MQM MPA killed in Karachi

Published: January 17, 2013

Imam was earlier attacked as well, after which he limited his movement in the city. PHOTO: PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Syed Manzar Imam was killed by six unidentified gunmen in the Orangi Town area of Karachi on Thursday, reported Express News.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing, Dawn.com reported.

According to initial reports, Imam was leaving his house when he was attacked by gunmen on three motorcycles. Imam was shot eight times and succumbed to his injuries while on his way to the hospital.

Three guards accompanying Imam were also injured in the incident.

“A member of the Sindh provincial assembly was killed with three of his guards when gunmen on two motorcycles intercepted his car in Orangi neighbourhood and shot them with automatic weapons,” police spokesman Imran Shaukat told AFP.

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi condemned the killing along with other political leaders.

Tensions rose in Karachi immediately after Thursday’s shooting. Many markets closed and people rushed home to avoid any potential violent backlash.

Imam was earlier attacked as well, after which he limited his movement in the city and increased security arrangements.

Announcing three days of mourning, MQM Coordination Committee asked its supporters to remain peaceful.

The Private School Association also announced that schools will remain closed tomorrow.

In August 2010, MQM MPA Raza Haider from the same Orangi Town constituency was shot in the Nazimabad area of Karachi – an incident which sparked violence across the city taking lives of 11 people and wounding 35 in one day.

Raza Haider was targeted after he attended a funeral in a mosque. He was injured as a result of the shooting and succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.

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Reader Comments (62)

  • ali
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:30PM

    allah reham karay…

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  • Jan 17, 2013 - 3:31PM

    RIP

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  • Zeenia
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:32PM

    And then they say what shia genocide.

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  • salman
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:33PM

    May he Rest In Peace .. LJ, SSP and Talibani gangs are now stronger than ever. 2nd MPA lost by MQM to terrorists

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  • Concerned Pakistani
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:35PM

    God Bless our country!

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  • omair shahid
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:41PM

    now the whole city will closed down

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  • FP
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:44PM

    Tommorrow will be strike in Karachi

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  • Maher
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Chalo firing, burning and a strike/ so called day of mourning will be called tomorrowRecommend

  • Ammar
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:45PM

    And now starts the killing spree by “unknown” terrorists

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  • Ammar
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Why no one asks Punjab Govt about incompetence rather electoral alliance with LeJ, SSP etc…

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  • Pessimistic Pakistani
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:48PM

    Zeenia, this is part of Shia genocide. The MPA was vocal against anti-Shia violence and was a strong presence at the Shia sit-ins recently. He has allegedly been shot dead by LeJ who also claimed responsibility for the Hazara killings.

    For perspective, Pakistan has now at Stage 7 of Genocide Watch. 4000 Shias have been killed over the last 4-5 years. And those are just the documented killings. We’ve seen Shias doctors and lawyers and others being killed over the last 15 years.

    When people are sought out and targetted for murder solely for their faith and when there is a propaganda campaign against them at the same time, that my friend is a genocide.

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  • Jawad
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:49PM

    This is Shia genocide once again.

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  • Ash
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Inallilah Wo Ina ellahi Rejeon!

    He was a great humble person and May Allah destroy the perpetrators behind this attack! God bless Shia Community, God bless MQM!!

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  • Hairaan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @Zeenia:
    I thought he was a Muslim!!!

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  • D@ny
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:54PM

    May he rest in peace… Interesting fact is how the 3 guards were only injured and he died?

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  • Hina Rashdi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:55PM

    May Allah Taa’la give sabr to his family in this difficult time. And may He have mercy on this country. Ameen.

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  • anon
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:57PM

    @omair shahid:
    and half of it burnt down

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  • Anserali Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:58PM

    This madness and killings in country has to stop.This is insane

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  • Zahra
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:02PM

    This means Karachi will be on fire again. Lovely

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  • SD
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:06PM

    abb yeh kasar reha gai thi….. Karachi shut down for another week… Huh!!!

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  • salman
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:06PM

    @ Zeenia , we only realize when it hits us personally , Ahmedis were treated and threatened the same way over decades. Every sect decided to stay quiet and they never protested against the excessive treatment by state . Shias are going through the similar phase , once done with shias next will be barelvis and sufis in line.

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  • Sufi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:12PM

    Sectarian Organizations target a person when he is also involved in some sectarian activity…….

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  • Ahmed Arbaaz
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:16PM

    May allah bless him.My area is also closed by this.

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  • khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:19PM

    may Allah SWT guide people out of the political abyss.
    they waste their precious lives, leave their families in a helpless situation for people who are having a gala time in london.

