Officials of the paramilitary Rangers besieged top Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar’s residence in Karachi’s PIB Colony on Tuesday night over the suspicion of presence of some suspected persons inside his house.
According to reports, Sattar was present at his home when as many as 30 paramilitary troops barricaded three streets around his house for about one and a half hours.
Officials in the Rangers said that more than eight mobile vans of the Rangers had taken position in three streets as part of an operation to arrest certain suspects. They said a letter had been written to the Sindh Assembly speaker, informing him that MPA Kamran Farooqui was wanted in an investigation.
Talking to a private news channel at the time of the raid, Farooq Sattar said there was no criminal present in his house. He said the Rangers surrounded his house for over an hour before they left the area, adding that he was unable to contact the Sindg Rangers director general but had left him a message.
The lawmaker also questioned how could the Rangers lay siege to residences of parliamentarians.
On the other hand, Sindh Rangers DG Major General Bilal Akbar clarified that the paramilitary force did not raid the house of the MQM leader. He said the Rangers personnel did carry out a search operation in PIB Colony, in the areas adjacent to Sattar’s residence on a tip-off about the presence of some suspects.