The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Karachi chapter president, Abdul Qadir Patel, has termed the killing of Saqib Boxer as an extra judicial act on the part of the Pakistan Rangers and has demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of extra judicial killings in Lyari.
He was addressing a press conference along with Senator Yousuf Baloch and MPA Javed Nagori at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday. “Saqib was an international boxer who had represented Pakistan globally and earned a name for himself and the country,” said Patel. He alleged that Rangers had also killed Ismail Baba, a footballer from Lyari, about two and half years ago.
According to Patel, Saqib Boxer, a resident of Lyari, was arrested by Rangers, blindfolded and then shot dead on Friday. “We support any move from the law enforcers to restore peace in the city but the extra judicial killing of an international boxer surely can’t help restore peace.” He added that such moves in a democratic government are a conspiracy against democracy too.
Patel said that the Sindh chief minister had openly said on the floor of the assembly that, “Rangers don’t pay heed to my orders”.
He said that Rangers were called to assist police in the city but it looked as if the two institutions had no coordination with each other. Saqib Boxer’s uncle, Ali Nawaz Baloch, who had a presidential award and was an international footballer was also present at the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2013.