KARACHI: Rangers framed a case in Thursday’s small hours against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Amir Khan for sheltering criminals in Nine Zero—the MQM’s headquarters and its adjacent areas.
The rangers overnight lodged an FIR against the MQM leader at Azizabad police station for giving refuge to the absconders and convicted criminals. The paramilitary force said in the FIR that Amir Khan as security in-charge of Nine Zero kept convicted criminals at Nine Zero and in houses in nearby streets.
Rangers also mentioned names of some criminals including Farhan Mullah, Obaid K2 and Nadir Shah in the FIR-176/15.
According to a copy of FIR, 26 criminals were arrested during Nine Zero raid; one of the criminals, Noman alias Nomi was involved in the murder of Advocate Nematullah Randhawa.
The FIR says Obaid alias K2 was involved in serious crimes including extortion activities, snatching of hides and rioting.
The FIR states that Deputy Security in-charge Qazi Asad Minhaj, Raees alias Mumma, Shehzad Mullah, Imran Aijaz Niazi and Naeem Mullah who assisted Amir Khan in providing safe havens to the criminals, have also been incriminated in the case.
Anti-Terrorism Act clauses of 21-J and 11-V have been incorporated in the case-176/15.
It should be mentioned here that paratroopers raided the Muttahida’s central office in the dark of March 11 night.
Later in the day, Rangers spokesman Colonel Tahir claimed to have recovered illegal arms during an early morning raid conducted on tip off about presence of criminals.
“The action continued for about two hours during which we have arrested over a dozen suspects of the party and recovered banned and illegal arms,” he told reporters on the spot. Taking away Amir Khan, the rangers spokesman said the paratroopers will treat him as their guest; however, he was blindfolded with hands cuffed behind back on court appearance day (March 12).
He said MQM’s central leader Amir Khan was in custody for interrogation, adding among the people arrested during the raid was Faisal alias Faisal Moto, who was sentenced to death in the murder case of Geo News journalist Wali Khan Babar.
Other ‘hardened criminals’ arrested during the raid included Kamran alias Zeeshan, Farhan Shabir alias Mullah, Aamir, Nadir and Obaid alias K2.
Later on Thursday on May 14, paramilitary force produced 27 accused before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) and got 90-day remand. (Agencies)