MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil shot and wounded by gunfire in Karachi

MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Abdul Rashid Godil was shot and wounded on Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, during a shootout that also killed his driver, police said.

Abdul Rashid Godil, member of MQM which dominates political life in Karachi, was in his car when he was attacked, a high ranking police officer told Reuters.

Rashid Godil was in his vehicle stopped at the traffic light in a district east of the city, when the gunmen riding on a motorcycle attacked him. The attackers came from behind the car and opened fire, seriously wounding Mr. Godil, a senior police official, Abid Kaimkhani told AFP, stating that the driver was killed.

“Abdul Rashid Godil was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He receives care at a private hospital,” said Munir Shaikh.

According to a spokesman of the Liaquat hospital where the victims were taken, doctors tried to stabilize the condition of Rashid Godil who was shot five bullets in jaw, head and chest.

The doctors said the next 48 hours would be crucial to his survival, said Haidar Abbas Rizvi.

Critics of the MQM, the most powerful political party in Karachi, accused of maintaining a sometimes violent rivalry with other training, but also with criminal organizations and in particular to resort to murder against their opponents. More recently, the party has been accused of extortion.

Tuesday’s attack occurred amid political tensions.

This attack comes a week after the MQM had announced their resignation from the national assembly and the provincial assembly of Sindh, of which Karachi southern province is the capital.

On Sunday, a double suicide bombing took place in the neighboring province of Punjab which killed at least twenty people, including Shuja Khanzada, the provincial interior minister. The attack was claimed by a branch of the Pakistani Taliban; who said they wanted to avenge the death of Malik Ishaq, leader of the jihadist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), shot dead last month by police.

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