Former MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi shot dead in Karachi’s DHA

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Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and ex-MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi was shot dead in Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood on Tuesday evening, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Javed Alam Odho said. He was 46.

Two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on Abidi’s car on Khayaban-e-Ghazi street in DHA’s Phase V, according to Station House Office Gizri Asad Mangi.

People observe the site of the attack. — DawnNewsTV
People observe the site of the attack. — DawnNewsTV

Abidi was alone in his car when he was shot near his residence. He sustained three or four bullet wounds and was taken to PNS Shifa hospital by his father, Akhlaq Abidi.

The former MQM leader succumbed to his injuries during treatment, SSP South Pir Muhammad Shah said.

Police and Rangers personnel cordoned off the site of the attack and are collecting evidence.

Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam took notice of the incident and sought a report from police authorities.

A politician and restaurateur

In September this year, Abidi had tendered in his resignation from the MQM-Pakistan’s “basic membership” citing “personal reasons”.

Abidi was one of the leaders who had stood with former convener Farooq Sattar in the buildup to the 2018 elections when MQM-P was subject to an internal power battle.

In Nov 2017, he had opposed then MQM-P chief Sattar and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal’s short-lived alliance, and even announced that he was resigning from his National Assembly seat as “this is not what I believed in and stood for”.

Sattar while talking to reporters after his demise said “Abidi was like my children”.

“We had raised him with our own hands, he was Pakistan’s future. With what cowardice and coldness he was targeted and martyred.”

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