MQM lawmaker, son gunned down in Karachi

Updated Jun 21, 2013 09:15pm
Family members of  slain lawmaker Sajid Qureshi sit in an ambulance in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, June 21, 2013.—AP Photo
Family members of slain lawmaker Sajid Qureshi sit in an ambulance in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, June 21, 2013.—AP Photo
Photo of Muttahida Quami Movement provincial lawmaker Sajid Qureshi.
Photo of Muttahida Quami Movement provincial lawmaker Sajid Qureshi.
Relatives of Sajid Qureshi, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker who was killed by gunmen, mourn at a morgue in Karachi on June 21, 2013. —AFP Photo
Relatives of Sajid Qureshi, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker who was killed by gunmen, mourn at a morgue in Karachi on June 21, 2013. —AFP Photo

KARACHI: Gunmen on Friday shot dead a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) provincial lawmaker, his son and a passer-by outside a mosque in Karachi, officials said.

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing.

Mohammed Sajid Qureshi, in his early 50s, and his 25-year-old son were targeted in a drive-by shooting as they left a mosque after attending Friday prayers in the congested North Nazimabad neighbourhood.

“Gunmen on a motorcycle fired at (Sindh) provincial assembly member Sajid Qureshi, his son and a pedestrian when they were coming out of mosque,” said senior police official Amir Farooqi.

“He died on the spot, while his son and the third victim died at hospital,” Farooqi said.

Nasir Jamal, a senior member of MQM, confirmed the death of Qureshi and his son.

Speaking over telephone from an undisclosed location, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the attack on the MQM lawmaker was in continuation of their earlier announcement of targeting the ‘secular’ MQM, Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), allies in the former coalition government.

Qureshi, elected to the Sindh Assembly from Karachi’s PS-103 seat in the May 11 polls, was a member of the secular MQM, the largest political party in Karachi now considering whether to join the government in Sindh province.

Three days of mourning

The MQM has announced three days of mourning throughout Pakistan in protest of the killing of its lawmaker.

The party has appealed to all businessmen, traders, industrialists, retailers and transporters to keep their businesses shut on Saturday in protest of the assassination.

Meanwhile, party leader Abdul Rasheed Godil said the MQM would boycott the National Assembly proceedings until ‘serious steps’ were taken to stop 'target killings’ in Karachi.

Soon after the killing, the party also postponed the announcement of results of a ‘referendum’ held Thursday to decide whether MQM should join the Pakistan Peoples Party government in Sindh or lead the opposition in the provincial assembly.

Earlier this week, the PPP had formally invited the former coalition partner to join it for another five years in the Sindh government, but the MQM leadership said it had left it up to its voters to decide.

Senior party leaders had claimed more than 5 million people and party supporters had turned up to cast their votes, and the result was to be announced Friday after counting of ballots.

MQM has long held sway in Karachi, Pakistan’s business capital by the Arabian Sea, and its leader-in-exile Altaf Hussain lives in London.

A city of 18 million people, Karachi contributes 42 percent of Pakistan's GDP but is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

—Zahir Shah Sherazi contributed to reporting from Peshawar.


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obbe
Jun 21, 2013 02:51pm

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad..

Mystic
Jun 21, 2013 03:31pm

Any ideas how long this "tatheer" by British national would go on?

Youth
Jun 21, 2013 04:45pm

They want to turn Karachi into a major battle ground. Karachi is the business hub of Pakistan, all stake holders should be careful of foreign agents operating to destabilize Pakistan. Chaos in Karachi means weakening national economy. This I suppose is the 4th generation warfare being imposed on Pakistan.

Imtiaz Hydari
Jun 21, 2013 04:52pm

The first thing to do is strongly condemn the senseless killings in Karachi. Innocent Human beings are being gunned down in cold blood and there is no end in sight The second thing to do is to ask who is responsible for law and order in Karachi The third thing to do is to clarify that law and order is a provincial responsibility The fourth thing is to ask if the ruling party in Sindh is capable of identify and expose those responsible for the killings and prosecute these criminals regardless of party affiliation The fifth thing is to suggest that if the present government is not capable of delivering on law and order it should RESiGN Finally I cannot help asking why is the MQM holding a referendum to join the ruling party as coalition partners? Five years of lawlessness and we have the same Government in power again. What hope is there for Karachi?

