Manzar Imam was an anti-Taliban crusader: Police

Published: January 20, 2013

Armed men on motorcycles shot dead the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislator in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

For the last three years, slain provincial legislator Manzar Imam had been on the hit-list of militants over his “collaboration” with law enforcement agencies in apprehending Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi members, investigators revealed.

On Thursday, armed men on motorcycles shot dead the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislator, along with his driver and two security guards, in the Orangi Town neighbourhood of Karachi. Investigators told The Express Tribune that in August 2010, Imam had closely coordinated with law-enforcement agencies in arresting the LeJ militants involved in Haider’s assassination – Waseem, aka Waseem Barodi, and Abdullah, aka Taimoor.

They pointed out that Imam had also played a key role in the arrest of five TTP militants allegedly involved in the Ayesha Manzil bomb blast on January 1.

A senior police officer told The Express Tribune that Imam was killed by the Naeem Bukhari group of LeJ, which was also behind Haider’s assassination.

Imam also had a hand in the  arrest of Bukhari’s Sindh chapter chief Hafiz Qasim Rasheed in October last year.

“Bukhari is the TTP’s most powerful weapon in Karachi,” CID SSP Fayyaz Khan told The Express Tribune. “The TTP claims responsibility for whatever Bukhari does.”

When questioned, SSP Khan neither confirmed nor denied Imam’s reported coordination with law enforcers. However, he did concede that Imam had been active against terrorists, especially those from LeJ, in Orangi Town.

FIR lodged

Police have registered an FIR against six unidentified people on the complaint of Mazhar Imam, Imam’s brother.

A nine-member inquiry team has been constituted to probe and arrest the culprits.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2013.

Reader Comments (18)

  • IceSoul
    Jan 20, 2013 - 12:16PM

    A true hero of Pakistan!Recommend

  • xQuisite
    Jan 20, 2013 - 12:52PM

    As per my info, Manzir Imam was right hand man of Imran Farooq.

    Thats why he is killed, so one can know it is not TalibanRecommend

  • abid
    Jan 20, 2013 - 2:00PM

    still no body is arrested perhaps sindh police is hoping for more murders from Taliban ..this is really shameful.

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  • Amer
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:03PM

    I am just hoping we can hear of Imran Farooq’s killers being arrested. That would be the day that justice is really served in the UK. Whoever is behind the killing of Manzar Imam will only be brought to justice if the killers of others in Karachi are brought to justice.

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:15PM

    @xQuisite

    Open your eyes and come out of delusional world of fools before Taliban come to get you.

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  • faisal saleem
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:20PM

    No wonder. salute to the proud Mohajir.

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  • Khan
    Jan 20, 2013 - 4:08PM

    A hero Hats of to him RIP

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  • IZ
    Jan 20, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Crusader may be an unfortunate word to use in this particular case.

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  • Shah
    Jan 20, 2013 - 6:20PM

    MQM should kick LeJ/ASWJ terrorists from it’s areas.

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  • sameer
    Jan 20, 2013 - 6:58PM

    @Shah: they are less terrorist then them?

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 7:33PM

    @xQuisite:
    I also felt thatRecommend

  • LuvPak
    Jan 20, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Another reason for anti-Karachi voces tosupport Taliban.

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  • IRFAN
    Jan 20, 2013 - 8:57PM

    No wonder. salute to the proud Mohajir.

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 9:13PM

    Rest In Peace Shaheed

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  • tausif
    Jan 20, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Manzar Imam was my next door neighbor , his family migrated from East Pakistan where the pakistani army laid down their arms, i remember he was running for his life during 1995 operation against mqm, the pakistani law enforcment agencies tried their best to locate him under the supervision of Nasrullah baber. Manzar Bhai you gave pakistan a lot , Pakistan did not give you anything. They left our 2 lakhs people in Bangladesh , Our peoples are being shot at like birds.

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  • Jan 21, 2013 - 2:19AM

    You would hope other Pakistanis were anti-Taliban as well…but unfortunately it seems like it is only a few brave souls who are against religious extremists and terrorists.

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  • Climp Jones
    Jan 21, 2013 - 9:19AM

    no surprise here. Typical Pakistani politics. Murder, Murder ,Murder and when one is done with all that murdering murder some more

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  • arif abro
    Jan 24, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @sameer:
    hahahah.. well said

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