ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A prominent secular political party on Wednesday accused Pakistan's powerful security organization of murdering one of its former lawmakers the day before.
46-year-old Syed Ali Raza Abidi was killed in an attack on Tuesday evening in front of his home in Karachi, a volatile city that is the economic and economic center of Pakistan. The party he once represented, the Muhammad Qaumi Movement, called it a "cold-blooded assassination" that was "part of Pakistan's crackdown on the military establishment."
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement or MQM controlled Karachi decades of politics, but has come under increasing pressure in recent years following a crackdown by security forces. The founding leader of the party, Altaf Hussain, has lived in self-imposed exile in London for two decades.
Mr. Abidi was a popular politician who had a large Twitter entourage and good relationships with parties across the political spectrum. He belonged to the Shiite Muslim sect, which in the past was attacked by extremist Sunni Muslim groups.
"He was a liberal, progressive politician who spoke out against religious extremism, sectarianism and intolerance," said Owhai Tohid veteran journalist and political analyst. "He was well anchored in civil society and campaigned for the rights of religious minorities and the oppressed. His murder was a great shock, "he added.
" He told me he had received death threats when I talked to him earlier this month, "Mr. Tohid said." He said he thought about it There could be political reasons for his killing due to internal rivalries or his activism for legal groups. "
Mr Abidi said in September that he had the MQM But in the last few weeks he had been at it His assassins seemed well-trained and thorough, with two assailants following Mr. Abidi's SUV as he moved in front of his home in an upscale neighborhood of Karachi, with video footage of an attacker getting off the bike. As he took a few steps toward Mr. Abidi, who was sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle, the attackers raced off after several shots.
Two members joined on Sunday He killed the breakaway faction that killed Pak Sarzameen Party (P.S.P.), who is located near the security organization. The police said they were investigating the recent killings, but it was too early to find out if they were linked.
They said they also investigated whether religious motives were behind the recent attack.