Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

Published: March 19, 2015
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Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza

Just hours before his execution, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) convicted worker Saulat Mirza alleged in a supposed video confession that he killed former KESC Director Shahid Hamid on the directives of party chief Altaf Hussain.

According to video released by a private television channel late on Wednesday, Mirza alleged that he received the order for the ‘hit’ from Altaf at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence.

Mirza revealed that orders were given on telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri.

He further alleged that people whom the party wanted to save from police torture are provided protection in police stations through Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan. Even during the PPP’s government, he was facilitated in jail and allowed to meet family members in separate rooms.

In the video, shot apparently on death row in Mach Jail, shows Mirza claiming that Altaf would not let anyone to rise in the party, adding that the MQM chief ordered the murder of Azeem Tariq when he started rising within the party ranks. Similarly, when former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal started getting popular among masses, he was disgracefully thrown out of the party.

Mirza in his video message appealed to the co-party workers to take heed from his fate, of how he was used and then later discarded like ‘used tissue paper’.

The death row convict said earlier he was afraid for the safety of his family.

Saulat said he was not appealing to commute his sentence, but was asking to delay it.

Altaf Hussain refutes allegations

MQM chief Altaf Hussain refuted allegations made by Saulat Mirza in his supposed confessional video, terming them as lies. He further claimed that the confessional video of Saulat Mirza had been released by ‘agencies’.

“I have never met Saulat Mirza and have never spoken to him,” said Altaf in a television interview, adding that it was the first time that he had seen a video of a convicted death row inmate being released.

Meanwhile MQM leader Babar Ghauri denied the allegations levelled by Mirza against him, saying that he never ordered Saulat to kill anyone on the instructions of Altaf Hussain.

Saulat Mirza’s execution stayed

In dramatic turn of events, just minutes after his ‘confessional’ video was broadcast, his execution was stayed for 72 hours, Express News reported.

The decision was reportedly taken by the President on the request of Interior Ministry.

Sources in the Presidency told The Express Tribune that the President was likely to stay Mirza’s execution who was scheduled to be hanged at the Mach Jail on Thursday morning.

“It is likely that Mirza’s execution is delayed for another 72 hours”, the official said. He added that the Presidential orders to stay Mirza’s execution had been sent to Mach jail authorities through the Balochistan home department.

However, jail officials say they have yet to receive orders to halt the execution.

Some though wanted to know whether the video was manipulated

Members of MQM said they wanted to see confession videos of others hanged

Sindh governor rejects Mirza’s allegations

The Sindh Governor in a statement early on Thrusday said that the Sindh government has never provided protection to any criminal as he rejected all allegations levelled by Mirza.

A spokesperson for the Governor Sindh said that no matter which party was the criminal affiliated with, they never provided protection.

Terming the Mirza’s revelations crucial, Interior Ministry said they need time to investigate his allegations.

MQM terms Mirza’s ‘confession’ a conspiracy

Later, the MQM’s Rabita Committee rejected allegations levelled by Saulat Mirza.

According to a statement released by the party early on Thursday, the Rabita Committee said that this was part of a ‘media trial’ of the MQM.

They claimed that being on death row, Mirza was under great mental stress. In such a situation, he was enticed with the promise of a delay in his execution to read out a pre-determined statement against the MQM, as was plain from his video. They added that the purpose of the video was to defame the party.

The Rabita committee further said it was unprecedented that a video message of a prisoner in death cell had been recorded an aired. They added that once the death warrants are issued for a prisoner, they are not allowed to meet any one, save their their family members one last time.

Contesting the legality of conducting such recordings, MQM rabita committee members asked that if this practice is precedented and in public interest, why were not similar ‘confessions’ of those terrorists who attacked the GHQ and former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf recorded and aired?

They added that this was a conspiracy against the party which will not succeed.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • asad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:13AM

    MQM is a cure to this nation. They were here way before the Taliban even existed.Recommend

  • Paktistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:13AM

    whats new in this he said same in the eariler video.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:14AM

    Spicy plot for a new Bollywood movie B)
    In all reality, I pity the poor fellow.
    MQM must be finished at all costs.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:15AM

    So, Apparently establishment is on the move again. It seemed quite fair and square in the beginning. But, i guess it’s too much now. It looks scripted and dramatized and raises all sort of questions regarding this operation. Establishment must not have a political agenda and should not interfere in political affairs.Recommend

  • anaynmous
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:16AM

    A man about to die wont lie!Recommend

  • Salim
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:29AM

    Without proper investigation, a confession by a man desperate to escape death sentence should not be treated as conclusive. MQM Haters should see the timing of this.Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:31AM

    For MQM its begining of the end. Raheel Shareef is on mission to eliminate all kind of terrorism from Pakistan. Salute.Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:33AM

    Do what Egyptians are doing. No mercy at all. This Mirza, his bosses Ghauri, Governor Ishrat, and Altaf Hussain all must go. Had enough of this Karachi mafia.
    No mercy, no appeals, just military summary trials and that is it. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:33AM

    Since when do death row prisoners get air a confessional hours before death on national television. If this isnt victimization than what is?

