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Rangers arrest MQM Asif Hasnain at Karachi airport




KARACHI: Rangers on Thursday detained Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s MNA, Asif Hasnain at Karachi airport before flying for Islamabad.

According to details, the MQM lawmaker was taken away by Rangers personnel minutes before he was boarding an Islamabad-bound flight.

The paramilitary force arrested him to probe whether he was ‘fleeing’ to escape possible arrest in view of several cases registered against MQM leaders.

He has been shifted to unknown location.

Earlier, MQM MPA Shiraz Waheed was arrested by police in Karachi’s Landhi area for distributing controversial CDs. A case was registered against him.

Waheed was arrested by Super Highway police. The MQM leader was elected MPA from PS-123 Korangi.

Law enforcement agencies are cracking down on MQM offices and arresting activists and leaders on charges of listening to hate speech of party leader and indulging in violence.

Analysts believe that the current crackdown on the party was aimed at wiping out party head, who has a massive following among MQM voters in Karachi, from the mainstream politics.




 

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.