KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) leaders Prof Hassan Zafar Arif and Amjadullah Khan, who have been in jail under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for the last two months, were re-arrested shortly after their release from Karachi’s Central Jail on Tuesday.  Police shifted the two leaders to North Nazimabad Police Station, but they did not give any reason for their arrest.

Their family members and relatives had gathered outside the Central Jail to welcome them. However, a heavy contingent of District Central police reached the prison, took them into custody and shifted them to the police station in an armoured personnel carrier (APC). In consequence, the family members and relatives of the two leaders staged a protest demonstration against their re-arrest. SSP Central Muqadas Haider has reportedly said that the MQM-L leaders were wanted to the police in a case registered against them at the Azizabad Police Station.

The two leaders had recently joined the MQM. The Rangers had arrested them on October 21 over their association with the MQM London.

MQM-London leader Kunwar Khalid Younus had also been arrested along with Dr Arif and Amjadullah, but he was released last month. Dr Arif is 80 and is a senior professor.