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Ali Raza Abidi gunned down in Karachi

26 December, 2018

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KARACHI: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi was gunned down in Karachi on Tuesday, police officials said. SSP South Pir Mohammad Shah said the shooting incident took place outside the residence of the former member of the National Assembly in Khayaban-e-Ghazi neighbourhood of Defense Housing Authority (DHA).

Unidentified assailants opened fire at Abidi as soon as he disembarked from his vehicle outside his residence, the official said.

Speaking to the media, Abidi’s father Ikhlaq Abidi said his son sustained two bullets to his neck and one in torso. He said the assailants were riding a motorcycle.

Abidi was immediately shifted to PNS Shifa Hospital in a life-threatening condition. He, however, succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers reached the residence of the former MNA and placed security cordons there. Law enforcers were collecting circumstantial evidence from the scene.

Abidi’s death comes days after two Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) workers were gunned down in the city’s Usmania Society locality.

Earlier this month, six people were wounded when a low-intensity blast hit an MQM-Pakistan Milad gathering in Gulistan-e-Johar.

Commenting on the assassination of the former party member, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter said it was a tragic incident. He said there had been security threats to many individuals.

“Threatening calls are received from different numbers,” the mayor said, calling for a review of the decision to withdraw security from individuals who had threats.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound grief over the assassination of former lawmaker.

The prime minister expressed condolence to the bereaved family and sought a report on the matter.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned the incident and demanded a high-level inquiry should be launched to arrest culprits.

Abidi was elected as an MNA on a Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s ticket in 2013 general elections. He, however, joined the Pakistan faction of the party after it split into two following anti-Pakistan tirade by the party supremo during a telephonic address with party workers in Karachi in August 2016.

However, the lawmaker resigned from his National Assembly membership in November 2017 citing “political and personal reasons”.

The resignation came days after Abidi announced quitting the MQM-P after it entered into an electoral alliance with the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). He, however, later rejoined the MQM-P in December 2017, before finally leaving the party in September this year.

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