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Subject : Three MQM London-based leaders charged under MPO
Three leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London-based leadership were detained on Sunday under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO), said a statement released by Karachi police. The leaders were arrested on Saturday from outside the Karachi Press Club where they had arrived to address a press conference. “Hassan Zafar Arif, Kunwar Khalid Yunus and Amjad Ullah Khan of MQM London Committee have been detained under MPO for 30 days and sent to Central Prison Karachi,” said a statement issued by Karachi police spokesperson on Sunday. Sindh Rangers on Saturday took Professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif and Kunwar Khalid Yunus of the London-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement into custody from outside the Karachi Press Club, where they were due to address a press conference.

Before MQM London leaders arrived at the press club's premises, large number of Rangers personnel had taken positions in the surrounding area and were checking the vehicles that were passing by. Dr Arif was taken into custody before he could enter the press club. He was taken in a Rangers mobile van to an undisclosed location. Kunwar Khalid Yunus was also taken into custody on his way to Karachi Press Club and shifted to an undisclosed location. Following the arrests of the leaders, the London-based party decided to cancel the press conference.

Arif had recently joined the party along with four other members — Advocate Ishaq, former president of the National Students Federation Momin Khan Momin, Amjadullah Khan and Advocate Idrees Alvi — of the new coordination committee. He is a former faculty member of Karachi University’s philosophy department. The development came a week after he had addressed a press conference at the Karachi Press Club during which he demanded that the ongoing “anti-MQM” operation be called off forthwith". The Oct 15 press conference was the first show of strength by Altaf Hussain against Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-Pakistan, which had sidelined and disowned him following his Aug 22 speech.


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Posted on October, 24 2016 06:52:45 AM

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