KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee has said that security agencies personnel in double cabin vehicles were kidnapping the MQM workers and warned the government to start a protest drive if such practice is not stopped soon.

In a statement, it said that illegal practice of the security agencies personnel has been increased in various parts of the City.

It further said that the party workers after kidnapping were taken to undisclosed location where they were being tortured.

Later, the families were asked for huge money for the release with the threats of killing in case of the non-payment of the amount, it said.

It further said that some localities of the City has been made no-go areas for the people while on the other side the people were being kidnapped.

ALTAF RETURN TO HELP BRING PEACE: AFAQ: Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-Haqqiqi) Chairman Afaq Ahmed has said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain’s return to Pakistan would help in restoring peace and if Altaf is serious in returning back to the country then he should surrender his British nationality. In a statement here on Sunday, Afaq said that the MQM chief Altaf Hussain announcement of returning back to Pakistan should be appreciated if it is not a political game with his party workers while Altaf return is crucial in restoring peace in City.

Afaq further said that the Altaf Hussain has informed that he has applied for the Pakistani identity card and passport. Now he should surrender his British nationality to prove his stance true, he added.

He demanded the government to review Altaf Hussain application as per law and inform the people about their decision in this regard. It is pertinent to mention here MQM-Haqqiqi Chairman Afaq Ahmed, earlier has stated that "he would welcome MQM chief Altaf Hussain at the airport if he surrendered his British nationality and returned to Pakistan".

Karachi violence claims three more lives: Three people including a Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) worker were gunned down in separate acts of violence in various parts of the provincial metropolis on Sunday.

As per details, owner of a general store was shot dead in New Karachi area in the limits of New Karachi Police Station. Police said the deceased, Badaruddin, 50, was sitting at his shop when two armed men appeared on the scene and shot him multiple times and fled away. Police shifted his body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and later handed over to his family. Police believed that the incident was a targeted killing.

Separately, a Jamaat-e-Islami worker, Qesiar Shamoon, 25, was shot dead in North Karachi area in the jurisdiction of Sir Syed Police Station. Police said the deceased was withdrawing cash from an ATM when unidentified culprits shot him and managed a good escape. Police were yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident.

A Security guard, Fahad, 28, was gunned down in an armed attack on a CNG station situated near Safora Chowck in the vicinity of Gulistan-e-Jauhar police. Police said two armed riders resorted to indiscriminate firing on the CNG station as a result of which deceased sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot. Police shifted the body to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) for autopsy and later handed over to his heirs.