MQM MPA Raza Haider killed, violence ensues

Published: August 2, 2010

Traffic was jammed after incidents of rioting across the city. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ADEEL

Traffic was jammed after incidents of rioting across the city. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ADEEL A bus set on fire after the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider. PHOTO: ONLINE MQM MPA Raza Haider shot dead in Karachi.

MQM MPA Raza Haider was shot dead in the Nazimabad area on Monday.

Sources said Raza Haider was in Nazimabad to attend the funeral of a relative when six unidentified gunmen opened fire on him.

The MPA succumbed to his injuries on the way to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Sporadic incidents of violence erupted across the city as reports of the murder started coming in.

The body guard of Raza haider was also killed in the incident.

Funeral prayers of Raza Haider will be held after Zuhr prayers on Tuesday at Bab-ul-Ain in Nazimabad.

MQM has announced a 3 day mourning period.

All educational institutions in Karachi will be closed tomorrow as a result of the incident.

End of live updates

11:10pm

The overall death toll in shootings has risen to eleven, with over people 35 injured.

Four people have been killed and 12 injured in shootings in Orangi, Sohrab Goth and Shareefabad.

The All Karachi Traders Union has announced market closure tomorrow.

10:40pm

According to The Express Tribune reporter Fawad Ali Shah, street lights have been shut across the city. Neither City District Government officials nor Cantonment Board Clifton Officials were ready to talk on why the street lights were shut.

Meanwhile according  ANP spokesperson has said three party workers named Naseem Afridi, Syed Khan and Murad Afridi have been shot dead in Pak colony.

According to reports the number of injuries in the ongoing riots in the city has risen to 23.

10:30pm

Speaking on ‘Witness with Quatrina’ MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that a high level inquiry should be made into the killing of the MPA and that the inquiry should come up with names of the perpetrators.

One Mohammad Sher, 23, has been  gunned down near Nadria hotel, Nazimabad within the limits of Rizvia police station. Police said he was killed in the riots.

@abidifactor 2 Innocent watchman shot dead in Gulshan Bungalows Gulestan-e-Juhar Block 19 #karachi

@salmansid my mother is stuck in Bahadurabad. Sister called me up to say firing is very intense in Gulshane Iqbal, behind National Stadium. #Karachi

@RaxaXaidi All Gas Stations Shut Down Already In Karachi May Almighty Have Mercy On Us..

10:15pm

Four dead bodies and 15 injured persons have been received at the JPMC, Dr Semi Jamali Incharge Emergency and Accident Center told The Express Tribune.

The body of Umair son of Asmatulah, 22, was brought from Abul Hasan Ispahani road. He received three bullets according to the MLO at JMPC.

Imam Bux, 30, son of Ghulam Rasool , was shot dead in Korangi after the incident and his body was also shifted to the JMPC. According to the doctors he received two bullets.

Noor Zaman, 44, son of Badhshah Khan was killed in New Karachi. He was killed in the riots that followed the murder of the MQM MPA.

Shahi Hussain, 30, son of Fida Hussain was killed in Landhi and his body was brought to the JMPC by the ambulance of a rescue service. Doctors said he received four bullets.

10:00pm

Funeral prayers of MQM MPA Raza Haider will be held after Zuhr prayers on Tuesday.

MQM has announced three days of mourning.

Karachi University has postponed all exams to be held tomorrow.

Karachi Board of Secondary Education has deferred the announcement of pre-medical results.

@mshoaibyaseen 2 persons injured in my area by anonymous firing. Gulzar-e-Hijri #karachi #mqm

@Saba_Imtiaz Aerial firing still going on outside the house (Phase 2, DHA), an hour after it started. #Karachi

9:55pm

Death toll rises to 5, with 10 others injured in ongoing violence across Karachi.

9:40pm

One person killed, 10 injured in shootings in various areas.

