Manchester attack: Iron rods swung at Mirza, escapes unhurt

Published: November 27, 2011

Men attack Mirza with iron rods when he was leaving a ceremony arranged by Pakistani community in his honour. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS/FILE

MANCHESTER: Returning from a ceremony in Manchester, Sindh’s former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza came under attack when five unidentified men went for him with iron rods, Express 24/7reported on Saturday. The former minister, however, managed to escape unhurt.

Mirza was accompanied by Lord Nazir Ahmed when the two were returning from a ceremony organised by the Pakistani community in honour of the former minister.

The attack left two local journalists injured, following which the assailants fled the crime scene.

The attackers were “the same people” whom Mirza said he is campaigning against. The former minister added that such attacks would not deter him from completing his mission.

The police have registered a case against the assailants; meanwhile the CCTV footage obtained by them revealed that the attackers were of Asian origin.

Lord Nazir said that it is Scotland Yard’s responsibility to arrest those responsible for the attack.

Angry reaction back home

“The attack on Dr Zulfiqar Mirza and Lord Nazir resembles the attack on [slain MQM leader] Dr Imran Farooq and we demanded that a case be registered against Altaf Hussain in this regard,” Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi Senior Vice President Shamshad Ghauri said while condemning the attack on Mirza and Lord Nazir.

Meanwhile, a shutter-down strike was observed in Badin in protest against the assault on Mirza.

The former Sindh home minister’s supporters took to the streets, burning tyres and forcing businesses to close down.

A rally led by Abdullah Mallah and Lala Mallah set on fire photos of Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain and chanted slogans against the party.

The demonstrators demanded that those responsible for Saturday’s attack in Manchester be brought to justice.

(WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY OUR CORRESPONDENT IN KARACHI AND INPUT FROM PPI)

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:50PM

    May God protect you Mirza & give the courage to continue with your crusade. Lord Nazir, we salute you for your unflinching support to Dr, Mirza.Recommend

  • Nov 26, 2011 - 2:49PM

    MQM?

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  • Look at the pic
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Is he is bleeding from head…

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  • Sindhvoice
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Dr.Mirza lives in the heart of the people. Anti Dr.Mirza people out of frustration are doing mistakes which will eventually hurt them and their party.This is attack on freedom of speech.Shame!

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  • Faisal Goraya
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:29PM

    we love you Mirza sb so much. May Almighty Allah protect you and bless you amen.

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  • Soul Mate
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:58PM

    The British Government rejects Mirza so called evidences against MQM and alleged involvement of Altaf in Imran Farooq murder. British Home Secretary statement is enough to reveal the reality of Mirza allegations. Soon Mirza will change his stance and forget Imran Farooq murder and will focus of blaming MQM as Anti Pakistan and would try to prove that he is the only Patriot but we all remember his speech in which he proudly said We were about to break Pakistan only Zardari stopped us by raising Pakistan Khappay slogan.Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Mirza should return to Pakistan as his life is in danger there, I wonder why is he risking his life in a foreign land.

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Assalam-o-Alaikum.. May ALLAH give you success against evils and nation enemies.. ALLAH protect you and your from all evil plans.. AAMEEN

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  • Naveed Salman
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:22PM

    What are the chances that these people are MQM??
    OR was it Mirza’s own men who wanted to potray that MQM even has influence in London??

    Let Scotland Yard investigate and find out. This time it should be easy as the men have been caught in CCTV footage. Recommend

  • Mohsin Ali
    Nov 26, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza u r a brave man…it will not hurt u…whole nation prayers r with u..INSHALLAH U will suc u r fghting not only for the ppl of khri,,,but 4 the ppl of PAKISTAN..GOD BLESS U …AMEEN

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 9:09PM

    It was all cooked up by Mirza and Lord Nazeer.

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  • Sanity
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:23PM

    War of Karachi reaches London!Recommend

  • fus
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:07PM

    it is just a drama…I doubt MQM is in position at the moment to do anything like this when anything they do or even don’t do go against them…just a PR stunt.Recommend

  • Not required
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:22PM

    British Paksitani’s held a ceremony in the honour of mirza? Recommend

  • MarkH
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:45AM

    Iron rods, how stereotypical and ineffective. Did he at least get a bruise? Not to be insensitive, but 5 men only injuring 2 journalists when targeting Mirza using iron rods is suspect. It’s not like those journalists were body guards.
    But, yeah, little to worry about. Since it’s on camera and not Pakistan they’ll be dealt with anyways.

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  • miba
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:53AM

    ONE DAY LIFE OF A LION IS BETTER THAN HUNDRED YEARS OF JACKAL (Tipu Sultan) this quote is for zulfiqar mirza as he is a lion we all pakistani should be proud of him. May Allah protect him and keep him safe (amen)

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Dr. Mirza! Your home constituency is under miles of flood water and the denizens do not even have enough to eat. And with the onset of winter they are complaining of lack of warm clothing. The streets and playgrounds (if any) are flooded with water, which makes it dangerous for children to play around. This is the second consecutive year the electorate in your home town is under flood water and you have let them down like a typical wadera. And there you are in London making merry by finding fault with the Muttaheda instead of rubbing the murderous black filth from your face. Dont rely on civic society to give donations to your electorate all the time every year because there is a saying known as ‘donor fatigue’.

    Why did you issue three hundred thousand arms licenses when you were the Provincial Home Minister? Were you expecting an invasion and a sudden burst of patriotism compelled you to issue them? Or were you planning to take over Karachi with the help of the Lyari Amn Peace Committee and Mohajir Quomi Movement? The days of ‘wadera shahi’ and ‘choudhrahat’ are soon coming to an end INSHALLAH a

    Dont forget Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and the predicament Syria is facing. Let discretion become the better part of your valor and come home to your Badin town and serve the grief stricken people. Social work at home will make a better person of you, remove the rancour in your heart and maybe you might be elected again, INSHALLAH.

    Salams to a better PakistanRecommend

  • Dr. Who!
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:55PM

    @the Skunk: Well done, keep spraying!

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  • Ex
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Poverty also exists in mqm areas
    @the Skunk:

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  • Riaz Ahmed
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:32PM

    i think dr zolfikar mirza is a true and strong man he cant afread frm any one he is a honest pakistani

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:54PM

    Since the Scotty Yard outright rejected Mirza he had to come up with somethin to gather the sympathies of his lunatic followers .And this was it ……………
    Imagine someone attacking Mirza with an iron road amidst the level of seciruty in Manchester exposed out with innumeorus CC Camera and Scotty Yard just lying idle …..Coem’on ….this is way too much even for Mirza and co.

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