Target killers were controlled from London, MQM commander confesses

Saeed alias Bharam was arrested in Dubai in March

Our Correspondent October 03, 2016
Saeed alias Bharam was arrested in Dubai in March. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: An alleged militant commander belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) reportedly confessed on Monday before a judicial magistrate that the party's 'target killing teams' were controlled from London.

Saeed alias Bharam recorded his statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the South district judicial magistrate in the murder case of a Muhajir Qaumi Movement - Haqiqi activist Abrar Hussain.

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According to an official present during the proceedings, Saeed said that Hussain was killed by assailants of the target killing team he commanded from Dubai and South Africa.

He said that the orders to eliminate political rivals and even their own comrades over suspicion of betrayal came from Muhammad Anwar, a London-based leader of the MQM, the official informed.

Anwar directed Saeed to form a target killing team of his own by inducting his trusted companions in 2004, the official quoted him saying, adding that this team not only executed people on a 'hit list' but also 'collected' finances for the party from businessmen, real estate developers and other professionals.

Confessing to crimes dating back to more than two decades, Saeed said that he took part in the 1995 attack on a police office in Garden and in the 1997 bomb attacks and violence across the city, the official said further.

Saeed was reportedly arrested in Dubai in March this year and later extradited to Pakistan.

The magistrate, after recording the statement, sealed the report to send it to the court trying Saeed for the MQM-H activist's murder.

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Apart from these charges, Saeed faces a number of other cases, including the killing of deputy jail superintendent Amanullah Khan Niazi in 2006. He has remained in prison earlier for the murder of four American nationals and their Pakistani driver in 1997.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.


Acorn Guts | 7 years ago | Reply Funny how we don't hear much about the South African wing of MQM .. don't even know who runs it.
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