MQM lawmaker Tahira Asif passes away

Published: June 20, 2014
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Medics said Tahira received one bullet in her abdomen, which affected her intestines while the other pierced through her left leg, beneath the waist and had affected the main blood vessel. PHOTO: FILE

Medics said Tahira received one bullet in her abdomen, which affected her intestines while the other pierced through her left leg, beneath the waist and had affected the main blood vessel. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker Tahira Asif, who was shot and injured while resisting an apparent robbery attempt in the Iqbal Town neighbourhood on Wednesday, passed away early on Friday morning, Express News reported.

Shot four times, Asif was on ventilator since Wednesday and doctors administered over 100 blood bags.

She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter.

A number of MQM activists have gathered outside the Sheikh Zayed hospital in Lahore, where Asif was being treated, and chanted slogans against the Punjab government.

Just hours before she was pronounced dead, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had issued an appeal where he said that Asif’s condition was critical and urged workers to donate blood for her.

Her funeral prayers will be offered in Federal Colony after the Friday prayers.

Arrest Asif’s killers within 3 days: Altaf

Terming the murder of MQM MNA Tahira Asif an act of target killing, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain demanded that the government should arrest the killers of Asif within three days.

In a statement released by the MQM, Altaf said that if Asif’s killers were not arrested within three days, people will begin to wonder whether the government itself was involved in the murder.

Paying tribute to her courage and commitment to the truth, Altaf revealed that Asif had threats from religious extremists. He added that despite informing the local police and administration about the situation, she was not provided adequate security.

3 days of peaceful mourning

MQM Rabita Committee’s deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui told the media that Asif had passed away. He demanded that the Punjab police to trace and arrest the killers.

“Such acts will not stop us nor scare us. We pray for her soul.”

The MQM also announced three days of peaceful mourning over the incident but said that business and transport services will continue as per their normal routine.

Shot four times

MNA Tahira was buying fruits from a stall on the main Hafeez Taib Road in Lahore on Wednesday when two armed men riding a motorcycle held her up at gunpoint and asked her to hand over her mobile phone and clutch, which contained important documents and cash.

According to the police, Tahira refused to hand over the valuables, raised alarm and tried to grab one of the robbers. Upon this, the gunmen shot her before fleeing the scene.

The MNA was accompanied by her daughter and driver, who immediately drove her to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital, where she was rushed into the operation theatre.

Medics said Tahira received one bullet in her abdomen, which affected her intestines while the other pierced through her left leg, beneath the waist and had affected the main blood vessel.

They said 27 blood bags were administered to the victim and the bullets were taken out from her body after the surgery. Later she was shifted to the ICU where her condition was said to be critical.

Iqbal Town SP Dr Farrukh Raza told The Express Tribune that the FIR of the incident was not lodged as yet as the victim’s family had not moved any application to the police station.

“Tahira’s husband Muhammad Asif was contacted by the police but he refused to file a complaint as he was busy with his wife’s operation,” SP Raza said, adding that the FIR will be lodged as soon as a complaint was filed with them by the family.

Politicians offer condolences for Tahira Asif

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Tragic
    Jun 20, 2014 - 12:45AM

    I am feeling very sad. May her soul rest in peace and may Allah expose the culprits and bring them to justice.

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  • Mohajirs
    Jun 20, 2014 - 12:49AM

    Zindabad Asif.

    Zindabad MQM.

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  • immortal_soloist
    Jun 20, 2014 - 12:54AM

    InnalillahiWainnailahiRajoun.

    Rest In Peace.

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  • jk
    Jun 20, 2014 - 1:01AM

    It is indeed a very sad news.May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Calypso
    Jun 20, 2014 - 1:09AM

    “According to the police, Tahira refused to hand over the valuables, raised alarm and tried to grab one of the robbers. Upon this, the gunmen shot her before fleeing the scene”

    Sad incident. My heart goes out to the family of the victim. Just wondering were the valuables more important than her life? I mean resisting in such scenarios is not an act of bravery it simply means you are bringing it on to yourself. Life is precious of all, after all… Bless her soul!

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  • mrs ahmed
    Jun 20, 2014 - 1:36AM

    INNA LLILLAH WA INNA ILAIHE RAJAY OON , rest in peace , you gave your life for liberal pakistan , for modern moderate pakistan , cleansed from all kind of extremism ,religious prejudicse , you died for pakistan where word minority is abolished and all pakistanis are equal, you died for pakistan where there is gender equality , where equal opportunities for education and progress , and much much more brave women rest in peace , may your blood brings a turn around for which you were struggling..May your family and party bear the loss with grace and magnanimity , may ALLAH bring solace to all who grieve for you , and i am one of them , because i also aspire your ideals

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  • shah
    Jun 20, 2014 - 1:53AM

    Very sad news. But this would be a reminder to those sitting in parliament what ordinary people of Pakistan are going through. If you dont implement the writ of the state and the killers will be let free then one day it will be your turn too. May Allah bless her soul.

