Autopsy says MQM worker was tortured

Published: May 6, 2016
Autopsy performed at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre confirms cause of bruises, but does not list cause of death. PHOTO: FILE

Autopsy performed at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre confirms cause of bruises, but does not list cause of death. PHOTO: FILE


Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Aftab Ahmed Hussain, who died in the custody of the paramilitary Rangers on Tuesday, was subject to torture ‘before his death’ with around ‘35 to 40 per cent’ of his body bearing bruises, confirms a post-mortem report.

A 90-minute-long autopsy, performed by senior doctors at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, found multiple bruises on Ahmed’s body of different shapes and sizes which were red and black in colour.

Unacceptable tactics

Hussain, a coordinator for senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar, died two days after he was picked up by the paramilitary force in a raid at his residence in Karachi. While the Rangers attributed his death to cardiac arrest, the MQM claimed Aftab was tortured and demanded an investigation.

Subsequently, the Sindh Rangers and even the army chief, ordered probes to ascertain how he died.

Hussain, aged around 40, was admitted into the JPMC’s emergency ward at 7:55am Tuesday and was pronounced dead just 25 minutes later, the post-mortem report says, suggesting that the body’s condition appeared ‘fresh’ with ‘no signs of decomposition’.

The report further noted that bruises, overlapping each other, were found on his head, chest, arms, buttocks, thighs, legs and feet while the nail on his left foot’s big toe was also damaged.

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These bruises, the report added, caused blood congestions, swelling and loss of skin tissues.

Curiously, the report does not list the actual cause of Hussain’s death but confirms that the torture marks the body bears were definitely inflicted ‘ante-mortem’, that is Hussain suffered them when he was still alive. One of the doctors who conducted the MQM worker’s autopsy said that they will have to carry out a chemical examination report to ascertain the exact cause of his death.   Hussain’s autopsy and its report were formed on May 3, the day he died, but it was only made public a day after army chief General Raheel Sharif ordered a probe into his death.

MQM wants action

Commenting on Hussain’s post-mortem report, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said that the autopsy proves that their party colleague was tortured prior to his death. “Around 3,000 of our workers bear torture marks on their bodies. It is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies to expose such black sheep amongst them and get rid of them,” he told journalists at the Shudaha graveyard.

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The MQM leader demanded action against those officers who were responsible for torturing Hussain, and said that they hope that the army chief would also take notice of the 65 other ‘missing’ party workers who are in the custody of law enforcement agencies but have not been produced in courts.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Yasser
    May 6, 2016 - 9:38AM

    I dedicate Faiz’s immortal poem “Hum Dekhinge” to Aftab Ahmed Shaheed. Its obvious none of the leaders of these so called democratic parties bothers about us Karachiites but one should never lose hope. Recommend

  • May 6, 2016 - 10:57AM

    The RAW agents needs to be dealt with iron hands as done by respectable Rangers. No space for foreign agencies agents in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    May 6, 2016 - 11:13AM

    The Deep-State has Pakistan in a stranglehold. They decide who is patriotic and who is not. They decide the direction the country will go. If you don’t agree, that is just too bad for you.Recommend

  • S.Sabzwari
    May 6, 2016 - 11:14AM

    At least they won’t blame this torture on MQM.Recommend

  • Aisha
    May 6, 2016 - 1:44PM

    @karam: Torture is not acceptable. Furthermoer the US administation will no longer deal with Pakistan if such human rights abuses continue. China is not an all weather friend and a fair weather friend who will not sacrifice their relationship with USA or KSA for us. Its up to us to stop such tactics or face punitive sanctions in future. Recommend

  • Abbas K Siddiqi
    May 6, 2016 - 1:53PM

    Considering the Rangers put a stop to dozens being killed daily in Karachi, I say keep up the job of arresting criminals. Karachi is finally peaceful after 10 years of terror and thousands of target killings. We are with you Pak Rangers.Recommend

  • May 6, 2016 - 2:12PM

    DG Rangers should resign after this, at least. Recommend

  • May 6, 2016 - 2:16PM

    How you blame anyone without any evidence.You don’t have a fear of GOD?

    MQM got 2.5 Million votes and still its vote bank is increasing, so don’t spread such lies which are totally based on hatred stuff. Recommend

  • May 6, 2016 - 2:59PM

    I wonder how many people suffered due to him. You reap what you sow.Recommend

  • Palwasha
    May 6, 2016 - 4:44PM

    Great Job Rangers. I appretiate you saving lots of “to be wasted” trial money. chooto deserve what he earned. Again, Great Job.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    May 6, 2016 - 8:11PM

    @Abbas K Siddiqi

    All actions are justified, and looks good until tragedy hit your doorstep.
    god forbids, if such thing hit your family only then You will be ashamed of your thought process.

    mqm has criminals, like any other party has. But when you dont stop weapons smuggling, i hold you the prime responsible of every ill of the city.

    Rest assured, you reap what you sow!!!! in this case Torture, discrimination, bias, murder, orphan, widow….. wait till it boom rang into yourself.Recommend

    May 7, 2016 - 6:24PM

    @karam: Shame on you for accusing somebody without evidence……..May Allah guide us all….Recommend

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