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Izhar’s arrest an attempt to sideline MQM: Farooq Sattar

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar has alleged SSP Malir Rao Anwar and said that he detained Izhar from his residence without underlining any reason.

“They picked him up in broad daylight before our eyes,” Sattar said, “They said the May 12 terrorists were hidden there. But there were no people hidden away at his [Khawaja Izharul Hassan’s] house.”

“His wife, his sister and his sister-in-law were at home. There were no lady searchers with the police team,” Sattar said.

“What agenda is being followed here?” Farooq Sattar asked, directly addressing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif, Corps Commander Karachi Naveed Mukhtar and the Sindh CM.

“According to our information Rao Anwar is a close friend of Asif Zardari,” Sattar alleged. “Should we consider that the arrest was made on the behest of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Dubai leadership?”

“I strongly condemn this arrest,” MQM Pakistan leader said. “It is becoming clear the issue here is not whether the party is being run from London, or the statements that come from London. The issue is not anti-Pakistan statements,” Sattar claimed. “The issue is an enmity with the MQM and mohajirs,” he said.

Earlier in the day, police raided Izhar’s residence, after which the chief minister ordered the suspension of the station house officer at a Sohrab Goth police station and sought a report from Inspector General Police Sindh A.D. Khawaja regarding the raid.


Rao Anwar insisted that he arrested Izhar ‘as per law’. He maintained that the MQM leader had cases registered against him that led to his detention.

The SSP was suspended by Sindh Chief Minister who, later said that Rao Anwar would be punished for his wrongdoing.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.