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March 23, 2020

Arrests of party workers tantamount to spoiling efforts against coronavirus: MQM-Pakistan

Karachi

March 23, 2020

At a time when the nation needs unity to combat the spread of coronavirus, the fresh wave of the arrests of our party workers in various parts of the city in the past week is tantamount to spoiling the efforts against the coronavirus pandemic, said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Sunday. The party demanded of the federal and provincial governments to ensure their immediate release.

The MQM-P spokesperson claimed that officials in plainclothes on Sunday picked up Asif Ali Khan, who is the party’s central executive committee member. They were not disclosing his whereabouts, he added.

Similarly, he said, dozens of personnel in plainclothes came to the residence of MQM leader Rehan Ali’s in several vehicles and took him away Thursday. The MQM-P spokesperson claimed that Ali’s whereabouts were also not being disclosed. Ali is an old guard of the party and was serving as an assistant to Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.

The party leaders said the law enforcement agencies were picking up MQM-P workers in a critical time when the country needed unity and joint efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country, particularly in Sindh. "It will spoil the efforts to combat the pandemic in the country," the party said. “The families of the detained workers and the party members are in deep sorrow,” said the MQM-P spokesperson. TQM-P leaders demanded that the federal and the Sindh governments along with the relevant authorities should take notice of the arrests of party workers and order their immediate release.