KARACHI: The Rangers paramilitary force on Thursday claimed the arrest of 16 suspects belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on the suspicion of extorting money from people in the name of Zakat and Fitra collection in the city’s Rizvia Society neighborhood.
A spokesman for Rangers claimed that about 1,000 receipts and Rs31,000 were recovered from the possession of the suspects.
Responding to the development, the Rabita Committee of MQM lashed out at the law enforcement agency for what it termed creating obstacles in the party’s charity activities.
“Under which law, the collection of Zakat and Fitra for welfare works is a crime? the committee asked in a statement issued immediately after the arrests were made.
Khimat-e-Khalq Foundation MQM’s charity wing carries out its philanthropy work for the welfare of the masses, it said.
Committee maintained that the law enforcement agency is terming the act of Zakat/Fitra collection as ‘extortion’ to justify their raid.
Rabita Committee termed the arrest of party workers an act to hinder the welfare activities.
Earlier, the party had announced that it will soon formulate a strategy against what it termed ‘unwarranted arrests’ of the party workers in the city.
Speaking at a press conference, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the MQM activists were being arrested without any reason. “Over 25 MQM workers including three sector in-charges have been arrested in the last seven days,” he added.
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