Sheraz
Jun 21, 2013 06:12pm

It's all politcal and involment of agencies nothing else. Why dont Army took over Karachi and do a complete operation and make Karachi a gun free city

A.M.H.Kango
Jun 21, 2013 06:19pm

It is all cultural conflict based on language supermacy. Let a judicial commission be established to probe in this Only if all observed divine values and reaped the fruits of this world and that of the next

Ali
Jun 21, 2013 07:39pm

Interesting statement"Meanwhile, party leader Abdul Rasheed Godil said the MQM would boycott the National Assembly proceedings until

Tojo
Jun 21, 2013 07:43pm

While it is sad to hear about anyone's death, as it is in this case of an elected leader, it is absurd to demand that all businesses must shut down just for that. Pardon me, but I really do not understand the rationale behind this practice. Efforts must be made to trace & capture the killers.

Capt J
Jun 21, 2013 08:55pm

Hello,

Why Karachi has to suffer for them? PTI members also got murdered but they have call to shut down the relevant cities? MQM themselves are responsible of all this situation.

Saad(DXB)
Jun 21, 2013 10:29pm

@Sheraz: What an idiotic thing to say.. Last time this happened in Karachi, it was the mid 90s... Perhaps you were too young back then.. Weapons were used freely on both sides and on an average 30+ people used to die each day... Moreover, this is the first time that Pakistan Army has adopted a policy of absolutely no interference in political matters. Pakistani Army is restricting itself to what it does best..

Pakistanis are a silly bunch.. They want their Army to take over whenever there is trouble, but when the army does, they start calling its leaders are dictators.. Enjoy Democracy.. You deserve it.

Noman
Jun 21, 2013 10:31pm

@Imtiaz Hydari: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan already admitted being the killers of these three men. That's where we should start. Either the Taliban's spokesman is a fraud and is spewing lies, in which case, other Taliban leaders should come out and deny their involvement or he's telling the truth. Either way, that's where the criminal proceedings should start to bring the Taliban thugs down and to bring them under the rule of law.

Of course, there will be talk of 'agencies', 'external hands', 'out-of-state actors' and whatnot, There'll be forced closures of businesses and over-active and self-entitled youths running around spilling their wrath over on exactly the wrong people.

Within few weeks, people will forget this or another incident may happen, and then some idiotic political leader from Tehreek-e-Insaaf will say "Taliban is not our enemy. They are Pakistani too!"

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
Jun 21, 2013 11:37pm

This is unfortunate that Karachi is constantly facing such terrorism and the Chief Minister says Karachi is in better condition. He thinks that these conditions are better for Karachi. Shame on him and his Government.

Nadeem
Jun 22, 2013 12:08am

TTP a known terrorist orgnization claims responsibility of MQM's leader's murder , however all comments demonstrate hate towards MQM , I guess everyone loves TTP a known terrorist orgnization or is afraid to denounce their act. Sooner or later they will get you as well.

amir
Jun 22, 2013 12:11am

Nothing new

I. Khan
Jun 22, 2013 12:15am

It is just unbelievable that Punjab Government has allocated a funding of sixty one million Rupees for Jamat-Dawah which has close relationship with Lashkar Jhangvi. Terrorist are killing innocent people in K.P.K, Sindh and Balochistan every day and Punjab is protecting and supporting them. I wonder why the news-media and authorities (Judiciary)are not taking notice of this crime.

zafar iqbal
Jun 22, 2013 12:18am

Include Friday in calender as weekly YOM-E-SOG until MQM join government or Altaf Hussain arrested in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case / Governor rule in Sindh. This is movie ending violence !

sajjad khan
Jun 22, 2013 12:46am

Regular transaction in mafia organization, replacing older and incompetent ones with competent new and showing it victimization, killing few birds with one stone.

shado
Jun 22, 2013 01:04am

I agree with youth, - there were videos of MAY 11, and MQM flags on motor bike, firing at passer byer; These are two terrorist group fighting each other out. I think current government need to end the operation that they started in 92. and Clean the terrorist among the MQM. (once they are out then point towards TTP and clean out that dirt.

