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MQM prisoners at jail under duress to change loyalties, claims Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: Senior Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar says ‘some powers’ are forcing under-trial MQM prisoners in the jail to change their loyalties or face consequences, ARY News reported.

Rangers and police yesterday night raided a barrack in central jail where MQM prisoners are incarcerated and tortured them. At least 40 under-trial prisoners of MQM were forced out of their barracks 19, 20 and 21 to face the assault of law enforcers” he told a crowded press conference here.

The prisoners were given a form with a message to support “a specific individual”, said MQM leader without naming any dissident party leader like Mustafa Kamal.

He claimed that workers were forced to change loyalties with a written guarantee.  “Let me clear that the situation is not similar to that of 1992,” underlined Sattar.

Sattar told that their information was completely credible while prisoners’ families had also confirmed it.

He said ‘some powers’ were offering imprisoned MQM workers to release them on “certain conditions”. He mentioned that none of the MQM prisoners were facing any jail-manual violation, nor they had any case against them.

Sattar said some MQM parliamentarians were also receiving calls from unknown numbers and facing threats to change their loyalties.

The cat has come out of the bag now. And our suspicion has now been confirmed, he added.

We strongly condemn this action and appeal Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Army Chief Raheel Sharif to investigate this incident.

We want the top officials to expose the reality behind this “game”, he added. He reiterated that MQM was once again being pushed against the wall.

 

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