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MQM in hot water: Cases lodges against senior party leaders in Karachi

KARACHI: Following diatribe against army and Rangers by the MQM chief, the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement landed itself in a hot water with over 12 cases having been registered against senior party leaders, ARY News reported.

The FIRs have been registered in 11 different police stations, including Steel Town, Sachal Malir Cantt, Malir City, Gadap, Quaidabad, Bin Qasim, Sohrab Goth and Super Highway police stations.

At least 25 leaders including MNAs and MPAs of the MQM are nominated in the FIRs among 180 other persons.

It is learnt that some of the big shots including Waseem Akhtar, Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Rauf Siddiqui, Rashid Godil, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, Khushbakht Shujaat and Kishwar Zehra, are among those nominated in the FIRs.

It all started when the MQM chief Altaf Hussain hit out at the army and rangers for “discriminated” operation in Karachi against MQM workers.

“Are Rangers a security force or a political party? Does the code of conduct of the armed forces allow the army, its paramilitary forces like Rangers, etc, to issue a charge-sheet against a political party,” Mr Hussain asked while addressing from London a convention of party workers here on last Sunday.

He also lashed out at Rangers DG Major General Bilal Akbar and his subordinates for “committing atrocities against Mohajirs, and illegal arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings of MQM workers”.

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