Farooq Sattar appears before JIT in Ali Raza Abidi murder case


KARACHI: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Dr Farooq Sattar on Thursday appeared before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the murder of former Member of National Assembly (MNA) Ali Raza Abidi.

He arrived recorded his statement before the probe team in the high-profile murder case at the South Zone Investigation office. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pir Muhammad Shah, who heads the JIT, and other members of the probe team were present on the occasion.

On the night of December 25, former MQM-P leader Ali Raza Abidi was gunned down outside his residence in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area of the port city.

On Dec 28, Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah had claimed that a key arrest had been made with regard to the lawmaker’s assassination. He added that a few suspects had also been arrested in connection with the murder.

In the backdrop of the murder, Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda had earlier claimed that MQM founder and current MQM-London chief was behind the recent unrest in Karachi.

“My analysis suggests that the recent unrest in Karachi and the killing of former MNA Ali Raza Abidi is directly linked to London based MQM founder and some of his cronies,” he said.

Vawda had also said that some “in-house fighting within MQM factions” can also be behind the surge in Karachi’s worsening security situation.