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.