please first see the makeup of Karachi police which consists of 99% outsiders then post such comments you are far from ground realities

Shakil ahmed May 03, 2016 08:03pm

The big game about to begin.

VoiceOfReason May 03, 2016 08:05pm

PML-N govt is bad for Pakistan. They will do un recoverable damage to the solidarity of Pakistan.

Khan , USA May 03, 2016 08:17pm

Law enforcement agencies personnel from other provinces handle Karachites very differently !

Ansar May 03, 2016 08:23pm

@Kabeer Exactly. The root cause of the Karachi problems is import people from laborers to bureaucrats from outside of Karachi. People of Karachi most educated in the country are not entitled to get jobs specially in forces. Now the only solution is to make Karachi a new province so that Mohajirs can run affairs by their own.

Akhtar Durrani May 03, 2016 08:26pm

Gen Raheel must take notice.

Muhammad May 03, 2016 08:33pm

@N_Saq "The thing that will solve all problems facing Pak is strengthening of laws by making the judiciary independent and depoliticizing police force so it protects law and order instead of rich and powerful" and who will do this ? feudal sitting in the assemblies ? or your so-called National parties whose interest is in status-quo until and unless the people of other provinces and areas would not start electing middle class educated people like Karachiites did nothing will change in this country

Hashim May 03, 2016 08:35pm

It is high time that General Raheel Sharif pay attention to Karachi

Shakibullah May 03, 2016 08:39pm

The rangers apprehended him couple of days ago and court has given 90 days remand. He was responsibility of the rangers, but he was tortured so much he could not tolerate and died.

Ashfaq May 03, 2016 09:05pm

MOhajirs need to ask for their own province so that they can live fearlessly

Amir Zameer May 03, 2016 09:04pm

We need separate province for our dignity & respect ,

Dr Rehman (Dow Wala) May 03, 2016 09:07pm

long live MQM and AH

they cannot eliminate us, we will survive and win the battle soon. Inshallah

Long Live Altaf Hussain, I

Danish nawaid May 03, 2016 09:20pm

Muhajirs time to wake up .We will select our reps for assembly but will always be under the thumb of the corrupt wadera govtof sindh.

Khan , USA May 03, 2016 09:23pm

Enough is enough ! Law enforcement agencies needed to be controlled and subjected to be under law !

N_Saq May 03, 2016 09:29pm

@Muhammad Yes you are correct.

rashid May 03, 2016 10:06pm

Rangers who killed the innocent (as the deceased was not tried ) must be tried in court a case should be registered in international court. The blood is on hands who support and cover brutality of rangers.

Saima Khan May 03, 2016 10:17pm

Surprise no Ranger statement so far. I am sure they are preparing story & will connect Aftab with Raw.

Aatir Ehrar May 03, 2016 10:24pm

I strongly condemn ethnic politics but this kind of torture is extremely wrong and endorses ethnic politics, division, violence, xenophobia and gives credibility to the voices of MQM. When will be learn tolerance and acceptance of other people so such a social beast can be eliminated?

M Jamal May 03, 2016 10:49pm

The body of the deceased speak of the reality.The PM,CJSC or the Army chief must act now for justice in the matter.

Shahid Aziz May 03, 2016 11:00pm

@Dr RehTtman (Dow Wala) The only way to stop this sin in karachi Police and local administration should be given power through their representative .

Haque Parast May 03, 2016 11:52pm

This is not an isolated, one-time incident. Rangers will try to pin it to one or two scapegoats but we know this is business as usual against innocent citizens of Karachi.

zia ullah May 04, 2016 12:46am

If Army Chief is not biases with Mohajir community they should take action against culprits and responsible 4 this incident & sack their command officers immediately its not human being action. People of Karachi looking 4 justice from Army Chief

SYED May 04, 2016 12:50am

Now what is the moral ground left for the DG to stay incharge. The case should be filed against him and all the culprits and put them behind bars and ultimately hang them.

Atam Vetta May 04, 2016 12:52am

The announcement that action will be taken against the Army culprits is most welcome. Others deaths in custody should also be investigated. Efforts should be made to bring MQM to the mainstream of politics for the sake of unity of Pakistan.

