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Muttahida MPA survives armed attack in North Karachi

Muttahida MPA survives armed attack in North Karachi

KARACHI: A member of the provincial assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement escaped unhurt in an armed attack in North Karachi on Friday, police and his party said.

DIG-West Feroze Shah said that Muttahida MPA Saifuddin Khalid left his residence in Sector 11-F for Orangi Town to visit his constituency in his car.

When the car reached Double Road between Sector 11-A and B, three armed men tried to intercept his vehicle being driven by Mr Khalid’s driver and one of them started firing. Mr Khalid’s guard, a police constable, also returned fire forcing the assailants to speed away, according to an MQM press release.

The DIG said that the assailants were on a motorbike and they fired shots. Three bullets hit the vehicle but no one was hurt, he added.

He said that the attackers used two types of pistols and investigators found five spent bullet casings at the crime scene.

“It appears to be an attempt on the life of the MQM legislator,” said the DIG. A special team had been formed to ascertain the identity and motive of the attackers.

Investigators prepared sketches of the three assailants with the help of some witnesses.

Meanwhile, the MQM coordination committee strongly condemned the attack on Mr Khalid and termed it an open act of terrorism.

Speaking at a press conference here, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan asked the prime minister and the chief minister to provide adequate security to the elected representatives of the MQM.

He also demanded that the ‘terrorists’ who attacked party MNA Rashid Godil and MPA Khalid be arrested forthwith.

Mr Khalid, 48, was elected in the May 2013 general election from a provincial assembly constituency (PS-94) in Karachi’s Orangi Town. Previously, he had won the by-election on the same seat after the killing of MQM MPA Raza Haider.

Published in Dawn, September 19th, 2015

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