9:35pm

In Hyderabad, as news of the murder spread markets closed and youth burnt tyres in protest on the streets. Express News Cameraman Shakeel was attacked and his camera was destroyed. A wheel jam strike has also been announced in Hyderabad. There is no sign of police as rioters run rampant.

9:25pm

A petrol pump in Korangi No.5 has been set on fire.

Exams to be held at Urdu University have been postponed.

@Farman21 again heard some gun shots in #gulshan #Karachi#Pakistan

@altruistic92 3-day mourning announced in #karachi

9:20pm

Chief Secretary Sindh has said educational institutions will remain closed in Karachi tomorrow.

Four more vehicles set ablaze in Korangi.

Over 15 vehicles set ablaze in different areas of Karachi so far.

9:15pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the MQM should wait for the investigation before any response.

MQM leaders have given strong statements regarding the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider

Babar Ghauri

We will not rest until the culprits are caught. This city and province has been treated like a joke. Now if no action is taken, MQM will not be able to control the people.

Raza Haroon

On July 24, Shahi Syed gave threatening comments about revenge and taking up arms, we believe that investigations should begin with Shahi Syed and ANP leaders.

Waseem Aftab

How long will you ask us for patience? We have been patient and have asked for people to be patient. There is a limit for everything, two hundred of our workers have been killed and now our representatives are also being targeted. Those who have the power should not be silent witnesses anymore.

@beenasarwar RT @sabeen: Got home from Tipu Sultan Rd via Karsaz flyover. Sh-e-Faisal towards airport jammed. Other side empty, ghostly #Karachi

@shyyawn stuck in johar block 2 on side road, can some one give news on kamran chorangi, johar chorangi and johar more. Karachi #fb

@SerepticuS A friend’s car got burned in ‘protest’ tonight in #Karachi. The ppl who did it were more excited than mourning as if they were celebrating!

9:00pm

The body has been released from Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and the Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at Bab-ul-Ain in Nazimabad.

According to Express 24/7 reporter Masror Huseen dozens of vehicles have been torched in the city.

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain says the murder of Raza Haider is a tragedy.

@BeingSamee: Breaking all signals….finally reach near hill park karachi. precisely near Imtiaz super store !//so ur ready to be mugged

@furhanhussain Stuck in in a friend’s relative’s home. Classes got cancelled, gave up after driving in defence #karachi for an hour.

@oa204: he was such a nice humble and a peace loving person raza haider #karachi

@kadnan Funeral cermony of Raza Hyder will be held at Imam Bargah Babul Ilm,North Nazimabad. Residents of N.Nazd! stay safe at homes #karachi #mqm

@HumaImtiaz Firing going on outside my apartment in Phase 2 Ext, DHA. Just heard someone yell “close all the shops”. #Karachi ~ b safe

8:45pm

Twenty-three vehicles have been set ablaze in Banaras, Landhi, Ispahani road, Nazimabad and Gulistan-e-Johar areas of Karachi.

People are stranded on roads as public transport has stopped functioning. Petrol pumps around the city have also closed down.

8:35pm

PPP leader Shazia Marri says there have been 878 killings in Karachi since January.

@haroonurasheed Two trucks have been burnt on hub road #karachi

@kashaziz Karachi should be handed over to Army and full scale search operation should be performed.

@danishkhi @ahkath Gulshan, Joher, Landhi, Korangi…… firing reports from all over Karachi

8:30pm

Ten injured in shootings in Landhi, SITE, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Baldia Town and Korangi.

Massive traffic jams reported near PIDC/Sheraton.

@haroonurasheed #Azizabad only area of #karachi , where firing is not going, I was outside sometime before.

@arfeen77 back home, too much traffic jam around tariq road,bahdurabad,hassan square..bad situation in #karachi #fb

8:25pm

Markets have been closed down in Manzoor Colony, Saddar town.

Markets also closed down in Hyderabad in wake of MPA’s killing.