    Same goes for all other parties.

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  • kHaN
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:20PM

    May God protect innocent Karachiites and their properties.

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  • Random Passerby
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:22PM

    @Zeenia: Syed Manzar Imam is not a Shia.

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  • Jan 17, 2013 - 4:26PM

    My heart bleeds on the incidents of murdering innocent people.All my sympathy and prayers are with the family of Syed Manzar Imamam Shaheed. May Allah receive the departed soul in His infinite mercy and rest it in eternal peace. Ameen.

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  • Fahmida Shakeel
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:29PM

    God bless our country

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  • Ali
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:30PM

    I am sure the Rangers and Police will dissappeared immediately as usual. The people returing from offices and businesses will be left on the mercy of ” unknown” terrorists who are actually very well known. Those who earned bread and butter for their family on daily basis will return to homes with empty hands. No one cares for them. This is the fate of Karachiites, the same routine being exercised since many years and people are now so habitual to face such incidents.Actually Karachhites opted for Linguistics based Politics and Now they are reaping the fruits of it,They should have think long before when they were promoting and backing up the politics of hatred. You only get nothing more than what you have been planning and working for. Elect better and honest people in Next elections instead of going for nationalism based politics.Better Luck in next elections.

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  • Baba Ji
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:46PM

    Inna Lillah …..

    here we go again …

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  • D@ny
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Very sad indeed, may he rest in peace and may god have mercy to him and all of us.Something seems fishy tho, all of his guards survived and he couldn’t.

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  • navid
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Where is Rana Sanaullah now?

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:09PM

    May Allah grant him high ranks in jannah, ameen.

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  • Asghar
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:16PM

    @D@ny:

    This speaks much about the reality behind this story.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:30PM

    Once again a Member of Sindh Assembly gunned down, but no body will care as there is no value of human life in Pakistan.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family members to bear the irrepareable loss of human life. Ameen.

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  • maryum
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Everyone knows who kill him. i want to tell the name but i know the admin will not approve my comments as they usually do. but i want share one the yesterday someone in malir (hasan) killed as he was leading malir protest after quetta incident and manzar imam was also leading nazimabad protest so i am thinking who is next ?

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  • Humble Pie
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:59PM

    @Pessimistic Pakistani @salman:

    I think Zeenia was sarcastic there.

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  • Aurangzaib
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:04PM

    don’t forget we are under threat by the external forces. iraq demolished by exploiting SHIA suni conflicts then labia, Then Egypt and Sariya now last target is Pakistan………now we must be united rather than blaming on sects…..

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  • Aurangzaib
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:10PM

    MAY ALLAH BLESS HIS FAMILY

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  • Hasan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @Sufi: do you mean to say that all 4000 Shias who have been killed over the last 4-5 years were involved in some sectarian activities?? you can’t be serious..!!!

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  • salman
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @ Dany .. 3 Guards were killed along with Shaheed MPA please do not try and turn this into a conspiracy theory

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  • no name
    Jan 17, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Where is the Law and Order? Allah help us. Qadri and his amazing supporters have come at the right time to make the change Pakistan requires. RIP. My heart bleeds when I see a young man with such promise like this man die.

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  • unbiased
    Jan 17, 2013 - 7:16PM

    @Hairaan:
    and dont u consider shia, muslim?

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 7:19PM

    @Aurangzaib:

    No one is blaming on sect, it is an insult to sunnis to call these animals from LEJ/sipah-e-sahaba/taliban a sunni, infact it is insult to animals to call these devils as animals. They are not going to spare anyone, we all need to unite and pressurize our agencies to stop supporting them and destroy them completely. This is the only way we can make sure that nothing sort of Iraq happens in Pakistan.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @Sufi:

    Blockquote

    Very very wrong and insensitive to those who lost their lives sufi sahab. The devils from LEJ target anyone who happened to be shia, I know countless people who were not involve in even healthy activism of any kind.

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  • Tanzeel
    Jan 17, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Shuda Qabristan? So you mean to say MQM has a separate dedicated graveyard for all its workers who are killed for the cause? And you call them terrorists?

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @Aurangzaib:
    Nobody is blaming on sects. It is an insult to a sunni to call these animals for LEJ/taliban/sipah-e-sahaba as sunni, infact it is an insult to an animal to call these devils and followers of abu jahel as animals. They are not going to spare anyone, and we must stop them and pressurize our agencies to stop supporting them and destroy them completely for everyone’s and country’s security.

