Targeted operation: MQM target killer confesses, police find no other evidence

Published: October 4, 2013

Police have until Oct 19 to collect enough evidence. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: A Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of a lawyer, confessed to the crime but the police have yet to find any other evidence, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa, a leader of the lawyers’ wing of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Sindh, was shot dead by armed motorcyclists in North Nazimabad on September 26. Later, in the evening of October 1, an urgent press conference was held at Central Police Office where Karachi AIG Shahid Hayat informed the media about the arrest of an MQM worker associated with the party’s unit 178, Syed Kazim Abbas Rizvi. “Rizvi killed Randhawa for taking up the Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar case in court,” Hayat had claimed in the press conference. “He was arrested from Gizri and has confessed to have been involved in over half a dozen cases of target killings.”

Following his arrest, the accused was handed over to North Nazimabad police for further investigations but, since then, the investigators have made little progress. “We are relying on the confessions made by the accused,” investigation officer Inspector Mohammad Naeem admitted while talking to The Express Tribune. “We have yet to recover the pistol used in the assassination, find witnesses and other forensic evidence.”

The officer was of the opinion that Rizvi will most likely be released, much like the former MQM MPA Nadeem Hashmi, who was arrested earlier in September. “The court can release him [Rizvi] if we fail to gather proper evidence against him.” The accused is in police remand till October 19 and the law enforcers are trying to their level best to gather evidences against him before producing him in court.

According to the police, the accused revealed his involvement in over half a dozen cases of target killings. “We have only booked him in the murder case of Randhawa, not in any other murder,” said Naeem.

Picked up before

Meanwhile, the alleged target killer’s family and neighbours claimed that Rizvi was picked up by the Rangers in July also, the family said, adding that he was later handed over to Sharae Noor Jehan police, which booked him under murder, police encounter and possession of illegal weapon. “In the murder and illegal weapon possession case, he was acquitted by the court for want of evident,” said Rizvi’s uncle, Sohail Abbas. “Only the police encounter case is pending.”

When Rizvi was arrested again on September 27, the family thought he was being arrested for the same issue. The police assured the family that he will be released after an inquiry.

On the other hand, Inspector Raja Ulfat of Sharae Noor Jahan police station, who was investigating the cases registered against Rizvi, said that the weapon recovered from his possession was a .32 bore revolver. “This revolver is owned by Rizvi’s father and it has a licence,” said Ulfat. “I have never heard of anyone using this kind of a weapon in target killing, which gives him another chance to be released.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2013.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Dani
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:14AM

    The Target Killer confess where?
    Inside Police torture Cell?
    Where is murder weapon? if he confesses for murder why not giving murder weapon?
    Read the news and laugh, IO said only a licensed Revolver of his father was recovered from him then why a case of illegal arms against him?
    Shahid Hyat in his press conference said They also recovered Murder weapon, where it is ?
    Everyone knows all this is political drama and nothing else Police will be exposed soon as much they speak the more they will get exposed.

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  • hammad
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:05PM

    a big slap on shahid hayat, again proves that MQM doesn’t raise voice unnecessarily

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  • Karachiite
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:17PM

    No muk-muka please

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  • Sanober
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Shame on LEA. Now it is clear that this operation is against one political party by PPP govt.Recommend

  • Asad K Shaikh
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:08PM

    People should support Shahid Hayat if they want peace in Karachi.

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  • Citizen Kane
    Oct 4, 2013 - 11:38PM

    It’s amusing to see MQM supporters act surprised when someone says that hardened target killers, extortionists and torturers exist in the MQM.

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  • Danish
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:39AM

    @Citizen Kane, do you know a bit a Liyari, kati pahari? did you get a chance to watch the videos of men being beheaded by aliens that Police never seems to have caught? talk realistic.
    @Asad K Shaikh, your statement clearly depicts your belonging.

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  • syed
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:45AM

    @Asad K Shaikh: Supereme court has already said police department don,t have anyone else that this shahid hyat low level person was promoted as aig as he was already came out after murteza murder that he is an inefficient and involved in politics when 4 best police officer of higher ranks and credibility is waiting for this post….. so this the background of this police person.. what u can expect from him… hahaha

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  • Adnan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 1:48PM

    MQM babies crying LOLRecommend

  • Danish
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:52PM

    and BTW, where does the speed come from when it comes to raiding MQM offices and finding target killers? in just 2 hours of a murder, they find the killer!! why doesn’t this speed work in Liyari? are they scared of a CHEEL they welcomes them?

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  • sameer
    Oct 6, 2013 - 4:00PM

    ET u should publish thih news earlier , now they have evidence against him as one witness identifies him

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