MQM walks out of NA to protest Rangers’ raid on Sattar’s house

* Godel says forces raided MQM leader’s residence without any reason, arrested 2 ‘innocent’ workers * Kanwar says incident clear warning to MQM over its support to democracy

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement members walked out of the National Assembly on Monday to protest an alleged raid on the residence of party’s senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar.
The matter was raised in the House by MQM Parliamentary Leader Rasheed Godel, who alleged that security forces raided the residence of Dr Farooq Sattar without any reason and arrested two innocent workers. He also complained that despite threats to Farooq Sattar he was not provided security, and consequently he hired private security guards. He demanded an inquiry into the incident. The party members also walked out to protest the incident, but later came back to the House on the request of the government.
Sindh Rangers on Monday conducted an intelligence-driven targeted raid in Pir Elahi Bakhsh (PIB) Colony. It claimed to have arrested a target killer, Shamshad, and an extortionist, Ahmed Yasir. However, MQM alleged that the Rangers surrounded the residence of Farooq Sattar. The initial press release by Sindh Rangers said, “Last night it arrested Shamshad Ali, who belongs to a political party, and is said to be the right hand of a political leader.” After initial investigation the accused confessed to the target killing of twelve people.
Meanwhile, MQM Rabitta Committee members said that the party had demanded formulation of an impartial committee on the Karachi targeted operation, but that demand was not fulfilled and now MQM leaders’ houses are being raided. Speaking at press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Rabita Committee member Kanwar Jamail, along with other party leaders, said Farooq Sattar has not only been a mayor of Karachi but has also won elections eight times.
Kanwar said Rangers raid on Sattar’s house was a sad development. He said the MQM had supported Karachi targeted operation for peace and added that the incident was a clear warning to the MQM for supporting democracy. He appealed to the supporters of MQM to remain calm and not be frightened by any such activity. Soon after the MQM press conference, Sindh Rangers spokesman issued a statement denying the raid on residence of Sattar. The statement said the raid was carried out away from Sattar’s home in which illicit weapons were recovered. 

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