@usman_qamar #firing start again in gulshan iqbal block -10 #karachi

8:20pm

Emergency meeting of MQM Rabita Committee underway at 90.

Three people injured in shooting incident in Landhi.

Eleven vehicles set ablaze in different areas of Karachi.

8:15pm

In a press statement ANP Leader Shahi Syed has condemned the killing of Raza Haider and demanded that the government investigate the case and take severe action against the assailants.

Shahi Syed said the ANP is saddened by the incident and that MQM leaders should refrain from giving hostile statements for the sake of peace in the city.

He said that sectarian violence cannot be ignored and appealed that the public stay calm and not indulge in hostile activities.

He also said that ANP condemns all cases of terrorism.

@sanakazmi my friend just saw a man firing at punjab chowrangi #karachi

8:10pm

Nince vehicles have been set ablaze in different areas.

Rangers and Police officials have said negotiations are the only way to contain the violence.

MPA Raza Haider was an active spokesperon against sectarian violence.

8:00pm

According to The Express Tribune Reporter Fawad Ali Shah, four vehicles have been set ablaze in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Filling stations shut down in different areas of Karachi.

MPA Raza Haider was murdered when he was performing abulation inside the mosque.

@sanakazmi lots of people – inc. women – stuck on shahrah-e-faisal waiting for buses. should start a volunteer rideshare for times like these. #karachi

@sanakazmi @desmukh there was some firing from/near the flyover at nipa when i passed by half an hour ago. #karachi

@smmohiuddin 23 Vehicles Burnt in Karachi since 6:15pm – Sources

7:53pm

Aeriel firing being reported in Tariq Road and various areas of Karachi.

DIG East Ameer Sheikh to head the inquiry committee.

MQM MPA killed

Incidents of sporadic firing are being reported in the city. Two people have been injured in firing incidents in SITE area following the MPA’s murder. Unidentified people have also set fire to a bus on Ispahani road. Traffic jams in various areas are also being reported. Security has been beefed up across the city. Citizens are facing great difficulty as public transport is nowhere to be seen.

Raza Haider was targeted by six unidentified gunmen after he had attended a funeral. He was injured as a result of the shooting and succumbed to his injuries on the way to Abbasi Shaheed hospital. According to initial reports Raza Haider received a bullet to his head. There are conflicting reports of the MPAs gunman being killed in the attack as well. Raza Haider had reportedly received threats from an extremist group.

Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area and all markets have been closed in the area.

MQM demands action

MQM Spokesman Waseem Aftab, speaking to the media at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, said that the Sindh Government and Federal Government should not ask for patientce, but should take action against the elements who were disrupting peace in Karachi.

He said his party is a victim of target killings and people ask the party when target killings would stop.

He called for action against ANP leader Shahi Syed and all other elements who have been disrupting the peace.

Rizvi calls for patience

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi pleaded for calm and said that terrorists wanted to spread chaos in Karachi. He said that according to reports, two workers of MQM were also killed in the attack.

Malik pleads for calm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik condemned the murder and appealed to the citizens of Karachi to remain calm.

Speaking to the media he requested that speculation on the murder of Raza Haider should avoided till investigations are completed.

He also indicated that the authorities had some ‘clues’ as to who could be behind the attack.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Nabeel Amin
    Aug 2, 2010 - 6:56PM

    For the sake of Allah please please stop this killing, we all have to die one day and will be answerable to our LORD.

    I beg for patience and request to those who are killing others just think when you will be the one targetted.

    Think of your families mother and father.

    Nabeel AminRecommend

  • Imran Faris
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:01PM

    sad newsRecommend

  • A.Sattar Zara
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:18PM

    May Allah rest the Departed Soul in Peace. and give courage to the berieved familyRecommend

  • abc
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:28PM

    can we use this forum to update about the conditions in karachi. where its safe or not? i heard there’s firing going on at MT roadRecommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:30PM

    All the target killings in Karachi irrespective of affiliations are highly condemnable. I just feel that Political Parties, just like Religious Parties, do not forgo and forgive old enmities. For God’s sake, we citizens of Karachi beg you, please let the sanity prevail and ask your workers to stop this madness. Country is already going through worst turmoil.Recommend

  • shaheryar.popalzai
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:53PM

    @abc

    We are updating the story as we receive information. You are free to add updates in the comments section.

