Altaf demands to stop illegal activities of ‘death squad’ the workers being picked up, tortured

KARACHI: The Rabitta Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Monday expressed serious concern over what it claimed the continuing arrests of ‘innocent workers by law enforcers in civvies and killings of Urdu speaking professionals’ in various parts of the provincial capital.

The Rabitta Committee in its meeting at MQM Headquarters, Nine Zero, termed the above incidents and ‘practice of subjecting the MQM workers to brutal torture in detention and demand of bribe by policemen for their release’ as unlawful and unconstitutional.

They claimed that 6 MQM workers had been picked up and shifted to unknown location in the past 48 hours alone. These workers include: Ali Haider son of Muhammad Yousuf; Sameed son of Waleed; Salman son of Mushtaq Qureshi; Shoaib son of Muhammad Asghar; Faizan son of Qamaruddin and; Zia-ur-Rehman.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has expressed concerned over “illegal arrests” of the party workers by alleged police personnel in civilian cloths.

In a statement issued here Monday, Altaf Hussain demanded of the Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat, IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood and DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar to take immediate notice and get the arrested MQM workers released.

He also called for stern action against the policemen involved in this “illegal activity” and to stop the active “death squad” allegedly involved in the killings of the MQM workers.