Gunmen kill brother of senior MQM leader in Pak

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 00:19

Karachi: The brother of a senior Mutthaida Qaumi Movement leader has been killed at volatile Shershah market in Pakistan`s biggest city of Karachi apparently for refusing to pay extortion, police said on Wednesday.

The killing sparked tension in Pakistan`s financial hub.

Unidentified gunmen riding on motorbikes yesterday fired shots at the brothers of Shakir Ali, who is a member of MQM central Election Cell, they said.

The MQM and the All Karachi Traders Association have given a strike call for tomorrow over the incident.
Police said the gunmen had opened fire at Ali`s brothers, who were at their shop, after they apparently refused to pay extortion money.

They said Heraat Ali was killed on the spot while Zakir Ali was in critical condition in a hospital.

Meanwhile, a special anti-terrorism court today issued black warrants for two activists of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Muhammad Azam and Ataulllah were charged with murder of a person in Soldier Bazaar.
They were sentenced to death in this case in 2007. They had challenged the ruling, which again upheld by the superior judiciary.

On this, judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon issued black warrant for the accused. According to the court order, they would be hanged till death this month.

PTI




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