MQM worker identified as main shooter in Rangers’ murder case

The witness is a Rangers personnel who identified the suspect thrice from a dozen dummies

Zubair Ashraf July 06, 2015
Express News screengrab of Umair Siddiqui

KARACHI: An eyewitness identified on Monday Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Umair Hussain Siddiqi alias Jailor, as the main shooter in a Rangers personnel's murder case.

The witness, who is a member of the paramilitary force and was injured in the firing, identified Siddiqi thrice from among a dozen dummies before an East district judicial magistrate. Siddiqi is alleged to have committed, ordered or abetted at least 64 acts of targeted killing.

He has been accused of gunning down Rangers lance naik Shaukat and wounding another in the Mausamiyat area in December, 2010. The case was registered at the Mobina Town police station under Section 302, premeditated murder, and 324, attempted murder, read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The suspect was reportedly arrested during the March 11 raid at the MQM headquarters along with several others convicted and wanted criminals, however, he denied this, contending that he was picked up in February from his home.

Siddiqi, who worked as a computer programmer at a public health institute in Liaquatabad and volunteered at the party election cell, has been presented as a commander of a target killing cartel in the city.

According to a press release issued by the Rangers two months ago when his arrest was revealed, the suspect had formed a team, comprising 23 shooters, to carry out terrorism activities in the city on the directives of a former party leader, Hammad Siddiqi.

Subsequently, he was implicated in two cases of murder, including the one he has been identified in, after his three-month preventative detention. In the other case, he has been accused of killing two tea vendors in Gulshan-e-Maymar.

The judge, after presiding over the identification parade, sealed his report to send it to the Anti Terrorism Court trying the suspect.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2015. 


Azmat Ali | 6 years ago | Reply @Sarmad: It is exactly because of those issues that we put MQM in power. Almost since its inception, they've had the power to blackmail central governments into providing all the support they need. Unfortunately, the support requested was not for the electorate, but to fill up their own pockets. @Ali: Since when has being civil and cultured become the sole domain of the rich? Yes, under MQM's regime, the entire educational standard collapsed, and consequently, the less affluent suffered far greater in this regard, while the more fortunate got to go to the better standard schools. (By the way, I am a graduate of Gulistan School and National College. Can't get any more middle class than that, right!!). It is now impossible to sit with your family in a public place where 3 - 4 or more teenagers are hanging out. The language, the rudeness and the downright abusive behavior demonstrated is not just infuriating but humiliating for me and my family. This was never how the Mohajirs behaved. Now goonism has become the trademark of a Muhajir youth, especially for those masses that are stuck in the lower middle class and sinking further down every day. Throw out the current set of goons and bring in those who may still have the betterment of the Mohajirs at the core of their hearts. I am not against MQM, but I am against the mindset that not only prevails within the party today but that it exports to its supporters and those most impressionable. If we continue to toe the line, we will absolutely lose the very reasons that we wanted to distinguish ourselves.
Waqas Farooq Khan | 6 years ago | Reply Mr Faisal Sabzwari should be investigated as he can always be seen along with Umair.
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