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Weapon used in Abidi's murder previously used in another killing: CTD official

Updated December 26, 2018

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A forensic report says one of the two 30 bore pistols used in the incident was also used in a Liaquatabad killing. —Photo courtesy Ali Raza Abidi's Twitter account
A forensic report says one of the two 30 bore pistols used in the incident was also used in a Liaquatabad killing. —Photo courtesy Ali Raza Abidi's Twitter account

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police on Wednesday claimed to have made some headway in the investigations into the murder of former MQM lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi and said that "one of the murder weapons had also been used in another killing in Liaquatabad recently".

According to CTD officer Raja Umar Khattab, two 30 bore pistols were used in Abidi's murder. Six shots were fired from one weapon, while a single shot from another, he said. Investigators collected seven spent cartridges from the crime scene which were sent to the police forensic laboratory, the official added.

The laboratory's report received by the investigators states that the 30 bore pistol from which six shots were fired was previously used in the murder of 23-year-old Ihtisham in Liaquatabad on December 10.

Police 'twiddling thumbs'

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to making the city of Karachi peaceful and prosperous, and directed the law enforcement agencies to make foolproof security arrangements accordingly.

This he said while presiding over an emergent meeting at Chief Minister House to review law and order situation in the metropolis.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, CM's Adviser on Information Murtaza Wahab, Director General Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, Police Inspector General Dr Kaleem Imam, the provincial heads of intelligence agencies, Deputy Inspector General South Javed Alam Udho and other concerned officers.

Briefing the chief minister about the murder of Ali Raza Abdi, DIG South Javed Odho told the chief minister that cartridges were found from the spot where he was shot dead. The cartridges were sent for forensic testing and the report has revealed that the pistol was used previously in some other crimes which were already under investigation.

He also said that the victim's mobile phone has been taken into custody and was being decoded so that his messages and calls could be investigated.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, the chief minister said that during the last six weeks six terrorist incidents have taken place in the city which was serious and alarming and could be not tolerated, therefore the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, should take strict security measures and improve their performance.

Shah recalled and counted that in this time a blast in Landhi had claimed innocent lives, Chinese Consulate was attacked, a vehicle in District South was attacked, a Mehfil-i-Milad was attacked with a cracker in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, then PSP workers were killed in their office and now former parliamentarian Ali Raza Abdi has been killed.

“This shows that the disbursed terrorists are getting organised once again and we are twiddling our thumbs,” he said.

"There is no political interference in police affairs," the chief minister said, adding that as the minister in charge of the Home Department he has made the police department an independent organisation. "Despite all that, the results were disturbing and painful."

Shah mentioned that out of the six incidents, three have happened in the South district, therefore South police have to be more vigilant and active.

“I want you to conduct a security audit of the city and strengthen security at vulnerable points,” he said and directed the IG police to keep him posted with day to day reports on the law and order situation in the province in general and Karachi in particular.

The intelligence agencies also briefed the chief minister about the incident and suggested some strict security measures. They also pointed out that discord within some parties was also leading to violence.

The meeting was briefed that police and Rangers have made some arrests and they were sure that some solid clues would be unearthed to arrest Abidi's killers. At this, the chief minister categorically said he wanted the expedient arrest of the killers.