Karachi: UC nazim, 15 MQM men arrested for ‘involvement’ in 2 murders, riots
KARACHI: The Union Council (UC) nazim of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and 15 party members have been booked in cases on Thursday for killing two workers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and rioting. Tension has gripped Orangi Town since the clash between the two political groups that occurred on Wednesday night. At least two workers of the PPP were killed during the exchange of fire between the workers of the PPP and MQM in Gulshan-e-Zia, Orangi Town, in the jurisdiction of Pakistan Bazaar Police Station. The deceased were identified as Sajid, 20 and Zulfikar, 32. Police have registered two separate cases against 15 men belonging to MQM for the murders and riots.
An FIR No 450/08 (Under Sections 147, 148, 149, 324, 302) was registered on the complaint of deceased Sajid’s relative Shakeel against 13 men belonging to MQM. The men include UC Nazim Akram Siddiqui, Javed alias Kalia, Masoom Haider, Ghaffar alias Kana, Shahid Jamal, Mannan, Shakeel, Waheed, Sabir, Munna Behari, Dr Bashir, Dr Tazmeen Mannan and Tauqeer and the second FIR No 451/08 was registered on behalf of Zulfikar’s brother Tanvir against four MQM workers which include Javed, Masoom Haider, Azad and Babu.
Tension prevailed in the area and unidentified armed men resorted to aerial firing. As a result routine life was suspended and shops were closed.
Meanwhile combined funeral prayers for the deceased were offered at Gulshan-e-Zia where many PPP workers, leaders and their relatives were present. One of the deceased was laid to rest at the Gulshan-e-Zia Graveyard and the other at the Pakistan Bazaar Graveyard. Angry PPP workers demanded the arrest of the culprits involved. DSP Ramzan Gopang told Daily Times that this was a minor issue, which started from a local bistro and escalated when the workers of both the parties started firing. In reply to a question, he said that the matter especially regarding the arrest of culprits is under discussion as governor and chief minister Sindh both are following it. No arrest was made till the time this report was filed.