MQM founder sends gangster in Karachi to kill MQM, PSP candidates

MQM founder sends gangster in Karachi to kill MQM, PSP candidates

KARACHI - Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Wednesday claimed that Altaf Hussain-led Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) has tasked target killers to hit men of MQM-P, PSP and other splinter groups.

“Rangers on tip off conducted a joint raid with police in Orangi Town and arrested Muhammad Bilal Lodhi and Muhammad Irshad, two wanted accused associated with MQM-London. Both on the orders from leadership had planned to target candidates of the opponent parties during election 2018,” reads the handout issued by paramilitary Rangers.

Speaking to *The Frontier Post*, Rangers spokesman further told that the target killers wanted to Sabotage elections.

“They during interrogation have disclosed that initially they had planned to target Mohsin and Arif Hussain, the PMLN and PPP’s candidates from PS-128.

Four days earlier, this newspaper reported that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London, led by MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain, has planned to assassinate Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and leaders of the MQM-P, PTI and PSP.

According to National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) letter, a copy of which is available with *The Frontier Post*, the task was given to Rashid Minhai and Waseem alias Qamar Teddy on June, 29, 2018 when MQM-UK chapter was celebrating 40th foundation day of All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organization (APMSO) in London.

“On this occasion Rashid Minhai and Waseem alias Qamar teddy were tasked to target political leadership of different political parties through target killing teams in order to make a moot situation in Karachi” reads the report.

“In this connection target killing of second tier leaders of PSP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Atif Qureshi of PPP, Afaq Ahmed of MQM (H), Amir Khan, Faisal Sabzwari, Khwaja Izharul-Hasan of MQM (P) and Faisal Vawda and Ali Zaidi of PTI can’t be ruled out,” divulged the NACTA report.

The letter by director operation NACTA, Obaid Farooq Malik, has suggested extreme vigilance and heightened security measures but several leaders mentioned in the report told *The Frontier Post* on the condition of anonymity that security steps have not been taken.

Addressing meet the press program at Karachi Press Club here on Saturday, the MQM-P leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui told that no security arrangements have been made despite direct life threats to its three leaders.

A day earlier, this newspaper had reported that warnings regarding polling day violence in different parts of Sindh especially where Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League Functional’s candidate are up for close contest.

“Political leadership of different political groups has remained on target of extremists groups for their stance against the terror activities,” reads a report copy of which is available with *The Frontier Post*, adding in Sindh province, political leadership in general and those of PPP, MQM-P, ANP, MWM, in particular warrants extra security precautions to avert any untoward incident.

“There are serious apprehension of clash between political activists of rival groups during election canvassing and other activities, particularly in Karachi as well as parts of interior Sindh,” reads the report.

“In this regard, activists of MQM-P, PTI, PPP, ANP, PSP, PML-N, TLP, etc. may be locked in a clash during election campaign or on day of polling activity”, it further alerts.

According to intelligence agencies the recurrence of recent showdown between activists of PPP and PTI in Karachi cannot be ruled out either in same city or other in the province.

“Tension also exists between activists of PSP and different factions of MQM-P in Karachi/Hyderabad, etc. Possibility of violence in different parts of Karachi between said groups is seriously apprehended,” it reads.

According to report there are chances of violence between the activists of PTI. “Acrimony between the activists of PPP and PML-F already exists since recent exchange of barbs between the two camps, may take an ugly turn in the form of violence during electoral activities or on polling day”.

“Likewise, there is possibility of clash in District Tharparkar in between the followers of Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PPP supporters of Rahimoon and Samejo clans, during election campaign or on polling day,” it reads.

“Tribal enmities between different tribes and clans in Sindh province also pose serious risk to law & order situation during the months of electioneering.

“The number of unresolved tribal disputes is very high, however, recent incidents suggest following tribal enmities calls for immediate attention” reads the report, listing enmities including Bijrani-Teghani in District Kashmore and Shikarpur, Abra-Mahar in District Larkana, Khuhro-Bhutto in District Larkana, Kakepota-Brohi in District Shikarpur, Shaikh-Brohi in District Shikarpur, Shar-Kehar in District Shikarpur , Kalhora-Mangneja in District Shikarpur, Chandio-Gaincha in District Qambar-Shandadkot, Chandio-Janvri in District Qambar-Shandadkot, Intra-Magsi in District Qambar-Shandadkot , Intra-Chandio dispute in Mehar, District Dadu, Junejo-Solangi in District Khairpur and Rajar-Marri in District Sanghar.

After considerable period, the crime of robbery on Indus Highway has emerged again in District Shikarpur, which leaves negative impact over peaceful holding of GE-2018, it concludes.