Four including MQM MPA Manzar Imam shot dead in Karachi

TTP accepts responsibility for killing MQM’s Manzar Imam

KARACHI: At least four people including Muttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Manzar Imam were killed when unknown armed men riding on motorbikes opened in Orangi Town area, The Lahore Times reported on Thursday.

According to sources, some unknown gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire at the MQM MPA Manzar Imam’s vehicle at Nishan-e-Haider chowk in Orangi Town area of Karachi.

As a result, Syed Manzar Imam, his guard and two others were killed on the spot. The attackers successfully managed to flee from the scene.

One of Imam’s guards was also reported to have been injured.

Rescue teams rushed to the site and transferred to the dead and injured to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

DIG WEST said that two of the dead were policemen.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killings.

TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan shouldered the responsibility for the attack in a telephonic call from an undisclosed location.

Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan condemned the targeted killing of the MQM MPA Syed Manzar Imam and announced three-day mourning.

According to a statement issued here, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed strongly condemned the killing of the MQM parliamentarian and demanded of the government to arrest the killers and award exemplary punishment to them. He said that a conspiracy was being hatched for bloodbath in Karachi.

Asfandyar Wali telephoned Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and condoled over the demise of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker Syed Manzar Imam.

ANP chief in his telephonic call to the governor Sindh said that the culprits behind the murder of Syed Manzar Imam should be arrested as early as possible. Asfandyar said that terrorists were bent on dismantling country’s peace.

Meanwhile, enraged protesters torched a bus in Orangi Town area while aerial firing was also reported in different localities.

Earlier today, MQM Member of Provincial Assembly, Syed Manzar Imam was gunned down along with his three body guards by unknown armed motorcyclists at Nishan-e-Haider Chowk in Orangi Town.

Business and trading activities across Karachi would remain scant on Friday (Jan 18), as Trader’s Union Karachi announced that traders should keep businesses closed voluntarily for tomorrow.

On the other hand, Private Schools Association has decided to keep all private schools closed for tomorrow.

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