Islamabad - Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday afternoon phoned Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and expressed his deep concern over the Rangers raid on Nine-Zero.

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar, talking to media, said former president Asif Zardari during conversation with Altaf Hussain expressed serious concern over the incident.

Babar said both the timing and the manner of raid raised serious questions that needed to be answered.

“The PPP believes that all criminal elements regardless of political persuasion must be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law but the questions raised in the raid on 90 in Karachi must also be answered,” he was of the view.

“No law enforcement and security agency can be allowed to operate beyond limits of law and without oversight and accountability,” he said.

He said there had been widespread allegations against Rangers in Karachi in issues ranging from missing persons to water tankers to depriving small fishermen of their livelihood and there was a dire need of developing some oversight mechanism.

The raid was carried out within hours of a broad-based political understanding among political parties on electing Senate chairman and while the prime minister was in Karachi. He said the Rangers were under the interior ministry but the interior ministry was silent which too raised questions.

Recalling the brutal killing of an innocent person named Sarfraz sometime back by Rangers and the trampling of a half clad protester by a Ranger sepoy in full public view, Senator Farhatullah Babar said such incidents had brought into focus the need of bringing the law enforcement agencies under some control.

He said for the success of operation against criminal elements as well as for the image of Rangers and law enforcement agencies it was necessary to order a probe into all aspects of the raid particularly the killing of an innocent bystander and the raid on the house of Altaf Hussain’s sister. He said Rangers did not encounter resistance from those inside the MQM headquarters and asked why a magistrate was not accompanying the raiding party to witness the operation and the recovery of weapons. He said that while MQM leadership should have no qualms about identifying and isolating criminal elements using its political cover the law enforcement agencies should also not be permitted to operate beyond the bounds of law.