MQM leader Rashid Godil crit­i­cally in­jured in gun at­tack

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment leader Rashid Godil was crit­i­cally wounded af­ter uniden­ti­fied armed men opened fire at his ve­hi­cle near his res­i­dence in Karachi's Ba­hadurabad area on Tues­day.

Gul­shan SP Abid Qaimkhani said that uniden­ti­fied mo­tor­cy­cle- rid­ing armed men in­ter­cepted Godil's ve­hi­cle and fired eight 9mm bul­lets af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing the Mut­tahida leader. Godil was trav­el­ling with his driver and a fam­ily mem­ber when the at­tack took place. Hos­pi­tal sources said that the MQM leader suf­fered five bul­lets wounds on his chest, head and arm. De­tails of the fam­ily mem­ber's con­di­tion are not known. Fear and panic gripped the city as mar­kets and shops closed down their busi­nesses in dif­fer­ent ar­eas af­ter the at­tack.

The MQM leader was shifted to a nearby hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion was stated as crit­i­cal ow­ing to ex­ces­sive loss of blood. He un­der­went surgery at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing which the MQM leader was put on the ven­ti­la­tor in the In­ten­sive Care Unit of Li­aqat Na­tional Hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal sources. Hos­pi­tal sources said that Godil's driver, who was also in­jured in the in­ci­dent, suc­cumbed to his wounds dur­ing treat­ment.

MQM leader Syed Ali Raza Ab­didi tweeted that Godil's con­di­tion was sta­ble and wished a speedy re­cov­ery of the wounded leader. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, MQM leader Fa­rooq Sat­tar, who was flanked by Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman, con­demned the 'cow­ardly ter­ror­ist at­tack' on Rashid Godil. He said that con­dem­na­tions against the tragic in­ci­dent had poured in from within the party and other po­lit­i­cal quar­ters.

Sat­tar said that the in­ci­dent is be­ing con­sid­ered as an at­tempt to sabotage the peace of Karachi and hoped that those be­hind the at­tack would be ar­rested soon and made to face jus­tice. Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman ap­pre­ci­ated MQM's re­ac­tion to the in­ci­dent and praised the party's at­ti­tude in the face of the tragic cir­cum­stances.

The at­tack took place while JUI-F chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman was vis­it­ing the MQM head­quar­ters, Nine Zero, to hold talks with a Mut­tahida del­e­ga­tion over the is­sue of MQM leg­is­la­tors' res­ig­na­tions. The talks, which were un­der way in a pleas­ant at­mos­phere, were abruptly sus­pended as the news of the at­tack on Godil reached the MQM head­quar­ters.

A large num­ber of MQM lead­ers, sup­port­ers and ac­tivists be­gan gath­er­ing at the party's Nine Zero head­quar­ters where they were hold­ing prayers for the speedy re­cov­ery of the wounded party leader. Po­lice have formed a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (JIT) un­der the su­per­vi­sion of DIG East Mu­nir Shaikh to probe the in­ci­dent. SSP East Javed Jiskani, SSP East In­ves­ti­ga­tion Zul­fiqar Meher and SSP SIU Fa­rooq Awan will be the mem­bers of that team.

A press re­lease is­sued by Rangers also con­demned the at­tack on MQM leader Rashid Godil and wished for his speedy re­cov­ery. The state­ment added that probe into var­i­ous as­pects of the in­ci­dent was un­der way and those re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack would be brought to jus­tice soon.

The Rangers press re­lease also ap­pealed to cit­i­zens to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the at­tack on the Rangers 1101 helpline. Rashid Godil had served as MQM's deputy par­lia­men­tary leader in the Na­tional Assem­bly un­til MQM law­mak­ers' re­cent sub­mis­sion of res­ig­na­tions from par­lia­ments. He was elected as a Mem­ber of Na­tional Assem­bly from Karachi's NA252 con­stituency dur­ing the 2013 gen­eral elec­tions.

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