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  • Saleem
    Jun 20, 2014 - 1:56AM

    Another victim of ‘good governance’

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  • Jibran
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:00AM

    Scores of Gulloo Butts are operating in Lahore.Recommend

  • ahsan mehmood
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:16AM

    When punjab police has become military wing of pml n to carry out nefarious plans this is bound to happen…RIP

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  • Umar
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:20AM

    Is it not the responsibility of state to register FIR for a heinous crime like murder ? Will the police wait for the family to file application so that they can start investigation ? Such a sorry state of my country :(

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 20, 2014 - 3:01AM

    May Allah SWT forgive her and increase her rank and bless her with Jannah. The govt. is helpless herself and entangled in non issues never mind the real issues such as ever increasing extremism and hostility in the nation, the power crises, the bad governance and so on and so forth.

    Sadly her killers won’t be caught :( I’ll make dua that they get punished but as I Pakistani I know nothing is gonna happen.

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  • Kala_bacha
    Jun 20, 2014 - 4:14AM

    Inna lillahi wa innna ilahee rajioon.

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  • Necromancer
    Jun 20, 2014 - 9:15AM

    RIP Tahira Asif………………….All of Pakistan’s mourns your deathRecommend

  • Umar
    Jun 20, 2014 - 9:25AM

    @Saleem: Its very sad that she died – but imagine how innocent people are murdered every day in Karachi but nobody bothers

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  • goldconsumer
    Jun 20, 2014 - 9:33AM

    @Calypso:
    That, is according to “police”…
    Punjab Police to be specific. No further comments..

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 20, 2014 - 10:01AM

    Over this tragic incident MQM should appeal for shutdown of business and transport in Lahore and Gujranwala. RIP also the thousands of innocent people butchered and found in gunny bags in Karachi since 1986

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 20, 2014 - 10:29AM

    @Timorlane: You are among the sick minded people found in abundance in Pakistan and thats why we have never been able to make Pakistan a single nation. May Allah give you hidayat and guide you not to be judgemental.

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 20, 2014 - 10:30AM

    Inna lillahi wainna ilayehi rajijo’on!

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  • Mishrab
    Jun 20, 2014 - 11:24AM

    @Timorlane: Bias and sick minded.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:08PM

    @Timorlane:
    I am ashamed of your comment. But you are not.

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:34PM

    @Mishrab: Sick minded are the criminals who have been torturing, killing and stuffing dead bodies of their opponents in gunny bags, making people starve by forcing shutdowns, those who have always been allied to waderas and howl that they are struggling against feudalism, they are the sick minded and their supporters like you

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:38PM

    @Pakistani: and you are not ashamed of the thousands of the people tortured and killed by the Mafia that makes poor people starve by forcing unending shutdowns, and you are not ashamed of the hypocrites who have never in 30 years staged a single dharnas / rally / shutdown against Karachi Circular Railway revival blockage by wadera corruption party, against quota system, against loot of Karachi by their allies wadera corruption party, you should be ashamed of yourself if you are not ashsmed of all that

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 20, 2014 - 2:41PM

    @Urban Legend: Talking about single nation then have you ever kept your city / locality shutdown in any of the numerous carnage taken place in Karachi ??? ALLAH has given me the soul pray for not just one MNA but for also the thousands of the innocent butchered and killed in Karachi since 1986. Hypocrites like you have destroyed this country with your myopic piety

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  • usman
    Jun 20, 2014 - 4:26PM

    timore lanes of pakistan killed tahira. Rip

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 20, 2014 - 5:59PM

    @usman: and who killed thousands of people in Karachi ? who always ally with feudals while denouncing feudalism ? and who never staged a dharna / strike / rally against wadera corruption party’s loot and destruction of Karachi ?

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  • Jun 21, 2014 - 7:33AM

    @Timorlane:
    You should get mental help. there are medications
    that can help you. Keep you under control, People like
    you are dangerous. Should be kept under watch in a
    mental institution. Danger to society.

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 21, 2014 - 11:54AM

    @Khushab wala.: Look at the number of recommendations I got. Which shows this nation’s majority is still against the criminals and their supporters like you. You need spiritual and moral help which unfortunately can not be provided even in a mental hospital thus you are a hopeless case and a curse for this society torn by your favorite criminals gangs

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 21, 2014 - 5:22PM

    Sad to the depths of my heart. May ALLAH elevate her soul to a higher place in jannah and give her family, MQM and us to bear this loss.
    INSHA ALLAH blood of this innocent lady, among thousands others, will not go to waste.

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 21, 2014 - 10:44PM

    @Timorlane: You are biased and you are showing extreme prejudice. STOP BEING JUDGEMENTAL PLS!

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 21, 2014 - 10:49PM

    @Timorlane: If support of majority reflects you comment was correct, then you must know that majority is never and nowhere considered to the thinkers. Majority in any nation are followers, blind followers. But pls, seek some medical help for your mental sickness.

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