KARACHI

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Punjab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif on Sun­day said that Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) chief Altaf Hus­sain's tirade against the army proved that he is "work­ing for the en­e­mies of Pak­istan", adding that 'so-called lead­ers' who call out to In­dia await an "ex­em­plary end".

The CM also said that Hus­sain's hue and cry over the is­sue proved the Rangers had taken the right steps in Karachi. On Satur­day, Altaf Hus­sain, while ad­dress­ing the 19th worker's con­ven­tion in Dal­las, asked MQM ac­tivists to ap­proach the United Na­tions and Nato head­quar­ters in the United States and "in­form them of hu­man rights abuses against the muha­jir com­mu­nity", ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the MQM web­site.

He also told MQM ac­tivists to, "ask for Nato and UN forces to be sent to Karachi to as­cer­tain who is re­spon­si­ble for the blood­shed in Karachi."

Ear­lier on July 30 the MQM in a let­ter sent to the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Kimoon, had claimed ex­cesses com­mit­ted by the para-mil­i­tary Rangers in their on­go­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in Karachi. The let­ter was sub­mit­ted by the MQM's In­ter­na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat, and was un­der­signed by the party's Head of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

The party in its let­ter sent to the UN, al­leges that their work­ers are be­ing mis­treated dur­ing the cur­rent se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion be­ing con­ducted in Karachi, and law en­force­ment agen­cies (LEAs) are un­law­fully de­tain­ing their ac­tivists.

The let­ter specif­i­cally men­tions the raid con­ducted on MQM's head­quar­ters on the night of July 17, and the sub­se­quent ar­rest of Qa­mar Man­soor, a mem­ber of the party's Rabita Com­mit­tee.

MQM has fur­ther elab­o­rated in their let­ter that the court had al­lowed Man­soor to get treat­ment in a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted in this re­gard.

Although the court had al­lowed treat­ment in the case, Rangers later de­nied it cit­ing se­cu­rity rea­sons. The para-mil­i­tary force had ear­lier claimed dur­ing a court hear­ing that treat­ment was be­ing pro­vided to Man­soor in his spe­cial cell.

The ' op­er­a­tion' against crim­i­nal el­e­ments in Pak­istan's com­mer­cial hub was ini­ti­ated back in Septem­ber 2013 af­ter the fed­eral cab­i­net em­pow­ered Rangers to lead a tar­geted ad­vance with the sup­port of po­lice against crim­i­nals al­ready iden­ti­fied by fed­eral mil­i­tary and civil­ian agen­cies for their al­leged in­volve­ment in tar­geted killings, kid­nap­pings for ran­som, ex­tor­tion and ter­ror­ism in Karachi. When Rangers raided MQM head­quar­ters in March 2015, the party al­leged the op­er­a­tion had taken on a po­lit­i­cal colour.

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