MQM-L man surrenders to Rangers after being declared dead by partyArchive
KARACHI: The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, on Thursday presented before the media a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (London) activist who had been declared dead by the party while his family not only had ‘confirmed’ his death but had also observed his soyem.
Speaking at a press conference at the Rangers headquarters, Rangers’ spokesperson Maj Qambar Raza said the MQM-London had issued a press release on Aug 7 alleging that the MQM-L worker, Mohammed Yusuf alias Thelewala, belonging to unit-125 Qasba Aligarh, was kidnapped by the Rangers on July 17 and his tortured and mutilated body was found in Orangi Town’s Hawwa Goth the same day.
The MQM-L alleged that the Rangers’ personnel had tortured, extrajudicially killed and later thrown his body there. It added that the Edhi Centre buried his body as an unclaimed one on July 30 while his family ‘confirmed’ his identification after checking his photo.
Expresses his ‘gratitude’ to law enforcers for providing him protection
A Rangers’ spokesperson showed both the press release and tweets of the MQM-L leader, Mustafa Azizabadi, to the media to this effect.
“Truth is that the law enforcers had conducted a raid on a construction firm in Gulshan-i-Zia of Orangi Town on July 17 for the arrest of Mohammed Yusuf but he was not there,” said the officer. Later on, Yusuf hid himself for fear of being arrested and did not make contact with anyone, the Rangers’ spokesperson said.
“The MQM-L leadership themselves asked their active worker to go in hiding so that poisonous propaganda could be launched against the law enforcers,” the official said.
In the past, too, the party had levelled such allegations against the law enforcers though a majority of such activists had fled the country.
“Today, through his press conference, the same Yusuf is being presented before media as alive so that the MQM-London’s anti-state propaganda could be exposed.”
The Rangers’ officer said after reading the press release, Yusuf became ‘fearful’ about his life and went to Mirpurkhas where after continuous hiding and mental fear, he ultimately surrendered himself before the law enforcers.
“It’s worth mentioning that the family not only confirmed Yusuf’s death but also observed his soyem,” said the Rangers’ official.
“The MQM-L leadership from time to time has been levelling baseless allegations against the law enforcers, particularly the Rangers, though the law enforcers had played a key role in restoring peace to Karachi.”
The Rangers were continuing the operation without any political, religious and ethnic bias, whose purpose was to eliminate terrorism and promotion of peace, he claimed.
Yusuf alias Thelewala told the media that he worked at the construction firm in Gulshan-i-Zia. When plainclothes men raided its office on July 17, he was not there, he claimed. Subsequently, he said, he went to Surjani Town where he stayed at his friend’s home. But on Aug 8, his friend’s daughter showed him a press release of the MQM-London leader, Nadeem Nusrat, in which it was accused that he (Yusuf) was killed.
“After knowing this, I became fearful and left for Mirpurkhas where I stayed at [the] home of my childhood friend,” said Yusuf, adding that he was missing his children and did not want to create problems for his friend’s family. Therefore, he said, he felt compelled to surrender himself to the Rangers there on Thursday morning.
He also said: “I want to express my gratitude to the law enforcers for providing me protection from the MQM-L.”
The Rangers’ spokesperson said it was being probed as to whose body was shown.
In reply to another question, Maj Raza said there were ‘different cases’ against Yusuf. However, he added, possible relief on account of voluntary surrender might be given to him as per law.
Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2017