Attack on MQM MNA widely condemned

KARACHI: Life attempt on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Rasheed Godial was widely condemned here Tuesday.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Raheed Godial was injured in firing of unknown armed men in New Town area of the metropolis.

Rasheed Godial and his driver, Abdul Mateen, were injured when they were on the way to MQM head office, 90, and attacked by unknown armed men in New Town area. The injured were shifted to nearby private hospital in critical situation, where the driver succumbed to his injuries.

Rasheed Godial received three bullets, according to early information.

Karachi Police Chief Mushtaq Meher told media that four armed persons riding on motorcycle hit Rasheed Godial. A 9mm pistol was used in this incident and police 8 rounds were recovered from the crime scene, he said. He said Godial had never demanded police security.

Spokesperson of private hospital informed media that Rasheed Godial received 5 bullets that hit his face, neck and chest. He said Godial’s condition is still critical and he has been shifted to intensive care unit and is on ventilator.

Prime minister of Pakistan Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has condemned this terrorism act and prayed to early recovery of Godial.

Meanwhile, chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah took notice and directed to Police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies to further tighten the security.

Shah called to IG Sindh and directed to submit a report in this regard.

MQM Chief Altaf Husain and Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan also condemned the act.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar also condemned the attack on Rasheed Godial in a press conference accompanied by Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman in 90. Farooq Sattar said this act may launch to sabotage the talk with Maulana. He demanded to expose the attackers. He said this was a cowardly act aimed at to destroy the political stability.

Fazal-ur-Rahman prayed for early recovery of Godial.

Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana and leaders of other political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Tehreek Insaf and peoples Party condemned the attack on MQM leader Rasheed Godial in Karachi.