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  • Jan 17, 2013 - 8:30PM

    MAY ALLAH BLESS HIS FAMILY #ShaheedManzarImam

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:42PM

    @Sufi:
    Really ! What about the innocent Hazara, the worshippers at various Imambargahs, funerals, and hospitals that were bombed? Were they all sectarian? And in Syed Manzar Imam’s case, was his ‘sectarian’ activity merely sympathizing with the victims and mourning with them? Shame on you, LeJ, and its sympathizers. We, the Pakistanis of all faiths and maslaks, condemn this killing and all targetted killings and demand swift, exemplary, and strict action against the perpetrators and their sympathizers. They need to be wiped out.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:58PM

    and i want to tell people here that this fellow has been very active in making sure the arrangements of Tableeghi Jamat annual ijtimas in Orangi Town…..so please we all are muslims and every muslim life is previous be it Shia or Sunni…..please try to understand who want you to kill each other…..its time to show unity

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  • Irtiza
    Jan 17, 2013 - 9:09PM

    not as much trouble as it gave us! i couldnt find public transport,my dad was out of the city and my mom was freaking out! its tragic a person is killed but do the supporters wanna unleash their rage on their own people? damage personal property? what is that gonna get us?
    i think pakistan is not meant for democracy.protesting should be banned.weve experimented again and again and violence seems to be in the blood….
    rip to this fellow.

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  • Tilsim
    Jan 17, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Syed Manzar Imam. R.i.p. You were not Shia but represented those Pakistanis who are at one with their fellow Pakistanis, above sectarian considerations. You died for raising you voice against terror and the wholesale Qatal-i-aam that is going on around us, including that of Shia Pakistanis.

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  • J Effendi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 9:32PM

    An ordinary MPA from PPP or any other ruling dynasty party, feudals are seen daily in their bullet proof Suvs roaming around dha and.Clifton with their militias and tonnes of police. Its only when you see how basic an MPA from MQM spends his life, you realize the difference between people from grassroot levels have been brought in the assemblies. You only see an MQM minister in an old 2005 government white corollary without illegal tints.he had a curtain, which is legally acceptable.moreover,his background and living standards are far below the common19grade government official.
    This is empowerment of the middle class grassroot level that threatens to shake the earth under ruling elites’ feet.
    Rest in Peace.
    Stay safe the rest of you.

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  • Haque Ki Awaz
    Jan 17, 2013 - 9:55PM

    It is the duty of Government authorities to protect the lives of their citizens but they are not taking these murders seriously. What they are waiting for? Why They do not capture the culprits perpetrating this shia genocide? They have seen the reaction of Quetta incident but they have closed their eyes and ears. Why they are compelling shias to raise and to go to the point of no return!!!

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  • PakSurzameen
    Jan 17, 2013 - 11:02PM

    @Sufi: Who makes them judges? Please discontinue your support of the sectarians like LEJ/taliban/sipah-e-sahaba. They are threat to all who declare anyone Kafir and Wajib-ul-Qatl with the blink of an eye.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 17, 2013 - 11:20PM

    all peace loving people must condemn this blatant and cowardly murder of an elected leader. The lack of respect for elected leaders says a lot about the future of Pakistan. Most secular and Shia leaders of “all” political parties are targeted by the extremist terrorists and there is no ending. May God bless his soul and RIP.

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  • Jan 17, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Mr. Imam was the second leader killed within a month by the TTP terrorists. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of MQM leader Syed Manzar Imam and four of his police guards who were also killed in this blatant attack. The terrorists without any remorse take responsibility of these heinous crimes. Their main goal is to destabilize the government and spread fear and chaos. We support the government of Pakistan in its effort to rid the region of all terrorist activities. The people of the region have suffered enough, and now is the time to neutralize all terrorists once and for all.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • D@ny
    Jan 18, 2013 - 1:27AM

    @salman

    Well that was my thought when I saw the news first, but as it developed we found out that some of the guards were also killed, so i guess my bad then….

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  • Ali
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:24AM

    RIP…
    Its always tit for tat …Killers destiny is almost n mostly same !!
    ALLAH Save us from Hypocrates !!

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  • Liberal
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:35AM

    Stop Shia persecution in Pakistan.

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  • Aysha
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:38AM

    An MP gets killed and ET could not keep the news item on the main page for 24 hours, very unfortunate

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:43AM

    @Adnan:
    Minor correction: we are all PAKISTANIs. Some of us are not Muslims but are equally deserving of mutual respect, dignity, and state protection. Slogans like this (“We are all Muslims”) are part of the problem.

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