Sabahat
Jun 22, 2013 02:17am

There should be a warning issued to 3 major party (MQM, PPP, ANP) leaders (Altaf Hussain or MQM leader in Pakistan, Zardari, Asfandyar wali of ANP) in Karachi that if there is any target killing all of the mentioned leaders would be charged.

They will make every effort to keep peace in Karachi and they all together can. Who else represent Karachi if not them. I want to keep PTI out since I don't think they have any history of doing these anywhere.

You will see the crime rate to drop close to zero. All these parties have their own agendas and do it for their political interest. None of them see country interest first.

Saeed
Jun 22, 2013 02:26am

Everyone condemning everything ,but no one dare to talk about main reason , Religion .

Tariq Mehsud
Jun 22, 2013 02:29am

One simple question what is the secret behind to be called a muhajir.

malik
Jun 22, 2013 02:36am

@Imtiaz Hydari: All your points are excellent especially point number 5. Now, wait for more mourning and business closure days like the previous ones had brought any result. Basically, it is the provincial governement headed by an octanagerian do-nothing who should have been retired at least 30 years ago. Both governors and CM have record breaking time period in their office. Both should be sent home, one to Khairpur, the other to London where he basically came from. Good riddance!

khan
Jun 22, 2013 05:40am

3 days of mourning ? what are poor citizens supposed to feed their hungry children if there is a strike every week and even getting rice/dahl is becoming impossible. Mr Hussain any comments while you resting in your 1 million pound home in london?

Jamil Khan
Jun 22, 2013 06:23am

Urdu speaking people Karachi & rest of Sindh should disassociate themselves MQM if not they must be settled in Gawader or Cholistan desert in Punjab as they claims that they are the people who developed the city of Karachi. People living in Karachi & other parts of Sindh are Sindhi.

mak
Jun 22, 2013 08:41am

They never mourned on Farooki death , ask the taxi driver

munawar
Jun 22, 2013 10:54am

MQM has been in power more than anyone else in Sindh for so many years, so who is responsible for law and order. I guarantee they will be in govt in few weeks this is just to get more favours

msm
Jun 22, 2013 12:06pm

Terrorism in any form is highly condemnable, even if the victim is a part of terrorist team. Why not MQM, condemn other terrorist activities going on within this country for long time, why they remain tight lipped when others get killed?

The same day another terrorist activity took place in Peshawar outside a mosque, victims were those who gathered for Friday prayers. This is certainly not the teachings of Islam. No real Muslim can even think of killing innocents people, not even animals.

These killers are not Muslims not even human beings.

Whose teachings they are following? Certainly they are doing it for money offered by their masters.

Luqman Khan
Jun 22, 2013 02:35pm

It is a very sad incident. Such incidents are a serious question on the security agencies.

Noorullah Maki
Jun 22, 2013 02:35pm

An attempt to divert people's attention from Money Laundering, Imran Farooq's murder and London properties of MQM main stream leadership.

Gerry D'Cunha
Jun 22, 2013 02:41pm

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing. Do TTP claim to be 'muslims' ? if so, which passage from the quran they follow.

S Hassan Ali
Jun 22, 2013 03:33pm

@A.M.H.Kango:

Oh God! what a myopic perspective, this is the kind of view which tantamount to supporting talibans. Please just come out of it, TTP has clearly declared MQM, ANP & PPP as its enemies. If you think that this killing is due to some ethnic issues, then please explain to me the murder of Mr. Bilor?

Naved
Jun 22, 2013 11:46pm

LeJ has claimed the responsibility of the ugly act. Let us all condemn the barbaric acts of taliban and LeJ.