MQM activist gunned down in Orangi
KARACHI: A senior member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and former naib nazim of SITE Town was gunned down on Saturday, yards away from his home in Orangi Town, becoming the latest victim of the fresh wave of the target killings, police and party sources said.
In his mid-40s, Syed Badshah Khan was ambushed by at least two men on a motorbike in Farid Colony near Baloch Para of Orangi Town while he was backing up his car outside his home.
“According to witnesses, Mr Khan came out of his home in the first half of the day according to his daily routine,” said an official at the Mominabad Police Station.
“When he was backing up, two men emerged on a motorbike, intercepted his car and fired multiple shots at him. He sustained three bullet wounds and died on the spot. The attackers meanwhile escaped the scene.”
Nine spent bullet shells of .30-bore and 9mm pistols were found at the crime-scene.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where a large number of MQM leaders and activists gathered. The father of three, Mr Khan originally hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and, as the MQM said, had been associated with the party for more than 15 years.
He was elected naib nazim of SITE Town in the 2005 non-party elections of local bodies from the platform of the Haq Parast Panel backed by the MQM.
He held the office till 2010, when the Karachi Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal-led local government completed its four-year term.