    Regards,
    Web deskRecommend

  • SMJ
    Aug 2, 2010 - 7:55PM

    The country is fast sliding into its worst period in history. Only a revolution can save it from going into a major spiral from here on.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:08PM

    These targetted killings are works of rival political parties. Both sides are equally guilty. The state machinery must take steps to systematically remove militias under the umbrella of political parties. Parties that use militias or fund these killers must be charged or excluded from our political system.

    Follow the money! These killers were paid. And currently business is good for these guys in Karachi. Not good.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2010 - 8:20PM

    The target killings are strictly unacceptable and the culprits should be caught immediately.

    But there’s one more thing: All small & big shops closed in Karachi. A cobbler, who happens to be a Pashtun, his small shop torn down — I’m witnessed. Sad! Not a good sign for Pakistan which is intensely yearning to progress.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2010 - 8:27PM

    I can hear constant gunshots. Its sad. Nothing seems to be improving. Recommend

  • rabia
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:32PM

    This has to stop…. we are all muslims… after all after death we will have to answer the almighty .. what is wrong with the people.. why cant they just live in peace and harmony…. why do they want us to die thinking we will get shot one day .. anywhere.. !! this is just not right.. Recommend

  • Traffic at PIDC
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:32PM

    Im at PIDC and stuck in traffic for the last 90 minutes. No traffic cops and complete traffic mayhem. Motorcyclists driving on footpaths, rickshaws trying to get in edgeways, pedestrians stranded.Recommend

  • Khadimhussainsubhpoto
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:35PM

    Unfortunately, there is no letup in the recent spate of targeted killings. The carnage and massacre goes unchecked with impunity. Law-enforcement agencies look utterly helpless and clueless as to what to do to curb this ever-increasing wave of targeted killings.

    Our political leaders keep refering the unseen hand without giving any clear indications of where they really see the problem lies. Blame game continues as ever! Both MQM and ANP are at dagger’s drawn. THey are involved in irrational, illogical and never-ending war without realizing the fact that their fighting will not serve any purpose whatsoever and will lead them no where.

    Who should take the initiative to stem such horrific target killings, then? I have firm belief that only effective source to end this target killings is none other than Media. Media is supposed to play its transparent and impartial role to save Karachi from further bloodshed. It must expose these enemies of our country and foil their nefarious designs fearlessly. It is very important for the Media to rise to the occassion to play its bold, candid and courageous role to highlight the satanic plans othe terrorist and extremists.

    I condemn the target killing of Mr. Raza Haider and his gunman and sympathise with MQM. I hope their activists will not get provoked and stay calm. Altaf Bhai is bold and fearless leader. Given his farsightedness, he must appeal to his activists to stay calm and beware of being exploited by the perpetrators of such heinous killings.

    May Allah help us all and show us the right path!Recommend

  • Angelos
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:37PM

    what the hell is wrong with Karachi people? a bomb blast or some one killed and they start burning things. Like no killing or bomb blast takes place elsewhere in Pakistan. All the time, they cry of taliban coming and spreading extremism, what is this? you people are same as Taliban.Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Aug 2, 2010 - 8:40PM

    worst floods in 80 years has not shaken the stone hearted terrorists / extremists to finish what is left of an embattled nation. Now, US & EU aid is pouring in to help the people in the North – perhaps we need US intervention to save the innocent teaming millions in the South from the wrath of the blood thirsty ISI and its co-hortsRecommend

  • cmsarwar
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:00PM

    Has Rahman Malik spoken yet? I hope and pray our beloved President concludes his dialogue with French President and British Prime Minister successfully.I also hope and pray that our President’s father and family are doing well in France.May Allah bless our royal family.Long live Bilawal.Recommend

  • Call in the military
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:12PM

    Please call in the military to take over Karachi and the rest of our flood ridden country.