    Indeed MQM is justified in its position when they claim being victimized and being malign by agencies thru a media trial.

    and the irony here is that Mirza’s execution was stayed just minutes after his scripted statement. Plotted? Definitely. Recommend

  • Mustehsin.shahab
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:36AM

    This is high time to act swiftly for Peace in Karachi.Baber Ghourie should be interrogated in the light of Saulat’s Statement.If necessary Saulat’s Hanging should be suspended for more Time To bring the all facts Into record.Then every thing will become Crystle Clear.
    Anybody who found Guilty must be punished through speedy Trail.This is Golden Occasion to bring peace in Karachi.Recommend

  • Adil Zulfiqar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:36AM

    His wife was so confident that Saulat is not going to be executed tomorrow morning… If Saulat is really repenting he has to say all this in front of Mil-courtsRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:37AM

    Stupid people behind this drama should know that such confessional statements always backfire.Recommend

  • AMR
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:38AM

    Verily he is truthful. Gov. please don’t take his words for granted. Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:38AM

    Why am i not surprised. Right after he made the confession, his execution is also now heard to have been postponed. Its a deal struck by the govt. I have never seen any other convict talking on TV and making confessions. Why this privilege to MQM?Recommend

  • SHN
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:41AM

    MQM’s dirty laundry is finally out in the open lol.. although nobody in Pakistan politics is an angel.. Recommend

  • Sattar Rind
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:42AM

    who is knowing not about this all what mirza has said in his interiew. every one know that MQM is involved in killing in Karachi … chairman of MQM has also been killed by Altaf’s order. so the Dr. imran Farooq in London… …Recommend

  • Dr. Khalid
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:44AM

    Pakistan is going to see a change for good InShaAllah! It’s time for all killers( big and small) to be brought to justice! I hope COAS stays committed to root out and wipeout all mafia heads. Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:59AM

    In the light of recent statements by Saulat Mirza I appeal to President of Pakistan to stay/delay his death sentence of time being. His case is far more important then Shafqat Hussain’s case( in which Shafqat kidnapped & killed 7 yr old child & asked ransom from his parents).

    Saulat Mirza’s statement should be properly investigated as Karachi’s peace and future is at stake and his statements and any action taken in the light of these statement will definitely positive impact on law & order situation in Karachi. Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:02AM

    Oh ya! Face the music now. Agencies.Recommend

  • edd
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:10AM

    My personal believe is nobody speaks lie when he knows that he would be dead after few moments. Everybody is aware what MQM does. Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:22AM

    Just wondering what else do we need to declare this mafia a terrorist organization. And what irony, ruthless, inhumane killers are sitting in our legislative assemblies. Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:22AM

    Governor Sindh should resign immediately.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 3:53AM

    The real terrorists/culprits/target killers are NOT low hanging workers but those who sit in the upper and lower houses and lie all day and night on the face of nation. They portray themselves as Mr/Ms.Clean but behind the curtain they offload their fake mask of sharfat. The nation is idiot that they treat them as leaders and hero and worship them like Hindus do. Those so called leaders are reflection of society’s mental state. When the society is corrupt they will prefer like minded people representing them. What you sow shall you reap. Recommend

  • IY
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:13AM

    Give me a break! What is so ‘shocking’ about these revelations? Every resident of this city knows who has terrorised the life out of it. People are either just too afraid to say it or come up with pathetic excuses for the taking of innocent lives in this city. Recommend

  • John
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:29AM

    MQM apologists would never take the name of Azam Tariq or Imran Farooq or Mustafa Kamal because they all know what happened to them .Mustafa Kamal should consider himself very lucky that he made it out of Pakistan in one piece or he too would have ended up like Imran Farooq and Azam Tariq. Can MQM apologists explain why a sane man like Mustafa Kamal left MQM? They say he developed differences with Altaf, so who was right amongst them, was it Mustafa Kamal or Altaf Hussain? But knowing these apologists, I know they can’t say Altaf Was wrong because everything he does or will do, will always be right. I feel for Mustafa Kamal but I think he deserved it for being in MQM in the first place.Recommend

  • akram
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:46AM

    Shameful that you are trying to protect MQM. Shameful.Recommend

  • King
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:57AM

    When will i be able to see Altaf Hussain on death row pleading guilty and telling truth about his masters. Probably that will be the first day of ever lasting peace in Karachi.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:14AM

    Reminds me of movie bol when she confesses before. But her execution doesnt get halted like that.
    Do the above folks have some commonsense. The murder charges were proved on him. Wouldnt he have disclosed that to interrogators before??
    I know without his confessions, if proofs are enough its possible.

