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Altaf slams govt over custodial death of worker

Altaf slams govt over custodial death of worker

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday called the killing of an MQM worker in police custody as part of “the state operation against the party” and wondered why despite frequent deaths of activists due to “brutal torture” by law enforcement and intelligence agencies no action was taken against the personnel involved.

Speaking to MQM leaders and workers at the party headquarters, Nine Zero, Mr Hussain also questioned the reaction of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who had ordered setting up of an investigation team into the killing of Wasim Dehlvi by the Azizabad police, demanding immediate arrest of and punishment to the personnel involved.

“Innocent workers were brutally tortured in custody,” the statement quoted the MQM chief as telling the workers and leaders. “Their eyes were gouged out and skins removed. But none of the personnel belonging to the police, CID, CIA, Rangers, ISI, MI and other agencies, who were involved in the extrajudicial killings of MQM workers, was punished.”

He said law enforcement personnel in plain clothes raided Waseem Dehlvi’s home two days back and arrested him with his two brothers, Muhammad Naeem and Muhammad Adil. Waseem was tortured to death but the government claimed that he had died of cardiac arrest, which was proved wrong by doctors declaring severe injuries from a hard and blunt object had caused the death, he added.

“I am a peaceful person, who always preaches the people to forgive and I also advise MQM workers even today to forgive all those who have harmed them,” he said. “When I speak candidly, the establishment feels affronted. My addresses on television channels have been banned but I least care about it. Those who are doing injustices to us by virtue of their power will be held accountable for their crimes one day.”

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2015

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