Akbar May 04, 2016 12:52am

Establishment is angry as its plan is completely failed in form of PSP. Now it is targeting MQM workers to turn their loyalty but upon refusal the workers are killed and tortured, handicapped for life. This brutal atrocities were carried out with Bengalis in 70s and the outcome everyone knows now. The same establishment striving to create such situation in order to fulfill its objectives. People of Karachi are well aware of all these tactics.

asif May 04, 2016 12:51am

A drilling in body parts of deceased are we living in Israeli occupation I don't think that even they tortured this much height of brutality but if someone speaks he will labelled as agent

Sajjad May 04, 2016 12:55am

Mark my words, people who are cursing rangers, will miss them when they are off. Collateral damages happen everywhere and they were investigating someone with serious crime allegations like target killing, extortion, money laundering. why you all were numb when in numerous investigations it has been proved that MQM itself has been involved in killing its own workers. Control and wait for investigation results. I have full trust in Rangers that we will know the truth and culprits will face the punishment like they have in past when rangers killed a street criminal and both sepoy ended up in jail. so calm down!

kalhoro May 04, 2016 12:56am

Someone who was not willing to change royalty receives extra dose of torture. They should know everyone is has breakeven point. Now that DG ranger has excepted, they have lose whole moral ground detaining any political worker. DG ranger should also resign from his post if he wants keep high moral and faith of people of Pakistan, specially Karachi.

Qasim May 04, 2016 12:59am

This is a reminder of colonial regimes. I am sure none of the rangers officials would be tried and persecuted. Sarfraz Shah case was a litmus test and law enforcement officials have miserably failed in enforcing law on themselves.

Zak May 04, 2016 01:08am

This should never happen. Bring them to court and convict them, but do not kill them in custody.

Adeeb May 04, 2016 01:21am

These Criminals in Uniform should be brought to justice, they should not be suspended as they typically do, but sacked and proper prosecution is the demand of the masses.

Ek Gumrah Insan May 04, 2016 01:23am

@Lost cause Sahab,

Not Bangladesh but Bangladeshes.

Tamed5 May 04, 2016 01:26am

Torture or not, ultimate cause of death is always a cardiac arrest. A natures phenomenon. Also someone exposed to electric shocks (when tortured) can die of a cardiac arrest.

Faith May 04, 2016 01:35am

As long as Rangers accept their mistake and take action against responsible and bring them to justice this will show Rangers honesty towards people of Karachi. But first thing first our sincere condolence to the family of Aftab Ahmad and we are all sad. Please people stay together and united support our forces they are the only way out....

ali May 04, 2016 01:36am

just like that ... there is the support for MQM coming from ... no PP, no PTI, no other group can understand or match it. there are injustices that muhajirs face and they support Altaf Hussein who identified and give them an identity. Imran Khan does not feel for the muhajirs.

Kaunjee May 04, 2016 01:40am

I am leaving PTI and going back to my source, MQM.
Imran khan is anti mohajir as well. In his Naya Pakistan, Urdu speaking folks will continue to suffer !

Adeeb May 04, 2016 01:42am

@PakCanuck Well when it comes to MQM or Urdu speaking folks they don't care about it as they don't consider them a true Pakistani or son of the soil. Imran Khan narrow mindednness is on recorde as he was always furious over the Karachi crowd, and always discourage talent from Karachi during his cricketing days.

Danish nawaid May 04, 2016 01:49am

At last DG rangers had to admit after deadbody with gruesome tortured holes gone viral on the net . Will heads roll now DG rangers ? This act is not going end up well if justice denied .

Asif May 04, 2016 01:58am

@Sayd Naseem Ahmed, this was the point taken up by your leader and that is why Karachi has reached this point. People like me who were born in this city have left Karachi becasue of this attitude of yours.

irfan May 04, 2016 02:23am

@SYED NASEEM AHMED They think history never repeats itself.

Saima May 04, 2016 02:30am

What a sorry state of affairs!!!! My heart is broken and no hope. Even if he was a criminal he should have not died like this esp. under the custody of law enforcement agencies. So sorry......

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali May 04, 2016 02:30am

The MQM was right in the past.

Lafanga May 04, 2016 02:55am

Any death is tragic but specially if it happens in custody. This should be investigated properly.

Fahad May 04, 2016 03:00am

If Imran Khan doesn't condemns it... count one more vote for mqm in 2018!

Rangers did a big mistake. All their rebuilt credibility in karachi has been vanished.

We need a province and police of our own else nobody can beat mqm from karachi in 2018.

