MQM-P leader Ali Raza Abidi shot dead in Karachi’s DHA

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and former MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi has been shot dead in Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood.
Two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on Abidi’s car on Khayaban-e-Ghazi street in DHA’s Phase V, Station House Office Gizri Asad Mangi said. According to police, Abidi was alone in his car when he was shot near his residence. He sustained injuries and was taken to PNS Shifa hospital by his father, Akhlaq Abidi.
The former MQM leader succumbed to his injuries during treatment, police said.
Police and Rangers personnel have cordoned off the site of the attack and are collecting evidence.
Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from police authorities.
In September this year, Abidi had tendered in his resignation from the MQM-P’s “basic membership” citing “personal reasons”.
Abidi was one of the leaders who had stood with former convener Farooq Sattar in the buildup to 2018 elections when MQM-P was subject to an internal power battle.
In Nov 2017, he had opposed then MQM-P chief Sattar and Pak Sarzameen Party Chairman Mustafa Kamal’s short-lived alliance, and even announced that he was resigning from his National Assembly seat as “this is not what I believed in and stood for”.
He was the owner of the famous Karachi eatery, ‘Biryani of the Seas’.
Abidi was quite active on Twitter, with his last tweet coming just four hours before the fatal attack on him.

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