KARACHI: Syed Ali Raza Abidi's guard was taken into custody on Wednesday to investigate the former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) MNA’s assassination, Express News reported.
Officials revealed that the guard was deployed outside Abidi's house in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority (DHA) neighbourhood. The police are investigating whether the incident was an outcome of a personal dispute or a political or religious falling-out, SSP South Pir Mohammad Shah said.
Former lawmaker Abidi was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Tuesday night. Armed motorcycle riders opened fire on his vehicle outside his residence at Khayaban-e-Ghazi in DHA Phase-V, SSP Shah added.
Former MQM MNA Ali Raza Abidi gunned down in Karachi
Police have thrown a cordon around the area and launched a search operation to arrest the culprits. Forensic experts and other investigation agencies also arrived at the scene to collect evidence.
A CCTV footage later revealed that two armed motorcycle riders intercepted Abidi’s car near his residence. The 46-year-old entrepreneur-turned-politician was shot at point-blank range.
Taking notice of the deadly attack, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Inspector General Police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam to submit a report at the earliest. The DIG South was then ordered to submit a detailed inquiry report into the incident.