Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan MNA Ali Raza Abidi was shot dead in Karachi on Tuesday.
According to SSP South Pir Mohammad Shah the killing incident took place outside the residence of Ali Raza Abidi in Khayaban-e-Ghazi neighborhood of Defense Housing Authority.
Unknown killers shot Ali Raza Abidi as soon as he disembarked from his car outside his residence.
MQM-P MNA Ali Raza Abidi was immediately shifted to PNS Shifa Hospital in critical condition. He, however, succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.
Ali Raza Abidi’s father Ikhlaq Abidi said his son sustained two bullets to his neck and one in torso. He said the assailants were riding a motorbike.
Doctors conducted post-mortem on the deceased’s body. According to the initial report, Ali Raza Abidi sustained four bullets in neck, arm and chest.
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers reached the residence of the former MNA Ali Raza Abidi and placed security cordons there. The law enforcers were collecting circumstantial evidence from the crime scene.
Ali Raza Abidi’s death comes days after two Pak Sarzameen Party workers were gunned down in the Usmania Society locality.
Earlier this month, six people were wounded when a low-intensity blast hit an MQM-Pakistan Milad gathering in Gulistan-e-Johar.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah lamented deterioration in the city’s law and order situation. He directed the inspector general (IG) Sindh to constitute a special team and arrest the killers at the earliest.
Former MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar said Abidi was not only an asset for Karachi, but for the country as well. He further said the former lawmaker was informed of threat to his life four days ago, adding that Ali Raza Abidi’s assassination was a display of cowardice and savagery.
The former MQM-P leader maintained Abidi’s murder was a targeted killing.
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal termed the assassination a huge tragedy and a conspiracy to once again deteriorate Karachi law and order situation.
Commenting on the assassination of the former party affiliate, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter said it was a tragic incident.
Ali Raza Abidi was elected as an MNA on Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s ticket in 2013 general elections.
He, however, joined the Pakistan faction of the party after it split into two following anti-Pakistan tirade by the party supremo during a telephonic address with party workers in Karachi in August 2016.
However, Ali Raza Abidi resigned from his National Assembly membership in November 2017 citing “political and personal reasons”.
The resignation came days after Ali Raza Abidi announced quitting the MQM-P after it entered into an electoral alliance with the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
He, however, later rejoined the MQM-P in December 2017, before finally leaving the party in September this year.