MJK May 04, 2016 03:05am

If true that he died because of torture, then action should be taken against those who went beyond the rules of interrogation. Let the truth come out and at the same time publish the list of charges against him,

WATSON May 04, 2016 03:06am

Rangers operation to clean up the city from terrorists and blackmailers and kidnappers etc is good work , but death during detention because of torture is totally unacceptable.

Sub se pehle Pakistan May 04, 2016 03:39am

@ali fakhar I voted for MQM last time. But I will vote for PSP next time, as I am tired of violance.

aslam shaikh May 04, 2016 03:45am

Rangers were man enough to admit their mistake

aslam shaikh May 04, 2016 03:47am

@aslam shaikh my grandparents moved from Punjab and most of theirs family got killed during the process

muhammad farooq May 04, 2016 03:52am

while I do not support MQM I would say that this should not have happened. Those responsible for this death should be held accountable and duly punished. Those who are expected to enforce law and order should not break law themselves.

kkhurshid form Kalabat May 04, 2016 04:17am

I am still waiting for someone responsible to comment. I will accept what Mustafa Kamal has to say about this killing. To me muhajir are just like my brothers, matter of fact they should not call them muhajirs they are pakistanis just like any other pakistani, but unfortunately the criminal elements in MQM has destroy the image of urdu speaking in Karachi .

anisa farooqui May 04, 2016 04:24am

DG rangers since you accepted the responsibility punish the culprits without any delay .

Syed Husain May 04, 2016 04:26am

@Assad Khan In your own words, could you please define who is a Muhajirs? To the best of my knowledge, Aftab Ahmed was born and raised in Pakistan.

Naeem arif khanzada May 04, 2016 04:56am

Rahil sharif must start invastigation

brar May 04, 2016 05:17am

The Dr. says there was no bp and pulse when brought to the hospital at 7.00 AM and

Muslim Medina May 04, 2016 05:27am

As long as we have PMLN in power and we do not have local law enforcement officials, Karachi will see many more killings and it will never stop.

Keti Zilgish May 04, 2016 05:28am

Killings, legal or otherwise must stop and society, in order to retain even a mere semblance of humanity, must pay for the cost of crime caused entirely by faulty legislation.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan May 04, 2016 05:40am

Blood of a common man who speaks national language has no value? and people wonder why urban sindh loves and votes for MQM. The reasons are evident in this case. Another innocent MQM worker fell victim of extra judicial killing.

AHMED May 04, 2016 06:05am

Very very Poor Performance.

Anonymous May 04, 2016 06:18am

This is the beginning of an end. What is end is obvious. Nations that hasn't provided justice to its citizens were destroyed. Either by neighbors or nature. Patriotic Pakistanis has to decide what to do next to avoid deestruction.

Shahid May 04, 2016 06:39am

Yes it is wrong for the authorities to torture criminals while in custody

Deepak Kumar May 04, 2016 06:56am

Operation Searchlight in progress

Khan , USA May 04, 2016 07:34am

For how long and how many ?

Ather Wahaj May 04, 2016 07:51am

Sad, very sad. Extrajudicial killings would raise fingers on the sanctity of Karachi Operation.

! j May 04, 2016 07:50am

what does a coordinator do for the party leader by the way? can someone please educate me?

Usama May 04, 2016 08:11am

Any effort no matter how sincere without objective thinking will kead to such disasters. Yes those who were responsible should be brought to justice. But what is more important for authorities is to learn how to deal with political parties.

Use of shere force has its negative consequences.

Rangers should understand that to deal with terrorism in karachi one has to conduct operation on institutions rather than political parties.

Strengthen ur law enforcement and address the issues rather than tackle symptoms.

Just imagine what the deceased family will be passing through.

Tanvir May 04, 2016 08:25am

@farooq ahmed off course stop thinking like muhajir, be a muslim

Tanvir May 04, 2016 08:30am

@Hassan bilgrami Justice for all including those killed murdered robbed and burnt alive

Syed Ali May 04, 2016 08:30am

Perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice;

Syed Ali May 04, 2016 08:37am

@afaq shahid Matter of fact it is time for the unity of Sindh; dark clouds are hanging on Sindh; once Gwadar port become operational Karachi will lose its luster; wake up Sindh.

Mustafa R. May 04, 2016 08:44am


MQM is supported by a majority of Karachittes,

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali May 04, 2016 08:44am

Where should MQM go from here. Chief Justice or International court.

Canadawala May 04, 2016 08:46am

@adnan There are too many if's..However will another Court on the day of judgement and everything with be crystal clear.

