KARACHI - MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday criticised the security forces for raiding party headquarters and urged the party workers and supporters to stay united and peaceful despite being targeted.

He was addressing the party members via telephone.

He expressed a resolve that raids, arrests and suppression would not defeat their spirits. Movement and struggle would continue until last breath, he added. The party chief urged supporters living abroad to raise voices against raids.

He accused that Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had a “deal with the army” and that he had deceived him. “I supported Asif Zardari in tough times when leaders of his own PPP had ditched him and in return he (Zardari) has deceived me,” he said while speaking from London to an annual assistance programme of Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation at the Jinnah ground.

Rabita Committee’s Dr Farooq Sattar has said that raids on party headquarters and other anti-party activities would bring negative results. The Rabita Committee members held a press conference at MQM headquarters Nine Zero. Sattar urged civil society and human rights organisations to raise voices against Rangers’s raids. He said MQM was not responsible for ills in the society. He denounced registering of countless cases against MQM’s chief across the country.

On the occasion, Barrister Saif said democracy would not function with such targeting tactics. He said handcuffs were MQM workers’ jewelry and medals as these always lead to success. He also said that several women affiliated with the party have also been nominated in the cases including Khushbakht Shujaat.

Tahir Mashhadi said such activities against the party were against the Constitution of Pakistan. The operation in Karachi was against the target killers and extortionists, he added. However, he said operation had been directed against MQM. Mashhadi said that law enforcers were breaking the rules themselves. He further said that few people want to separate Altaf Hussain and MQM.

Moreover, Mohajir Rabita Council (MRC) president Arshad Siddiqui said former president Asif Ali Zardari had openly insulted the Pak Army and had said he would expose and retaliate if the covert operation by Pak army against him, his family and party was not stopped.

However, the Pak Army and Rangers showed no reaction but reached a deal with the PPP and on Friday night, Zardari from Dubai had asked Sindh Chief Minister to extend Rangers stay in Sindh for a year. He said the decision was later implemented through an executive order while he had stated earlier that Rangers stay could only be made lawful after approval from the Sindh assembly.

It was a sure indication that the Rangers and PPP had reached an agreement to eliminate the MQM.