Police clash with protestors demanding release of MWM leaders

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Protests continued in Karachi’s Malir area on Monday, a day after top Shia cleric Mirza Yusuf Husain and a leader of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Taj Hanafi, were apprehended by law enforcement personnel.

The two were detained following resurgence in targeted sectarian killings linked that claimed 13 lives in the city within a week’s time. Police claimed to have launched a targeted operation against criminals involved in sectarianism and other crimes in the city.

According to details, representatives of various Shia parties began protesting early Monday in Malir and on Shahrah-e-Pakistan against targeted killings and arrests of workers, with protesters saying they will continue their demonstrations until arrested workers are released.

Police used tear gas shelling and aerial firing in an attempt to disperse the protesters, who were obstructing railway tracks in the area and bringing morning traffic along the National Highway to a standstill.

As the situation worsened, people stuck in traffic left the place after locking their vehicles.

Security forces’ crackdown in the provincial capital has strengthened in the past couple of days.

Former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested during an early morning raid at his Karachi residence on Saturday in connection with the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area.

A Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) spokesman on Monday claimed that MWM leader Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi was arrested from his residence in New Rizvia Society by police.

According to the police, operations were conducted in Gulshan and Metrovil where five suspects reportedly belonging to a proscribed organisation were arrested, Pehlwan Goth, where nine suspects were arrested and Hussain Hazara Goth where three absconders in various cases were arrested.

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Arrests include Mitha Khan Saand who has previously been booked and arrested in more than 64 cases, Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Fateh, Mohammad Shehzad, Liaquat Ali, Ali Nawaz, Ibrahim, Anees, Waqar Ahmad, a police statement said.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah said, “A zero tolerance policy would be adopted against those who disrupt law and order.”

“Karachi will be ‘ruthless’ and would be sped up. Action will be taken against anyone who takes the law into their own hands,” he said.

Sindh Pakistan Rangers personnel and police conducted a search operation at the ASWJ headquarter near Nagan Chowrangi and detained ASWJ’s Karachi secretary general Allama Taj Mohammed Hanafi, said an ASWJ spokesperson.

ASWJ President Allama Aurangzeb Farooqui criticised the detention of Allama Taj Mohammed Hanafi and said that the detained leader was a candidate of the party for the by-election on NA-258 in Malir, scheduled to be held on Nov 24.

“Unjustified detention of Hanafi shows that the PPP-led government feared defeat of its candidate in the by-poll,” he said.

Protests continued in Karachi’s Malir area on Monday, a day after top Shia cleric Mirza Yusuf Husain and a leader of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Taj Hanafi, were apprehended by law enforcement personnel.

The two were detained following the resurgence in targeted sectarian killings linked that claimed 13 lives in the city within a week’s time. Police claimed to have launched a targeted operation against criminals involved in sectarianism and other crimes in the city.

According to details, representatives of various Shia parties began protesting early Monday in Malir and on Shahrah-e-Pakistan against targeted killings and arrests of workers, with protesters saying they will continue their demonstrations until arrested workers are released.

Police used tear gas shelling and aerial firing in an attempt to disperse the protesters, who were obstructing railway tracks in the area and bringing morning traffic along the National Highway to a standstill.

As the situation worsened, people stuck in traffic left the place after locking their vehicles.

Security forces’ crackdown in the provincial capital has strengthened in the past couple of days.

Former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested during an early morning raid at his Karachi residence on Saturday in connection with the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area.

A Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) spokesman on Monday claimed that MWM leader Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi was arrested from his residence in New Rizvia Society by police.

According to the police, operations were conducted in Gulshan and Metrovil where five suspects reportedly belonging to a proscribed organisation were arrested, Pehlwan Goth, where nine suspects were arrested and Hussain Hazara Goth where three absconders in various cases were arrested

Arrests include Mitha Khan Saand who has previously been booked and arrested in more than 64 cases, Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Fateh, Mohammad Shehzad, Liaquat Ali, Ali Nawaz, Ibrahim, Anees, Waqar Ahmad, a police statement said.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah said, “A zero tolerance policy would be adopted against those who disrupt law and order.”

“Karachi will be ‘ruthless’ and would be sped up. Action will be taken against anyone who takes the law into their own hands,” he said.

Sindh Pakistan Rangers personnel and police conducted a search operation at the ASWJ headquarter near Nagan Chowrangi and detained ASWJ’s Karachi secretary general Allama Taj Mohammed Hanafi, said an ASWJ spokesperson.

ASWJ President Allama Aurangzeb Farooqui criticised the detention of Allama Taj Mohammed Hanafi and said that the detained leader was a candidate of the party for the by-election on NA-258 in Malir, scheduled to be held on Nov 24.

“Unjustified detention of Hanafi shows that the PPP-led government feared defeat of its candidate in the by-poll,” he said.

 

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  1. The Saudi backed Wahabi Scum LEJ & ASWJ should be shut down immediately! Shame that ruling politicians dare not raise a voice against these cowards for the fear of their haraam funding being stopped by Saudi Arabia. These cowards have killed thousands of innocent Sunni, Shia and anyone else who doesn't follow their unethical Wahabi Islam!!!!!

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