Mustafa R. May 04, 2016 08:48am

I commend general sahib

Syed Ali May 04, 2016 09:01am

@Ansar Balouchis have their province; do you think they are happy. Problem is Punjab and its arrogance towards smaller provinces.

KB May 04, 2016 09:23am

Stop treating MQM workers in-humanly.

KB May 04, 2016 09:28am

MQM going stronger and stronger each time there workers are killed cold blood.

khi1991 May 04, 2016 09:31am

@ali fakhar

I, too, but for the time being, Altaf is not another re-replacement, we must go for Mustafa Kamal. When you know the facts,

Ali Rizvi May 04, 2016 09:35am

No one should be allowed to cross the limits/take the law into their own hands! And those in uniform should be more careful!

Riaz Uddin May 04, 2016 09:37am

Torture to death of a political worker is a flagrant violation of human rights DG rangers should take appropriate steps and an independent imvestigation into this horrible homicide of a politocal workers be carried out and responsible be awarded exemplary punishment which is essential to uphold rule of law and maintainig connfidence of general public enforcemen agencies.

Badshah May 04, 2016 09:41am

Now, we karachites should raise our voice for separate province.

khi1991 May 04, 2016 09:47am

@Ahsan warsi

Why not punish those first who killed more than 20,000 civilians in Karachi?

khi1991 May 04, 2016 09:48am


Nice and Balanced talk!

raheel May 04, 2016 09:52am

The totrure on Aftab Ahmad is gruesome and he must be given justice after death. Those responsible for torture should be given the due punishment.

Akil Akhtar May 04, 2016 09:56am

It is great of Rangers to admit this which is what any civilised force or a nation does...unlike our police and politicians who do not accept any wrongdoings. Will MQM now accept the presence of criminals among its ranks....?

neutral May 04, 2016 09:55am

DG Rangers has accepted blame of torture and also promised to investigate and punish those responsible. This. the Police would never do. His admission itself is graceful. Matter of fact, none is arrested without any link with criminal activities.

karachi wala May 04, 2016 10:20am

@Assad Khan: What compensation: would a father of orphans, a husband of a widow, a son of mother, a brother of sisters would be brought back.

Can any one on the world replace Aftab with another man with whole wealth of the world?

SAira May 04, 2016 10:35am

It appears that MQM was right after all.

jehanzeb May 04, 2016 10:58am

this is really a sad incident. Criminals must be captured and interrogated but punished only after they found guilty. Rangers have done wonders for karachiites and the last two years have been very good for karachiites but these one or two said incidents should not undermine the efforts of army and paramilitary force

Mohammed Sattar May 04, 2016 11:07am

Unfortunately in Pakistan and other third world countries this sort of thing happens regularly where police and other law enforcement agencies are inadequately trained and there is no oversight on what they do,so they only way they now how to investigate anything is to beat a confession out of the accused and sometimes things don't go to plan.

Tanwir May 04, 2016 11:16am

@Kamal Pasha. What does this has to do with Extra-Judicial Killing?

The Right Left May 04, 2016 11:20am

If one has a heart attack due to torture. That ,sir, is a death by torture. Not by heart attack. !

The Right Left May 04, 2016 11:22am

@faisal ishaq The other party has already spoken. Accepted that deceased was tortured only because torture marks on body were undeniable. Torture is a standard procedure in any investigation in Pakistan, and thats a fact.

Azam Pasha May 04, 2016 12:02pm

@Deepak Kumar This will all end soon

Concerned Pakistani May 04, 2016 12:02pm

@Saqib - MsjS Dear would you write these words if your own brother is killed in this way. Humanity should be first consideration. All powers from 90 days detention to military courts have been provided then how extra judicial killings can be justified.

Mansoor Ansari May 04, 2016 12:31pm

Justice in Pakistan is an unseen animal

Pakistani May 04, 2016 12:33pm

@Saqib - MsjS I pray this would not happen with any of your Urdu speaking relative or brother

ahsan May 04, 2016 01:00pm

@ishtiaq do u saw images

atti May 04, 2016 01:16pm

Please Rangers release other innocent workers if any

R1asti May 04, 2016 01:20pm

@farjee correct every one has the right to life.

Li-N-Ja May 04, 2016 02:43pm

Had it not been circulated in social media, no one would have noticed it or have been reported.