    But still???

    Mann i should have been a lawyer. A lawyer noone wanted to hire.
    I would have filed n fought a case against et for not publishing my comments.Recommend

  • J
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:42AM

    a man on death row has nothing to lose. He’ll die eventually and if he is released, he’ll be killed. So at the end of the day he is a dead man walking. Down with the mqm once and for all. #savekarachi #savepakistanRecommend

  • New Karachi
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:17AM

    The Culprits must be punished through Army courts ..No mercy at ALLRecommend

  • abrar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:23AM

    Whats new? Everybody knows what MQM is. Its a terrorist outfit. anybody who has lived in Karachi would tell u that. Confessions are good though but these are not a surprise. Recommend

  • SavePak
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Its like a Bollywood movie with real cast. Not a media trial but a trailer for a better PakistanRecommend

  • Mar 19, 2015 - 10:47AM

    Altaf and his henchmen, whoever they are, must LEAVE and be arrested. The MQM still holds a lot of sway over much of the masses but not for this kind of murderous behavior. No sir! This is allowing the water to go over one’s head. The Law Enforcing Agencies must come down hard on ‘gun law’ to bring a semblance of humanity and peace in the country.
    Altaf did not allow a second line of management to naturally evolve, that will be grooming a new generation of leaders to administer affairs of the party. The same goes for PPP, PMLN (family limited parties), PTI, JUIF, et al. What is the Scotland Yard and Pakistan Police waiting for? SalamsRecommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Seriously ppl? You dont think he would have told the police earlier the motive behind murder.?? As in who sent him out.
    You really dont think. I am surprised actually.Recommend

  • Sara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:46AM

    @Zara

    The great pseudo-intellectual of all generations of lawyers. Haven’t you ever heard about the witness/accomplice who is granted immunity if it promises to testify against the criminal?Recommend

  • ot-teri
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:15PM

    No doubt about the wrong-doings of MQM. But I must say that, although such videos can and should be used as evidence by law enforcing authorities, they should not be released publicly to sensationalize issues.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:32PM

    @Sara:
    lolz @pseudo intellectual……..etc mannn that was hardcore lolzzz .
    hey iam pretty much nobody even in terms of knowledge, the lawyer bit wasn’t a serious comment by me. I was prompting posters to share how is that possible. Anyways, thnx for sharing ,ididnt know and it still doesnt make sense to me. Because he is the killer himself, secondly, his statements aren’t backed up by a proof , so how will he testify, unless iam missing something. Wouldnt the testimony go as hearsay. The only thing that i thought was he could provide more information to police and intel agencies. Well yeah honestly i am not that quick at picking things.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:32PM

    @Sara:
    lolz @pseudo intellectual……..etc mannn that was hardcore lolzzz .
    hey iam pretty much nobody even in terms of knowledge, the lawyer bit wasn’t a serious comment by me. I was prompting posters to share how is that possible. Anyways, thnx for sharing ,ididnt know and it still doesnt make sense to me. Because he is the killer himself, secondly, his statements aren’t backed up by a proof , so how will he testify, unless iam missing something. Wouldnt the testimony go as hearsay. The only thing that i thought was he could provide more information to police and intel agencies. Well yeah honestly i am not that quick at picking things.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:14PM

    Stuff like this can only work if the broken justice system is made to stand on its head…….you are guilty unless you prove otherwise. Recommend

  • -SHAGY-
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:00PM

    hence proved most people don’t lie on death row….the death penalty should be continued…but people like Saulat should get some leniency for speaking out whether due to the fear of death or fear of Allah! Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 2:34PM

    Saulat’s each and every word seems to be true, because these things are not hidden from us Kacrachites neither from our LEAs. It’s time for action now. Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 3:22PM

    We appeal to govt not to bow to any politcal pressure. I have seen masses are with u irrespective of their politcal affiliation.So be bold and continue the onslaught on political-criminal gang irrespective of their parties. A broad based Judical Inquiry supported by a strong JIT should be formed who should submit their report within a week in the light of Saulats revelation.
    So well done Govt but dont become victim of all cajoling tactics being used by culprit group.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Agency to soulat mirza:

    If you say these words “I love imran khan” your hanging will be stopped, and maybe turned into life imprisonment..

    they cut the prologue of the video released. Recommend

  • Qublai
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:03AM

    We saw it rising, we’ll see its downfall. Thats the way it goes! Beginning of the end for MQM. Allah ki lathi bay awaz hai, yehi tou “Makafat-e-amal” hai!!! Long live Pakistan!!!!!!Recommend

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