Our worker tor­tured by Rangers in jail, claims MQM

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar on Sun­day ac­cused the Rangers of tor­tur­ing party work­ers im­pris­oned at the Karachi Cen­tral Jail. He said he had re­ceived re­ports that a heavy con­tin­gent of Rangers on Fri­day evening "con­ducted an op­er­a­tion" at the Karachi prison - in bar­racks 18, 19, 24 and 25 - and took away 40 un­der-trial 'MQM pris­on­ers whose cases are pend­ing hear­ing.'

"We heard they were tor­tured and in­tim­i­dated," he said, adding that jail ad­min­is­tra­tion co­op­er­ated with the Rangers.

Sat­tar al­leged the jail's su­per­in­ten­dent and other of­fi­cials were also present when the para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel con­ducted the 'raid.' The se­nior MQM leader al­leged the pris­on­ers were be­ing mis­treated and their le­gal fa­cil­i­ties un­der the 'jail man­ual' have been with­drawn. "Maybe they re­fused to change their loy­al­ties and are be­ing sub­jected to tor­ture," he spec­u­lated, adding that the sit­u­a­tion was rem­i­nis­cent of the "heavy-handed tac­tics em­ployed in 1992."

"We didn't have ev­i­dence be­fore, it was just a sus­pi­cion. But now we are sure this isn't just a con­spir­acy... Their loy­al­ties are be­ing forcibly con­verted, [they are told] they will be given fa­cil­i­ties in jail and maybe the charges against them will be re­laxed and they will be re­leased soon if they agree to cer­tain con­di­tions," he said. "The cat is out of the bag." "We strongly con­demn th­ese ac­tions and ap­peal to fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Home Min­is­ter So­hail An­war Siyal and Army Chief Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent and ex­pose any wrong­do­ing," he said.

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