    The government is completely inept and just not able to respond to crisis. I truly feel an immemse mount of sympathy for all Pakistanis and their families victimized by the senseless violence but please the vast majority of us are non political (less than 40% of us vote because there is nobody we have faith in).

    Please let us get on with our lives and sort your matters out in a boxing ring… The army should just move in and atleast allow me our basic right to live in peace and freedom (for which the father of my nation Mr Jinnah fought so hard for).

    Thank you in advanceRecommend

  • TARIQ HASSAN
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:33PM

    INNALILLAH-E`WAINNA ILAIH-E RAJIUN.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2010 - 9:35PM

    @Tribune please correct the venue to “Bab-ul-Ilm North Nazimabad” some one corrcted me ,,,Recommend

  • discostu
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:35PM

    Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.Recommend

  • Aneesha
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:41PM

    R schools open on 2/8/2010 ?????????Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 2, 2010 - 9:44PM

    Another sad day for Karachiites.

    It seems that people in Karachi is being targeted by the target killers to create law and order situation, so that different factions should come face to face.

    I do not have the latest figures that how many people have been killed as of today since target killing started in Karachi, but I know one thing that none of the target killers have been arrested by the Police as yet?

    How long people of Karachi will have to face this kind of situation? How many more people will die in target killing? Who is responsible to arrest the killers?

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest the soul of Mr. Raza Haider in peace and give strength to the breaved family as well as to the leaders and workers of MQM to bear this irreparable loss of one more human life. Ameen.

    I would also request the people of Karachi not to take law in their own hands and let the Security Agencies to determine as who are the target killers?Recommend

  • Amir
    Aug 2, 2010 - 10:06PM

    Why can not we all agree that theseskillings are a result of a turf war between two rival parties. Why do we have to paint it as an external force, third party, behind this. Till there is someone in political circle bold enough to admit this, this will continue. We are all hostage to this turf war.

    The two party heads need to talk to each other directly and call an end to this. Karachi has already suffered a lot for a long time.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Aug 2, 2010 - 10:26PM

    mad people…Recommend

  • Batool
    Aug 2, 2010 - 10:54PM

    Another bad day in karachi,my husband is still in off coz of traffic n m at home listening 2 d firing shots n my children scared n upset …they want their father 2 reach home as soon as possible !!Recommend

  • Hasan
    Aug 2, 2010 - 10:57PM

    > @abidifactor 2 Innocent watchman shot
    > dead in Gulshan Bungalows
    > Gulestan-e-Juhar Block 19 #karachi

    So this is what we us the latest technology for; to keep a running total of how many innocent we have killed so far? A matter of national shame, if any is left.Recommend

  • A.H. Kath
    Aug 2, 2010 - 11:44PM

    Such a bad day in Karachi.
    May Allah rest the departed Soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude, Aameen.
    We all should stay calm instead of getting violent, which is the core objective of our enemies, the culprits. They want to destroy the peace of Karachi and Karachiites.
    May Allah give us some sense.Recommend

  • Depressed Karachite
    Aug 3, 2010 - 12:07AM

    Unfortunately another sad day for Karachi. Karachi and its people are victimised like always. You guys are talking about target killers. Our police is not even able to catch or even control people firing in front of their lazy eyes. Oh why would they? Who would bribe and mug people late in the night with their huge sacks hanging out of their stomachs.
    And the worst is that when he had military there were thousands who were against the short peaceful phase we had. There you go for all those people who wanted a change in the governments, its so much better than it was before isnt it? We all need to understand whats right for the country and the city. I am sure MQM would be able to handle the situation in a sensible way. The way they normally do and bring an end to these riots and I have no hopes but I am hoping against hope that they are able to bring the culprits in the front.

