23 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 27, 1435
Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Karachi Shahid Hayat. — File photo
Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Karachi Shahid Hayat. — File photo

KARACHI: An eyewitness identified Muttahida man Kazim Abbas Rizvi as the killer of Advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa during an identification parade held at Karachi’s City Court on Saturday.

The senior lawyer Randhawa, who was also a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) legal wing in Sindh, was shot dead in an attack in the city’s Nazimabad area on September 26 that also left his lawyer son injured.

The accused person Kazim Abbas was arrested on October 1. He was produced in court today amidst tight security where he was identified as the killer by an eyewitness.

During a press conference held at the Central Police Office on October 1, Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Karachi Shahid Hayat had said that the man suspected of involvement in the killing of Randhawa, a lawyer involved in the Wali Babar murder case, had been arrested.

He had named the suspect as Kazim Abbasi Rizvi and said he was associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's Unit 178.

Hayat was asked whether Randhawa's killing had a sectarian dimension, responding to which, the police chief said the lawyer's killing was of a political, not sectarian, nature.

He had said that during initial investigation, the accused had confessed to killing Randhawa.

The AIGP had said that the accused was involved in target killings of eight other people, adding that raids were being conducted to arrest three other accomplices of the accused.

The arrest had drawn severe condemnation from the MQM, as its Rabita Committee declared it as continuation of ‘political victimisation’ of the party.

In a statement released earlier this week, the party alleged that a media trial was being carried out against the MQM through “a planned conspiracy.”

In the statement, the MQM coordination committee had condemned allegations leveled by Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat regarding the involvement of the MQM worker in the case.

It said that the police official had stated at a press conference that Kazim Abbas Rizvi had been arrested on Monday night, but he had been in police custody for five days, since his detention on Sept 27.

The MQM said police had earlier arrested former MQM lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi in the case of killing of two policemen but the allegation turned out to be false and he was released. “Now they are trying to falsely implicate the MQM in the Randhawa murder case.”


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Amir
Oct 05, 2013 05:00pm

Is this going to be the first nail in MQM coffin

Tahir
Oct 05, 2013 05:24pm

I pray that we get rid of this menace and peace returns to this beautiful city of Karachi.

waheed mirza
Oct 05, 2013 05:25pm

Nobody want to comment. Why?. Everybody is so scared of MQM. Let the authorities work impartially. Law must prevail. Why there is interference by Cordination Committee? when a person is charged and there is sufficient evidence, then court has to decided whether the accused is guity or not.

Saad(DXB)
Oct 05, 2013 05:59pm

If one were to believe it, the whole world conspires against these angelic beings who are the members of MQM

Shafaat
Oct 05, 2013 07:09pm

Congratulations for the arrest of killer of Randhawa...

zafar khan
Oct 05, 2013 07:22pm

Shahid Hayat is jhoota the eyewitness is a paid job please leave Muhajir alone , go back to Punjab

malick
Oct 05, 2013 07:41pm

no political protection but judicial protection.

SAKY
Oct 05, 2013 09:27pm

Now this person should be hanged till death........if govt did it Karachi will be clear in few days automatically

HM
Oct 05, 2013 09:37pm

Well done Karachi police. Remove the MQM governor for better results.

zaheer abbass haqqani
Oct 06, 2013 03:22am

MQM should not interfere with police matters. my parents are muhajir. I only call myself Pakistani. We need to clean karachi no matter what. It is only when people of karachi rise above ethnic and sectarian identity then we will free ourselves of rulers who play with our fears to manipulate us versus each other.

Khalid
Oct 06, 2013 04:44am

Good job. If the criminals are caught and investigated with such a firmness, the law will soon reach to the real culprits, that is, the so-called political leadership. Many political parties in Karachi have armed gangs of murderers who murder others on the orders of their masters. These masters use their political clout and blackmailing to protect these murderers from the grip of law. The only way to bring a permanent peace in Karachi is to get this anti-criminal drive to its completion. These politicians will try their utmost to blackmail the government with political tactics and stop the operation against these gangs. But they must not succeed in doing that.

pakiboy
Oct 06, 2013 06:10am

lol !! an eyewitness ... kisi ko bhi lay aao .. main nay dekha tha .. what a non sense ..

pakiboy
Oct 06, 2013 06:06am

@waheed mirza: authorities impartial hon tab na .. yeh hazrat AIG tu khud chor hain ..

Naeem Zubair
Oct 06, 2013 06:34am

Coordination Committee of MQM should go to the court if their members are innocent. Legal course should be the best route. Law should prevail.

asgher
Oct 07, 2013 06:08pm

@pakiboy: Eye witness are usually permanent residing people or shop owners in near distance from the crime scene.

asgher
Oct 07, 2013 06:10pm

Government of Pakistan please start executing death sentence criminals. If there is really some justice left in the country then killers of multiple human beings should not be kept alive in prison cells.

Be Pakistani
Oct 08, 2013 05:12pm

Now, Karachi is no more a territory of any single political party with more than 20 million population. I don't know what political parties and Police are claiming about the target killers but what I know through media reports is that most of the killers are paid and they don't have any real affiliation with political or religious parties but are used as a weapon for anyone who could pay them for their benefit. If we want peace in Pakistan we must eliminate those criminals by rule of law. I appeal media and the people commenting here to stop affiliating these killers to any particular party or sect as it would be used to spread hatred among the people of Pakistan. The killer must be treated as a killer not as a member of MQM, ANP, PPP,JI, Sunni, Shia etc etc.

khan
Oct 08, 2013 05:20pm

@Amir:\

these conspiracies have been since inception of pakistan against mohajirs like jinnah pur, mohajir liberation army. This is the game of anti state elements.

FJ Siddiqui
Oct 08, 2013 08:59pm

Eye witnesses are subjected to questioning by lawyers of both sides. It is not like anybody make a claim and courts will accept it on their face value!