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.