Missing MQM worker found dead, parts of Karachi shut down

Published January 28, 2015
A body is loaded into an ambulance - AFP/File
A body is loaded into an ambulance - AFP/File

KARACHI: Parts of Karachi shut down hours after the body of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker was found from the Mochko area on Wednesday.

Sohail Ahmed, MQM unit in-charge for society sector 64, had been kidnapped from outside a mosque on December 15 from Bahadurabad. His body was identified at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital today, following which MQM workers gathered at the hospital in large numbers.

Shops and petrol pumps were shut in Bahadurabad, Liaquatabad, Tariq Road, Mehmoodabad and other neighbourhoods soon after.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the killing of Sohail and called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Rizwan Akhtar to take notice of “extrajudicial killings” of MQM workers in the city.

Talking to reporters, MQM leader Khwaja Izharul Hasan said that Sohail was taken in a van by men introducing themselves as law enforcement agencies' personnel, he said.

Rabita Committee has time and again reported missing of Sohail Ahmed but to no avail, the MQM leader said.

After 28 days, Sohail's bullet-riddled body have been found today. He [Sohail] has received multiple bullet wounds on his head and chest, Hasan said.

“Continution of such incidents is the failure of the provincial government ... there are elements within police, Rangers and law enforcers conspiring against MQM.

“More than 35 of MQM workers have been extrajudicially killed. We raised our voice on every forum, but the law has failed to protect us,” he added.

“Government does not respond to us; we appeal to COAS, DG ISI and DG Rangers to please save us, protect our lives,” Hasan said.

MQM would continue registering its protest through democratic means, he said while announcing to observe a day of mourning on Sohail's killing tomorrow (Thursday).

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