MQM says Rangers arrest Rabita Committee member in pre-dawn raid

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Rangers personnel arrested Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee member Kamal Malik during a raid on his house early Thursday, the party said in a statement.

The MQM said Rangers conducted a thorough search of Malik’s house, during which they seized his academic records and certificates.

“A heavy contingent of Rangers raided the house of Kamal Malik on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday around 2:30am. They scaled the walls of his home and arrested him. No reason for the arrest has been given,” the MQM said.

Malik is believed to be “seriously ill” and had undergone a liver transplant two years ago, the party said.

In its statement, the MQM called for Malik’s release.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar told reporters later in the day that he believed the Karachi operation against terrorists and criminal elements was now targeting the MQM.

“Our only complaint is that for the past few months, the operation has been diverted towards the MQM instead of eliminating terrorists and criminal elements,” he said.

“We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies since the Karachi operation began,” he added.

He reiterated the party’s support for the operation.