Karachi - Political parties on Tuesday expressed mix reactions over FIR registered against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain by Rangers for threatening state institutions as some said that the Rangers could have avoided this situation while others supported their move.

Talking to The Nation, Pakistan People’s Party leader and Senator Saeed Ghani said that although MQM chief badly criticised the law enforcement authority, however, Rangers should have avoided registering case against the chief of the third largest political party of the country.

He, however, defended Rangers for registering case and said that whenever something is said against a party they have right to register a case against the other party. “Cases against political leadership are not a new thing, cases were also registered against PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto,” he said.

On the other side, speaking on the issue, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Karachi chapter President Ali Zaidi applauded the Rangers for registering case against MQM chief and said that this should have been done earlier as MQM chief has been using hate speech not only against state institutions but also against the people of the country.

“Threatening state institutions live on a television is unacceptable,” he said adding that Rangers has done the right thing as Hussain is a British national and had no right to criticise Pakistani institutes.

“How can Altaf Hussain claim that his house had been raided by Rangers when he had relinquished the Pakistani citizenship,” he said adding that recovery of criminal elements and illegal weapons from MQM headquarters had revealed their involvement in criminal activities.

Jamaat-i-Islami spokesman said that the case against MQM chief was a reaction from Rangers after the party moved the court over raid on its headquarters-90.

He lambasted Altaf Hussain for launching an assault on law enforcement authorities and said that Hussain himself praised army and Rangers earlier, however, soon after their headquarters was raided he started criticism security authorities.

He said that political parties should not cross their limits and avoid maligning the security authorities of the country.

Meanwhile, the PML-N and PML-F leaders refused to comment.