MQM terrorists kill Karachi organizer of National Party
By: Ahmar Mustikhan, Baltimore Foreign Policy Examiner
Terrorists allegedly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement gunned down a Baloch political organizer in Karachi Monday afternoon.
The victim was identified as Yaqoob Baloch, 45, Karachi Divisional organizer of the National Party. The deceased was an employee of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation and a resident of Old Golimar.
“He was at his office at Nazimabad No. 1 when the killers came there and asked him if he was Yaqoob. When he replied ‘yes’ they shot and killed him,” Hameed Baloch, Sindh organizer of the National Party said.
He said identity of the killers are not known, but suspected that they belonged to the militant M.Q.M. as the area is the party’s stronghold.
This was the second Baloch killing in as many days allegedly at the hands of the M.Q.M. goons. Earlier, on Sunday Abdullah Baloch, 41, son of Baloch businessman Haji Noor Mohammed was gunned down by the same organization.
According to political sources in Karachi, the M.Q.M. is indiscriminately targeting innocent Baloch in reprisals for actions of the disbanded People’s Aman Committee that is now supported by the military.
“More than a dozen Baloch rickshaw drivers have been abducted by the M.Q.M.,” former speaker of the Balochistan assembly Akram Dashti told this correspondent on phone fron Turbat.
The M.Q.M. was created during the regime of late Pakistan dictator General Ziaul Haq.The party is mostly comprised of immigrants from India who came to Pakistan during the 1947 partition holocaust in search of greener pastures, replacing the highly educated and peaceful Sindhi Hindus.
The party has fought pitched battles with almost all other ethnic groups since its inception in the mid 1980s.
The M.Q.M. was also allegedly involved in a number of high profile killlings of Urdu-speaking leaders including that of former Sindh governor Hakim Saeed. According to media reports, the M.Q.M.’s alleged victims include two of the party’s main founders Azeem Ahmed Tariq and Imran Farooq. The last killing took place in London.
Senator Hasil Bizenjo, who attended the funeral of Yaqoob Baloch, is likely to call M.Q.M. chief Altaf Hussain in London to protest the killings. The two were university fellows in Karachi.
Hussain, now a Briton because of marriage to his former wife Faiza Gabol Malik, directs the M.Q.M. from London. Concerned Pakistanis have long been calling upon Scotland Yard and MI-5 to investigate the M.Q.M. as their international secretariat is based in London.