Karachi Court extends physical remand of 37 MQM activists, leaders
The court gave 37 Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members, including Kunwar Naveed Jamil, Shahid Pasha and Qamar Mansoor, on a two-day physical remand in police custody.
MQM leader and Member National Assembly (MNA) Asif Hasnain was released on Friday after being held overnight. He was taken into custody last night from the premises of the Karachi airport.
Malir Police gets a three-day physical remand of another MQM’s MNA from Korangi. He would now be presented before the court on August 29 to face allegations about distributing hateful content in CDs among the locals in Karachi.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies claim to have apprehended two of the women – also MQM activists – allegedly involved in ransacking ARY News bureau in Karachi.
Security forces arrested both the women during an operation in Korangi area of the metropolis. Rabia, one of the two, is a Joint In-charge of MQM’s women department while Ainy recently contested the local body elections and is an elected councillor.
A crackdown against one of the popular political parties in Sindh, particularly in Karachi is underway following violence that flared on the streets of Karachi at the start of the week after MQM’s Altaf Hussain made statements against Pakistan and provoked activists to attack media houses.
MQM workers attacked ARY office and clashed with police leaving one person dead and several others injured.
On Tuesday, Hussain’s second-in-command Dr Farooq Sattar, who was also arrested for few hours, disowned his statements.
Altaf Hussain had to apologise for his remarks, blaming “mental stress”. MQM’s leadership in London sought to play down rumours of a split within the party, however, Sattar insists to have distanced MQM from Hussain’s comments, alleging the party should now be run “from Pakistan alone”.