Violence erupts in Karachi after MQM leader`s killing
Last Updated: Monday, May 02, 2011, 21:01
Karachi: Violence erupted in different parts of Pakistan's financial hub Karachi on Monday, after a key leader of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was killed in one of the city's busiest roads.

Armed men forced shopkeepers, petrol pumps and other businesses to shut down in many parts of the city, where at two people were killed and some vehicles torched during the violence.

Farooq Baig, a member of the MQM central organising committee, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Shah Faisal road today.

His assassination came at a time when central MQM leaders were calling on the Prime Minister in Islamabad to discuss the rejoining of MQM in the federal cabinet.

Earlier, the MQM had stepped down from the federal cabinet to protest the failure of the provincial government to stop target killings in Karachi in which the MQM claims many of its leaders have been killed.

The MQM is a key coalition partner of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in the Sindh province and centre.

Baig's killing came a day after the MQM observed a day of mourning for one of their leader Liaquat Qureshi, who was also shot dead on Saturday near Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.


First Published: Monday, May 02, 2011, 21:01

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