KARACHI: Rangers officials arrested senior leaders of Altaf Hussain-led Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif and Kunwar Khalid Younis on Saturday before a scheduled press conference at the Karachi Press Club.
According to ARY News, Dr. Arif had reached the press club in address the press conference, and was taken away by Rangers to an undisclosed location apparently for investigation.
Television footage showed Dr. Arif waiting outside the Karachi Press Club for other party members and supporters when Rangers officials took the head of MQM London Coordination Committee into their custody.
After his arrest, Amjadullah Khan, another leader of MQM London, postponed the press conference. He is also expected to be arrested soon.
Within few minutes, MQM London’s Kunwar Khalid Younis was also arrested from near the Governor House when he was en route to the press club for the same press conference.
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Later, another MQM-London leader Amjadullah Khan, who remained inside the press club for four hours, was arrested as he came out of the place .
It is pertinent to note here that MQM-London faction is being operated from British capital while another MQM faction, MQM-Pakistan is currently working under Farooq Sattar.
The Farooq Sattar faction comprises mostly of party’s legislators, the faction gradually dissociated itself from London after MQM chief’s controversial August 22 speech.