Members of Coordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) London, Dr. Hassan Zaffar Arif and Kunwar Khalid Younus have been detained by Rangers soon after they arrived at the Press Club to address. Dr. Zaffar reportedly was to announce the names of the persons who allegedly joined MQM London.
Before Dr. Hassan Zaffar Arif and Kunwar Younus were about to begin their press conference, Rangers arrived immediately at the spot and arrested both of the leaders of MQM London. Both of the detainees have been shifted to undisclosed location for further investigations. After a couple of hours of arresting of both the leaders, MQM London leader Amjadullah Khan also got arrested from Karachi Press Club and had been taken into Rangers custody. Other members of MQM London Coordination Committee are also likely to be arrested as well.
Women members of MQM London were to be arrested too but there were no female staff of security personnel along with Rangers contingent therefore women workers left the press club. Sources also report that MQM London Coordination Committee members were aware of their possible arrests after they addressed their first ever press conference.
Earlier on 15th Oct, Coordination Committee of MQM London had raised question marks on the identity and credibility of Coordination Committee in Pakistan being led by Dr. Farooq Sattar. It was MQM London’s first ever formal press conference since the division of MQM as a whole after anti-Pakistan speech on 22nd August of MQM Founder, Altaf Hussain.
Over 50 different offices of MQM were either sealed or bulldozed by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) as a crackdown was launched following the speech that got the severe backlash to the party in its history.