Gabol seeks Rangers' se­cu­rity af­ter 'MQM threats'

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: For­mer Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) law­maker Nabeel Gabol filed a pe­ti­tion in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tues­day seek­ing Rangers' se­cu­rity from the gov­ern­ment against al­leged death threats is­sued to him by MQM. Gabol, a for­mer MNA, main­tained in the pe­ti­tion that he no longer has po­lice pro­tec­tion pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment. He fur­ther said that the Sindh gov­ern­ment has re­fused to en­ter­tain his re­quest to re­in­state the se­cu­rity de­spite his claims of hav­ing re­ceived death threats from in­di­vid­u­als within MQM be­cause of his state­ments against the party in talk shows. Gabol warned that if any­thing were to hap­pen to him, MQM and Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Qaim Ali Shah should be held re­spon­si­ble, the for­mer for the crime and the lat­ter for fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity cover to him. Mean­while, the mem­ber of MQM co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee, Qasim Ali Raza, re­acted strongly to the claims lev­elled by Gabol and ac­cused the for­mer law­maker of do­ing po­lit­i­cal show­man­ship just to at­tain se­cu­rity from Rangers. The MQM leader said "Gabol should at least show some rev­er­ence" and asked him to stay within his lim­its. "It is the right of Gabol to re­quest for se­cu­rity, but lev­el­ling false claims against MQM lead­er­ship for this pur­pose is a dis­grace­ful act," said Raza in a state­ment is­sued by MQM co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee. Af­ter be­ing prac­ti­cally side­lined by the PPP lead­er­ship, Gabol had joined MQM in 2013 - months be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion - to what he called "serve the peo­ple of Lyari". Later he won the NA-246 seat in Karachi on MQM's ticket. He ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion from the party ear­lier this year hint­ing at the dif­fer­ences sur­fac­ing be­tween him and the party as rea­sons. Pre­vi­ously, Gabol has been elected MNA from Lyari (in 2008) on a PPP ticket. He be­came min­is­ter of state for ports and ship­ping, but later re­signed from the post. He has been win­ning elec­tions from Lyari for over two decades. He has also served as deputy speaker of the Sindh Assem­bly.

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