KARACHI: Three women supporters of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) were produced in a local court and later handed over to police on four-day physical remand in a case pertaining to August 22 attack on media houses in Karachi.
The MQM workers were arrested yesterday over vandalism and assault on ARY News office and on August 22 following provocative and anti-Pakistan speech by London-based party chief Altaf Hussain.
Those who have been apprehended are: MQM Women Wing in-charge Rabia, her daughter Qurat-ul-Ain, who is also MQM’s Councilor of City Council in Karachi, and Sumaira Bibi, party’s Burns Road sector member.
Caught on a CCTV video, all of the accused were arrested in different raids Friday evening.
When produced in the court today, they were identified by witnesses.
Police officials told the court that the women were involved in the attack at ARY News channel, adding that two cases have been registered against them.
However, the MQM women denied all charges, saying that “we are Pakistanis and can’t even think of chanting anti-Pakistan slogan.”
After hearing the argument, the judge handed them over to police on four-day physical remand.
On Monday, scores of MQM supporters, including women, barged into the office of ARY and torched a police mobile and two motorcycles.
During violent clash, an MQM worker had also been killed while dozens of others were wounded following a provoked speech of party chief Altaf Hussain at an MQM hunger strike camp outside a Karachi Press Club.
The police claimed to have arrested 42 suspects including 39 male and three women including senior leaders Kanwar Naveed Jamil, Shahid Pasha and Qamar Mansoor.
Interestingly, several key MQM leaders nominated in FIRs are still at large while some of them are released after their arrest.