MQM announces nationwide mourning day for Sunday

Sindh govt involved in extrajudicial killings of MQM workers: Qamar Mansoor

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday announced to observe a countrywide day of peaceful mourning on Sunday in the wake of what it calls murder of its activist in police custody in Karachi.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also ratified the decision of the party’s Rabitta Committee which has appealed to the transporters and businessmen of Sindh province to keep their activities suspended for a day to mark protest against oppression.

It said protests will be staged across Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

Earlier, addressing a press conference MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi claimed that his party activist Faraz Alam was brutally tortured before being killed in police custody.

Rizvi accused the police of making a windfall in the name of ongoing targeted crackdown against criminals.

He claimed that MQM activist Faraz Alam was booked in a fabricated case and latter brutally tortured in police custody.

The MQM leader accused the Korangi Industrial Area Station House Officer (SHO) of demanding bribe in exchange for freeing Faraz, adding the deceased was later taken to various hospitals for examination and all the medical reports suggested that he was tortured.

He said the body of Faraz bore visible torture marks and demanded of the Karachi Police Chief to monitor the ‘criminal activities’ of Karachi police.

“The police seems to have been running a business in the name of Karachi targeted operation”, Rizvi said.

The MQM leader said the inquiry police committee to launch a probe against their colleagues was not acceptable to his party.

Earlier, the Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi had formed a police committee to probe the custodial death of an accused in the Khokhrapar police station.

While in Press Conference Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee Incharge, Qamar Mansoor has alleged that Sindh government was involved in extrajudicial killings of party workers.

Addressing a press conference late on Saturday night, Qamar Mansoor alleged that some police officers were running private teams and after kidnapping the people they were demanding ransom.

The Sindh government was fully supporting these police officers, alleged MQM leader. He warned if action was not taken against these officers, provincial government would be held responsible.

He said MQM Khokhrapar worker Faraz Alam, when produced in the court, showed his torture marks to the judge, however, the judge instead of vetting the medical report, extended the remand of Faraz till January 16.

Qamar Mansoor further said various police officials demanded bribe from Faraz.

He demanded Sindh government that instead of suspending SHO, involved in the killing of Faraz, action should be launched against him.

He also demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Prime Minister, President and Chief of Army Staff to take notice of MQM workers extrajudicial killings.