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
June 21, 2013 2:51 pm

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad..

Mystic
June 21, 2013 3:31 pm

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

Youth
June 21, 2013 4:45 pm

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
June 21, 2013 4:52 pm

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
June 21, 2013 6:12 pm

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
June 21, 2013 6:19 pm

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
June 21, 2013 7:39 pm

Interesting statement"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."

My foor, why dont you get to work and help in this regard? Who else will come and fix these issues for you all. If you all (politicians) get together and nicely and calmly have a meeting for the better future of everyone will be a good start. Also please tell Altaf to stop threats from abroad.

Tojo
June 21, 2013 7:43 pm

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
June 21, 2013 8:55 pm

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)
June 21, 2013 10:29 pm

@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
June 21, 2013 10:31 pm

@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
June 21, 2013 11:37 pm

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
June 22, 2013 12:08 am

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
June 22, 2013 12:11 am

Nothing new

I. Khan
June 22, 2013 12:15 am

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
June 22, 2013 12:18 am

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
June 22, 2013 12:46 am

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

shado
June 22, 2013 1:04 am

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
June 22, 2013 2:17 am

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
June 22, 2013 2:26 am

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

Tariq Mehsud
June 22, 2013 2:29 am

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

malik
June 22, 2013 2:36 am

@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
June 22, 2013 5:40 am

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
June 22, 2013 6:23 am

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
June 22, 2013 8:41 am

They never mourned on Farooki death , ask the taxi driver

munawar
June 22, 2013 10:54 am

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
June 22, 2013 12:06 pm

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
June 22, 2013 2:35 pm

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

Noorullah Maki
June 22, 2013 2:35 pm

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
June 22, 2013 2:41 pm

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
June 22, 2013 3:33 pm

@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
June 22, 2013 11:46 pm

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

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