KARACHI - Expressing anger over the arrest of the opposition leader in Sindh Assemly Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has asked the prime minister and chief of army staff to unveil the agenda behind the SSP Rao Anwar led raid at MQM leader’s residence.

Addressing a press conference at MQM-P temporary headquarter in PIB Colony, Salman Mujahid Baloch termed the arrest of Khawaja Izharul Hassan an insult of the Mohajir community. He said that SSP Rao Anwar raided MPA residence and misbehaved with ladies present at the house. The police team led by Rao failed to provide any warrant while disrespected the sanctity of “Chadar and Chardevari”, he said.

He further informed that Khawaja‘s mother was saddened over the incident and was shifted to the hospital. Attempts were still in progress to eliminate MQM and today‘s incident is the continuation of anti-MQM agenda, he added.

Accusing SSP Rao Anwar, MQM leader said that police officer and his team violated the law and it is surprising that “how a suspended officer was allowed to perform media talks”. After the incident Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah did suspend the SSP Rao but its implementation were not witnessed yet, said MQM leader.  

Earlier talking to the media men at Khawaja residence, MQM Pakistan Leader Dr Farooq Sattar asked Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to utter whether he was aware about raid at MQM leader house.

 “It is the continuation of the Mohajir enmity. I ask Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Corps Commander Naveed Mukhtar which new agenda is being followed by the arrest of Khawaja Izhar,” he said.

It is matter of concern that earlier Khawaja Izhar wasn’t wanted in any case and all of a sudden he is the most wanted person today, added Sattar. MQM leader said that the Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly has been arrested without any warrant. He condemned the arrest and said SSP Rao Anwar refused to show any arrest warrants. There was no lady police during the raid, Sattar added. He said Khawaja ‘s detention was unjustified act. He sought clarification about raid and his arrest.

Meanwhile, MQM London chapter also break silence over Khawaja Izhar‘s arrest. MQM London based leader Mustafa Azizabadi on social media condemned the MQM Pakistan leader arrest and said that “Khawaja arrest proved that beside the Minus-Altaf formula, establishment will not change its policy”.

Furthermore, sources privy to the matter revealed that Pakistan People Party (PPP) had decided to take strict action against Rao Anwar who led a team that arrested the opposition leaders in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhaul Hassan on Friday.

 The matter of logging FIR against Rao was also in consideration for misusing the name of Counter-Terrorism Department during the raid at MPA residence.

It is pertinent to mention here that, MQM Pakistan that has challenged the by polls results of PS-127 Malir area has alleged SSP Rao Anwar for carrying out rigging at rural polling stations of the provincial assembly constituency aiming to acquire victory for the PPP candidate.