Karachi (January 14, 2018): Dead body of Former Deputy Convener of MQM- L Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif has been found from Ibrahim Hyderi today.
According to the initial information, his dead body was found from Ibrahim Hyderi area in an abandon vehicle.
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His body has been transferred to Jinnah Hospital. Dr. Semi Jamali has confirmed that hospital has received Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif dead body.
However, she said that body does not bear any marks of torture or bullet wounds. Further investigation is going on.
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Arif is a veteran leftist and former chairperson of KU’s philosophy department. Last year, he joined Karachi-based MQM and became a member of its pro-Altaf faction’s coordination committee member.
Dr. Farooq Sattar expresses grief and concerns over the body of Dr Hasan Zafar Arif being found in Karachi
Speaking to the media in Multan, MQM-Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar expressed his grief and concerns over the body being found. “It does not matter if he was from MQM-L or Pakistan, what has happened is a conspiracy to disrupt peace in Karachi.”
The 75-year-old was professor of philosophy and has taught in a number of universities in Karachi. He has made significant contributions to progressive writings in Pakistan.
Short Profile of Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif
Dr Hassan Zafar Arif has never been in MQM or supporter of the MQM founder Altaf Hussain’s ideology before August 22. 2016. He was a diehard leftist and struggled for his ideology and ideals.
Very few people would be aware of the fact that Prof. Hassan Zafar Arif was one of the brains behind the successful first homecoming rally of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed in 1986. He was one of the strategists of the successful homecoming rally, then regarded as largest in term of participants in the history of Pakistan.Zafar Arif was dismissed from Karachi University’s for his leftist ideology.
Later, Zafar Arif left PPP and in 1990’s joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Following the August 22’s incendiary speech of Altaf Hussain, MQM-Pakistan-led by Farooq Sattar emerged. Since then Altaf’s loyalists are in disarray and in a bid to counter the Farooq Sattar-led group, they constituted a parallel body and Zafar Arif was their natural choice for leading the new body in Pakistan. At the time of his joining MQM, Altaf Hussain warmly welcome Prof. Arif, stating that he was very happy as his teacher was joining MQM.
On October 22, a former Professor of Karachi University was taken into custody from outside Karachi Press Club, the present Hyde Park, by law enforcement agencies and was taken away.An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on April 7, 2017, granted him bail in a case pertaining to an alleged hate speech of their party founder.
The ATC-I judge granted the bail after listening to arguments from the prosecution and the defence, against a surety of Rs100,000 for each of them.
Zafar Arif and Amjadullah were arrested in the present case on December 20, shortly after they were released from prison after two months of detention under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.
Initially, they were picked up on October 22 from outside the Karachi Press Club when they were there to address a press conference about the restructuring of MQM-London post the August 22 split.
The case was registered under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulating its religion or religious beliefs), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 500 (punishment for defamation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, read with Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, at the Azizabad police station.