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PM Imran Expresses Grief Over Abidi Killing, Seeks Report

Islamabad (December 25, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound grief over the assassination of former lawmaker and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi.

The prime minister expressed condolence to the bereaved family and summoned a report on the matter.

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Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also strongly condemned the former lawmaker’s killing. He expressed grief and said that Abidi always played an effective role in politics.

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah condemned the killing of the MQM leader, according to his spokesman.

The CM Sindh gave directions to the Inspector General of Police Sindh to ensure law and order situation is stable in the city.

Shah also gave directions constitution of a special team to investigate Abidi’s murder, added the spokesman.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned the incident and demanded a high-level inquiry should be made to arrest the culprits.

“Ali Raza Abidi was a well-mannered, educated political worker and parliamentarian who presented his point of view with great conviction and logic,” she said.

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto extended condolence to the bereaved family, while strongly condemning the incident.

“Ali Raza Abidi’s killing is a conspiracy to disrupt Karachi’s peace and law and order situation in the country,” said Bilawal Bhutto.“The real culprits behind Abidi’s killing should be arrested,” he said.

Earlier, former MQM lawmaker and Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi has been shot dead in Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood.

According to the details, former member of National Assembly from Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Syed Ali Raza Abidi was earlier critically injured in an attack on his vehicle in Karachi’s upscale Defence Housing Authority (DHA) neighbourhood and shifted to PNS Shifa hospital, where Abidi succumbed to his injuries.

Initial reports suggested that unidentified assailants opened fire on his vehicle outside his residence at Khayaban-e-Ghazi in DHA Phase-V.

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According to Police, the shooting incident took place in Defense’s Khayaban-e-Ittehad area.

It has been learnt that Abidi had gone there to meet his relatives and had just sat in his car after meeting them, when unknown assailants opened fire on the vehicle.

According to police, unknown gunmen opened fire on Abidi’s vehicle and sped away.

SSP South told media that Abidi was shot in head and neck as soon as he got off his car outside his home.

“It was premature to conclude whether the assailants were riding a bike or a car,” he 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.

This comes two days after two Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) workers were gunned down in Usmania Society.

Earlier this month, six people were wounded when a low-intensity blast hit an MQM’s Milad gathering in Gulistan-e-Johar.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the shooting and directed police chief to submit a report.Abidi, who had been affiliated with Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), had resigned from basic membership of the party in September citing “personal reasons”.

“This is to bring to your attention that I will not be able to continue participation with MQM Pakistan due to personal reasons,” he had said in his resignation letter to MQM-P Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

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.

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.


Former MQM lawmaker and Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi’s affiliation with MQM goes back to the 1988, when he was a student of SM Commerce College. When the army operation against the party started, Abidi – who had seen several tortured bodies of his colleagues – distanced himself from politics.

Although he went to the United States for his undergraduate degree in science and business management from Boston University, he had once said that he was in touch with what was going on back home. “It was disturbing at time and I felt helpless.”

After coming back in 1998, he chose to be an entrepreneur – he was part of distributing Walls ice cream, and later joined the seafood processing business Biryani of the Seas (BOTS) run by the family.Abidi’s father, Syed Ikhlaq Hussain Abidi, was also actively involved with the MQM and was an MNA from NA-250.

Abidi jumped back into active politics in 2008, and formed the Professionals Research and Advisory Council (PRAC) for MQM.

His career in politics began in 2013 when he was given the ticket by MQM to contest elections. Being his first time in elections he was able to win and got himself a seat in the national assembly.

However, there was some controversy surrounding his seat as a MNA as he allegedly resigned from his position recently when he joined Pak Sarzameen Party and thus left MQM.

He was member of the National Assembly, from June 2013 to May 2018.He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) from Constituency NA-251 (Karachi-XIII) in Pakistani general election, 2013. He received 81,603 votes and defeated Raja Azhar Khan, a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The former MQM leader was a well-educated politician and did his immediate schooling from Karachi St. Patrick School. He got his degree from DHA Degree College and degree from S.M Commerce College. Then he went to states to complete his marketing degree from Boston University.

Ali Raza Abidi had plenty of experience in marketing sector and was the CEO of Akhlaq enterprises.

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