    Depressed Karachite Recommend

  • arsalan hashmi
    Aug 3, 2010 - 12:14AM

    whats wrong with those killers. my personal opinion is raza haider was a good person. he worked for us i will hoping from the government raza haider killers should not be more alive……………Recommend

  • Salaar
    Aug 3, 2010 - 12:30AM

    Express Tribune, I don’t like this current way our comments are posted. Previous was bolder, and the font was better. Please return to previous way.Recommend

  • Nadia
    Aug 3, 2010 - 5:01AM

    Dear Karachians,
    May Allah almighty keep you all safe from this chaos and brutality, those who already lost their beloved ones in this dirty politics, may Allah give you the strength to face the tragic loss of your beloved ones. Recommend

  • Ibaad
    Aug 3, 2010 - 5:18AM

    This is terrible news, any death is a tragedy, however the news is all the more worse because our city will predictably spiral out of control. Needless, nameless deaths will ensue, an ironic consequence of a “mourning period” for the death of another. Allah help us.

    @ cmsarwar: Sir, we do NOT have a royal family. We aspire to hold some semblance of a democracy, men like you hold us back. Whilst you are free to have any opinion about a political figurehead and his or her family members, i urge you to refrain from publicizing untruths about our system of government. The last thing we need, is for people to start calling the president’s family the royal family. Please remember our Quiad, who denied kingship. Recommend

  • mehdi shahi
    Aug 3, 2010 - 7:22AM

    Mein Kis ke hath pe apna lahoo talash karoon.
    Tamaam shahar ne pehnay hue hen dastane… Please identify the hands of killers… …of SYED RAZA ABBAS MPA SINDH.
    so many leaders and important social workers,docters have been killed, but our police our security agencies failed to apprehend the killers. Recommend

  • mehdi shahi
    Aug 3, 2010 - 7:25AM

    correction
    name is syed raza haider mistake is reggrtdRecommend

  • Faisal
    Aug 3, 2010 - 9:02AM

    Government should not ask for patientce, but should take action against the elements who were disrupting peace in Karachi. In lillah in Ile rajeoonRecommend

  • sharif gilgit naltar
    Aug 3, 2010 - 4:26PM

    The target killing is not only a problem of m q m and a n p.We should think about India and u s a ,the dangerous enemies of Pakistan.i personally request to the government of Pakistan to control over the situation ,other wise it will be hard to control on later . Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 4, 2010 - 12:27AM

    And this murder justifies killing more people in retaliative violence, burning shops and buses. Right?Recommend

  • Irfan
    Aug 4, 2010 - 6:32AM

    **MQM-Altaf can not justify the killing of common Pushtoon/Punjabi(Person and Businesses ) in Karachi by saying that Land Mafia,Drug dealer and Talibanisation is on rise in Karachi. I really find it disturbing that Not even Media OR the readers of this article is condemning MQM-Altaf for this Act of Bloody/coward revenge.

    BTW i am not a Pushtoon or punjabi or even living in pakistan at this time. SHAME ON MQM-ALTAF.Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 4, 2010 - 11:32AM

    The dirty face of MQM is here to be seen by every one. For the sake of one person killed they have killed 65 innocent people so far.Recommend

  • S.S.T
    Aug 4, 2010 - 11:34AM

    1 MPA dies and as a reaction 62 people killed and 150 injured. More than 150 vehicles have been torched. Straight firing on innocent people and trucks / vegetable carts / hotels / rickshaws / taxis burned. Does this equate to the killing of one person? This is horrendous and really shameful for this country and this city. No one can see this wat is goin on. Do these innocent people being killed and their property destroyed, what do they have to do with the MPA’s killing? Where are the law enforcement agencies? We have to wake up…One political party has taken the entire city hostage and using the name of land mafia / drug mafia, not related to any of this in any respect. We have to work this out ourselves, create awareness in the masses !!!!Recommend

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