KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday decided to shut down all offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) after party’s violent protests and provocative speeches in Karachi.
According to our correspondent, a heavy contingent of the paramilitary Rangers raided the MQM’s headquarters Nine Zero and detained several party’s leaders and activists.
Women personnel of the Rangers also took part in the raid.
“We will take action against the MQM as per the law after today’s slogans,” Maula Bux Chandio, Special Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, told the media persons.
“Law enforcement agencies have already swung into action and arrests are being made,” he said, adding that the slogans chanted by the MQM were of very serious nature.
“It is not just a matter of Sindh government. It was a matter of concern for all state institutions and security forces,” he said.
“Nobody can allow slogans of Pakistan Murdabad in this country. It is not occupied Kashmir,” he said.
To a question, he said that Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan could be released after questioning.
Sources said that police and Rangers have been directed to lock down all the unit and sector offices of MQM.
Earlier, five MQM leaders were taken into custody by law enforcement agencies while a MQM lawmaker announced resignation following provocative speech of Altaf Hussain that led to ransacking of media houses and clashes with police.
The arrested MQM leaders included Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan, Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan, Sajid Ahmed and Amir Liaquat Hussain.
The crackdown was launched after at least one person was killed and several others were injured during violent clashes between protesters and police near Zainab Market.
Several vehicles were also torched by the demonstrators.
Tension began after MQM chief Altaf Hussain allegedly made a proactive speech, making anti-Pakistani slogans.
Irum Azeem Farooque, a female lawmaker of the MQM, said that she felt very embarrassed after watching videos of Mr Hussain and subsequent attacks on media houses.
MNA Sajid Ahmed was arrested from Malir area of the city.
Another senior leader Amir Khan was also taken into custody as he tried to leave Nine Zero, Karachi.