In the investigation into the knife attacks on women in various areas of Karachi, the police have arrested 50 suspects, according to media reports on Friday.
Officials have said that the attacks have been orchestrated by political parties to dismantle the working of law enforcement agencies.
Police said that the majority of the arrested persons were the workers of MQM London or MQM Pakistan, adding that a senior leader of MQM-P had arrived at the police station of New Town seeking the release of some party workers.
Police sources said that a senior MQM-P leader arrived at the New Town police station where some of the party workers were being interrogated on Thursday night to get them released.
The source alleged that the detained activists had ‘misbehaved’ with the officers during detention; therefore, the police initially appeared reluctant to let them go. However, after senior leaders intervened, the workers were released after submitting a written apology.
At least 13 cases of stabbing and injuring women of different ages have taken place in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal areas of district East from September 25 to October 5.
It appears that such knife attacks on women had recently spread to two other districts of Karachi Central and Korangi as well.
A teenage girl was stabbed and injured in the Federal B Area earlier this week, while a 20-year-old woman was stabbed and injured by a bike rider in the Saudabad area of Korangi on Thursday evening.
The city police on October 15 had stated they had arrested a person of interest, identified as Waseem, from Sahiwal with help of their counterparts there.
However, the held suspect could not be brought to Karachi for further legal action as Punjab police told their counterparts in Sindh that “they wanted to interrogate him for recent attacks on women in Sahiwal, Rawalpindi and Lahore first”.