True Karachiwala May 04, 2016 03:24pm

Salute to Citizen Journalism that made possible this unprecedented action by COAS. Had Karachiites not taken up this heinous act diligently on social media, no one would have taken notice of.Keep calm & Keep taking matters in our hands.

Raymond May 04, 2016 03:30pm

A negligence

Raymond May 04, 2016 03:32pm

I being a minority, my vote will always be for MQM.

Bakhtawer Bilal May 04, 2016 04:01pm

Not a fan of MQM. But this kind of sub judicial killing is a shame for system and nation. It is wrong.

jehanzeb May 04, 2016 05:28pm

Rangers men involved in this murder should be punished as per the law and after post -martem report. However, the ongoing operation clean-up in Karachi should continue till the end of last terrorist in Karachi. It may take years but this is necessary for Karachiites.

Ammad May 04, 2016 06:40pm

This is wake up call for Mohajirs!

Fauzia May 04, 2016 06:44pm

@ali fakhar True. Same here

Fauzia May 04, 2016 06:52pm

It's brutal. We want seperate province. I was turning away from Mqm but incidents like these , since last year, has revived me as an ardent supporter of MQM

Sandeysa aya hai May 04, 2016 09:37pm

feel bad ..... he could have been instrumental in nabbing FS. in any case, nobody deserves to die like this. Rangers have been careless.

Ahil May 04, 2016 11:57pm

@adnan " If the cause of his death is natural then Rangers can't be blamed " ? open your eyes and check out the photos of his body...

anisa farooqui May 05, 2016 02:22am

I never subscribed to MQM's viewpoint in the past . As a govt employee i am witnessing massive corruption , nepotism and discrimination by the ruling elite sindhi government and to top up this ,here is gory kind of inhuman treatment of the urdu speaking people by law enforcers are making me ponder .

somebody needs to do something fast to address the grievances of the muhajirs before things get out of hand .

Faraz May 05, 2016 05:54am

@saqib you should move to Lahore if you feel threatened in karachi

Tauqir May 05, 2016 08:46am

@MAK. No, it happens in Balochistan, in Okarra, in every Jail in Punjab. It is the norm.

Sane May 05, 2016 09:32am

When will MQM admit its own acts?

Amir May 05, 2016 09:59am

@SYED NASEEM AHMED I agreed with comments

Ali shah May 05, 2016 02:09pm

No institution is above the law and sacred, it has to follow the law. if it is doing something against the law, it has to be brought into justice. equity and justice must prevail

Mustafa R. May 05, 2016 06:04pm


'Fascism is taking hold of Pakistan.'

To the contrary, fascism is being challenged in Pakistan. It is not the heinous murder but the admission of it by the offending party that is new. I am very hopeful that after due punishment to the culprits, Pakistan Army as an institution will come out with flying colors.

Mustafa R. May 05, 2016 06:11pm

@zulfi karachi;

'Operation has lost it's credibility.'

Is the glass half empty or half full? I hope 50 years down the road the generals will be remembered not for the murder but for the just and courageous stand they took to redress the legitimate grievances of the victims. Qadam Barhao Raheel Sharif, qaum tumharey sath hai.

Just Someone May 05, 2016 06:19pm

@ali fakhar : PTI will lose its entire voting base in Karachi and all of Sindh's urban areas in the next election. Imran Khan may be a clean man. Had he been patient, both and Karachi and Lahore would have been his in the next election.

Just Someone May 05, 2016 06:19pm

Make a new province out of Sindh's urban areas and MQM will die in the next few years.

Mustafa R. May 05, 2016 06:26pm

@zulfi karachi;

'Operation has lost it's credibility.'

In the Chinese alphabet the symbol for crisis is made by combining symbols for danger and opportunity. There is certainly a lot of danger, but by it's right handling general Raheel and general Akbar have turned it into an opportunity, InshaAllah. Pakistan Zindabad, Pak Fauj Zindabad.

Mustafa R. May 05, 2016 06:29pm

@afaq shahid;

'Mohajir unity needed for the hour.....'

Need of the hour is justice and unity for all Pakistanis.

Farrukh May 05, 2016 07:03pm

Rangers is accountable for his death and justice is yet to be served!

Karim Nazir May 06, 2016 02:05am

@M Jamal no way.

Sahmera May 06, 2016 02:05pm

I feel sorry for a life lost, i hope that the family is compensated accordingly as now they not only lost their father/husband but also sole breadwinner.