PML-Q worker gunned down


Express May 09, 2010

KARACHI: A local leader of the Pakistan Muslim League- Quaid (PML-Q) was gunned down in an incident of targeted killing in Korangi.

Korangi SHO Shakir Ali told The Express Tribune that 60-year-old Abdul Razzak was sitting in his shop, Faisal Decoration, when two gunmen approached him and shot him five times. The attackers managed to escape on their motorcycle. Shakir said that Razzak was shot in the upper torso and died at the spot. He has left behind five children.

The police denied Razzak’s affiliation with any political party but Anis Babar, vice president of PML-Q, said that the victim was a senior member of his party. He said that Razzak was the general secretary of a local area. The body of the victim was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy. The police have registered an FIR against unidentified suspects on the complaint of Razzak’s son, Fayyaz.

Investigations are underway, the police added. Target killings have been on the rise in Karachi, said the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan at a press conference just one day earlier. At least 24 members of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement have been killed since the begining of this year. The special powers given to the paramilitary Rangers force were also taken back by the Sindh government.

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