Published On: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016

COAS directs DG Rangers to arrest perpetrators of Karachi unrest


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Monday telephoned Director General (DG) of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Major General Bilal Akbar.

The DG Rangers briefed General Raheel about violence that erupted in Karachi hours earlier.

During their conversation, the army chief directed Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar to arrest the perpetrators behind the unrest.

Earlier, activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) clashed with police and ransacked ARY News office in Karachi, leaving one man dead and seven others injured including Samaa cameraman.

MQM workers also clashed with police on the streets, sparking volleys of gunshots and tear gas at several places across the city, police and witnesses said.

“We have carried out teargas shelling to disperse the mob, who were trying to attack a television office,” senior police officer Saqib Ismail said.

The move comes shortly after MQM announced holding protests in front of SAMAA, Geo News and ARY News against “lack of coverage of the party’s hunger strike” at press club.

Angry MQM protesters surrounded the channel’s office at Madina Mall and tried to barge into the building. They broke the channel’s entry gate and assaulted media workers.

Demonstrators also tried to burn SAMAA’s DSNG, leaving a cameraman wounded.

One unidentified man was killed and seven others injured including SAMAA’s cameraman, according to hospital officials. Demonstrators also tried to burn SAMAA’s DSNG.

“One was brought (to the hospital) dead, who was shot with a gun,” Dr Seemi Jamali, the director at Jinnah Hospital Hospital told AFP.

Rangers raid MQM headquarters after attack on ARY News

Heavy police and Rangers teams reached the scene and resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protestors.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh personnel on Monday night raided Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters Nine-Zero after party workers attacked ARY News office in the day, ARY News reported.

Huge contingents of paramilitary force surrounded the area around the party headquarters, confiscated communication equipment and started a search operation. Female law enforcers also accompanied Rangers personnel during the raid.

Rangers spokesman, in a statement, urged the people to inform the force about those who attacked ARY News office and facilitated the MQM chief’s anti-Pakistan speech in the day.

On the other hand, police sealed party’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal and Gulistan-e-Jauhar sector offices.

Earlier, Rangers personnel also took MQM leaders Farooq Sattar, Amir Liaquat Hussain, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Arshad Vohra and Sajid Ahmed into custody.

Farooq Sattar, accompanied by Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Arshad Vohra arrived at KPC allegedly to explain MQM’s viewpoint on attack on ARY News office but Rangers personnel took the trio in their custody.

Amir Liaquat Hussain, who is also a television personality, was taken into custody from his office on I.I. Chundrigar Road.

Sources say Farooq Sattar and Khawaja Izharu Hassan were later released after interrogation but other leaders Kunwar Naveed Jameel and Qamar Mansoor  were arrested in separate raids.

Reports suggest that MQM chief also urged his party members to raise anti-Pakistan slogans during party’s hunger strike today.

Later in the evening, MQM workers ransacked ARY News office in Karachi’s Saddar area, damaged property and injured workers of the media group.

The attack, which injured three people and saw the marketing department of media house’s Saddar office badly damaged, was widely condemned by government officials, law enforcement officials, media workers and people from all walks of life. Law enforcement agency heads vowed to arrest the culprits at all costs.

Courtesy: ARY & SAMAA

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology