Case Registered Against Killing of MQM Worker

A case was registered over the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Waqas Ali Shah on Thursday who died a day earlier in a raid carried out by Rangers personnel on MQM headquarters. 

On Wednesday, a heavy contingent of Rangers raided Nine Zero, the headquarters of MQM, in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood prompting a protest by party activists and a subsequent call for a day of “peaceful mourning” across the country.

Waqas Ali Shah

A number of party workers, including MQM’s Rabita Committee member Amir Khan, were detained during the raid. MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil had alleged that Shah, 25, was killed in straight fire by Rangers personnel during the raid. However, Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar said that the MQM activist did not die of gunfire by Rangers personnel. 

Rangers spokesperson Colonel Tahir told Dawn that he was in the area during the operation and that “no one was killed”. He said it was not clear where Waqas Shah was killed. Additional Inspector General (IG) Sindh Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo said the case was registered at Azizabad police station. Later, funeral prayers were also offered for the deceased MQM worker.