Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Rashid Godil has been critically injured as his car came under attack in Bahadurabad area of Karachi on Tuesday, as political negotiations involving his party began.
According to initial reports, four unidentified men on motorcycles opened fire at Godil’s car when he was on his way to party headquarters, Nine Zero, for a meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman. Godil suffered six bullet wounds.
“Godil’s driver, Abdul Mateen, succumbed to his injuries while the MQM leader is critically injured and being operated,” SSP East Javed Jiskani said. “Godil was targeted after being identified,” he added.
Further, the SSP said, “9mm pistols were used in the attack and eight bullet shells were recovered from the crime scene.”
The attack comes as the JUI-F chief arrived at Nine Zero to hold negotiations and convince MQM lawmakers to return to Parliament. The meeting between the two parties is under way despite the incident.
“The attack is an attempt to sabotage talks,” MQM spokesperson Aminul Haque said.
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Addressing the media outside the hospital, MQM leader Muhammad Hussain appealed to the nation to pray for Godil.
“The incident is not only condemn able but also raises serious concerns about the efficacy of the ongoing Karachi operation,” he said.
The MQM leader claimed that Godil was not provided any security by the government. “It is a thought-provoking moment for those who claim that peace has been restored in Karachi,” he added.
“MQM had been raising these concerns in the Parliament and provincial assembly but the government did not pay any heed to our suggestions.”
Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the attack and expressed grief over the demise of Godil’s driver. In a statement issued from his London’s office, Altaf appealed to the nation to pray for Godil’s recovery.
Our opinion on this issue is very clear that Indian Intelligence Agency RA is directly involved behind this incident to increase unrest in Karachi against the efforts of Pakistan Rangers stated by our Chairman Prof Dr S A Abbas.