Attack on MQM MNA widely condemned

KARACHI: Armed attack on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Rashid Godel in Karachi was widely condemned Tuesday.

MQM MNA Rashid Godel was injured in firing by unknown armed men in New Town area of the metropolis. Godial and his driver, Abdul Mateen, were injured when they were on their way to MQM head office, 90, and were attacked by unknown armed men in New Town area. The injured were shifted to a nearby private hospital in critical situation, where the driver succumbed to his injuries.

Karachi Police Chief Mushtaq Maher told media that four armed persons riding on motorcycle opened fire on Rasheed Godial’s vehicle. A 9mm pistol was used in this attack, he said. He said Godel had never demanded police security.

Spokesperson of private hospital informed media that Godel received five bullets. He said Godel’s condition was critical and he has been shifted to intensive care unit and is on ventilator.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned this terrorism act and prayed for early recovery of Godel.

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

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

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

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s founding leader Altaf Hussain on Tuesday condemned armed attack on his party’s MNA Rashid Godel in Karachi that left him seriously injured and killed his driver.

According to MQM release, Altaf Hussain said: “I condemn this unprovoked attack which has left one man dead and another fighting for his life. All of our thoughts are with Mr Godil and his family at this time.”

The party’s statement said: “We are aware that MQM MNA Rashid Godil has been attacked when arriving home by car this morning at approximately midday Karachi time. Godil’s car was intercepted by two unknown assailants riding a motorcycle who fired a number of shots into his vehicle. He has been transferred to hospital with critical injuries. Regrettably his driver died at the scene.”

MQM leader Farooq Sattar also condemned the attack on Godel in a press conference. He was accompanied by Jamiat Ulema-e- Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman at Nine Zero. Sattar said this act may sabotage the talks with Maulana. He demanded to expose the attackers. He said this was a cowardly act, which was aimed at destroying the political stability.

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

Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana and leaders of other political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Tehreek Insaf Pakistan and Pakistan Peoples Party also condemned the attack.

Rashid Naseem Naib Amir Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan condemned the attack on MQM leader Rasheed Godel and it was a planned attack to disturb the city’s peace. He said for last few months, city’s condition is getting stability and citizens got relief against target killing, extortion and street crimes, but this act is a plot to reverse the situation to instability.

Naseem said in Karachi, rangers and law enforcement agencies had been given full support from government and public for peace but this act shows a question mark on their performance.

He demanded of the federal and provincial governments to capture the attackers and award them punishment.

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah visited the hospital to see Godel. He strongly condemned the terror act. Meanwhile, Sindh minister for health Jam Mehtab also visited the hospital. Jam Mehtab said Godel’s condition is out of danger and government is trying to eliminate terrorism from society.

Meanwhile, Sindh rangers has also strongly condemned the armed attack on Godel and prayed for his early recovery. In a release, rangers said investigation has been started from different dimensions and very soon attackers would be brought to justice.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has condemned the attack on MQM MNA Rashid Godil in Karachi.

In a statement on Tuesday, PPP Chairman prayed for early recovery of Rashid Godil and called upon authorities to rein in the attackers and bring them to book.