Karachi: ST lodges first post-poll FIR against MQM
KARACHI: The Sunni Tehreek (ST) has registered the first police report naming Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists for the killing of one of its activists Friday.
FIR No. 74/08 for the murder of the ST’s Ejaz Qadri was registered Saturday at the Ibrahim Haidery police station, nominating MQM unit in-charge Imran, Kashif ‘Goldleaf’, Ali and one man who can be identified by face but whose name is not known for now. Ejaz was a sector in-charge for the party.
The FIR has been registered under Section 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code by Ejaz’s brother Riaz Ahmed, a resident of Korangi. The details are as follows
On March 28, at 430 p.m. Ejaz was sitting with the ST’s Imran and Danish in Bhittai Colony’s Street No. 5. The MQM’s Imran with a Kalashnikov and Kashif with a TT pistol along with Ali and another man, came on two motorcycles. As soon as they started firing, Imran said, “Aj bachne na paey” [He should get away today] for Ejaz. Ejaz died on the spot after being shot in the head and chest while the men sitting with him, Imran and Danish, escaped.
After this, Imran and Kashif Goldleaf fled on their motorcycle. This incident was witnessed by Imran and Danish and they told Ejaz’s brother Riaz Ahmed. They said all four men were members of the MQM. “It was on political rivalry that my brother was killed by firing,” Riaz stated in the FIR.
In a press conference on Saturday at the ST head office, central leader Shahid Ghouri claimed that ever since the elections, three of the party’s men, Adnan, Ijaz and another Ejaz had been killed. Another activist, Muslim Qadri, is still hospitalized after being attacked. On March 27, the ST’s Lines Area sector office was also set on fire. Except for Ejaz’s killing on Friday, no FIRs were lodged for the other cases, Ghouri said. On Friday night, the ST chief Sarwat Qadri held a meeting in which it was decided that all the culprits should be arrested and if not, then the ST will be forced to take drastic measures. On Saturday, Ejaz Qadri’s funeral prayers were not permitted on MA Jinnah Road near Jama Cloth market after Zuhr prayers but Ghouri said that they would go ahead with it today at the same time and place.