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MQM delegates apprise corps commander of Aftab Ahmed’s ‘killing’

MQM Naveed-Mukhtar

KARACHI: A three-member delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headed by Farooq Sattar on Wednesday called on Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and apprised him of the ‘killing’ of party activist Aftab Ahmed under custody, ARY News reported.

Sattar, accompanied by Nasreen Jalil and Kunwar Naveed, called on Gen Mukhtar at the Corps Headquarters here. The MQM members apprised the corps commander of the ‘killing’ of Farooq Sattar’s coordinator Aftab Ahmed under the custody of Rangers and the torture marks his body carried.

They also informed Gen Mukhtar about the details of party activists presently missing and those killed ‘extra-judicially’.

The MQM delegates requested the corps commander to hold high-level inquiry into all such killings including that of Aftab Ahmed.

Ahmed was detained by law enforcers during a raid near MQM headquarters Nine Zero on Sunday evening. He was presented before a judge of the anti-terrorism court on Monday along with seven other suspects.

Rangers had informed the ATC judge about 90-day detention of seven suspects, including Aftab Ahmed, for interrogation.

It should be noted that MQM had claimed that the coordinator of their senior leader Farooq Sattar died in the custody of Rangers. They had also demanded formation of a medical board to probe the cause of Ahmed’s death.

Contrary to that, a spokesperson for Pakistan Rangers Sindh had said in a statement that Ahmed early on Tuesday morning complained of chest pain, after which he was immediately shifted to hospital.

The suspect died of heart failure at the hospital, it read.

Earlier today, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, in an unprecedented move, ordered investigation into death of Aftab Ahmed during Rangers custody.

The army chief ordered the relevant authorities to ensure provision of justice in the case. He said a probe report be prepared inquiring facts into the death of activist and the same should be sent to General Headquarters (GHQ).

The move was followed by the formation of a an investigation committee to probe the death of Ahmed.

A high-level investigation body has been formed on the orders of DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar to investigate the motives behind Ahmed’s death, read a press statement issued by the paramilitary force today.

The committee, headed by a sector commander of Rangers, was instructed to complete its probe and bring out the truth in the shortest possible time.

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