A former Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Raza Ali Abidi has been gunned down in Pakistan

A former Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Raza Ali Abidi has been gunned down outside his residence in Khayaban-i-Ghazi neighbourhood of the Defense Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday.

I’d no idea who Raza Ali Abidi of Pakistan was till I saw the news of his brutal murder. The police official said firing took place after the gate of Ali Raza Abidi’ house had been opened. After launching investigation, police have acquired CCTV footage of the attack. The footage showed two men riding a motorcycle chasing Abidi and one of them spraying the bullets.

The footage run by TV channels showed that a man who was riding pillion getting off the two-wheeler and running away after targeting. Raza was associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – a political outfit of Indian migrants in Pakistan. He had earlier contested election from Karachi against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the July 2018 general election.

As expected Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound grief over the murder of the former lawmaker and expressed condolence to the bereaved family.  ANP leader Bushra Gohar termed Mr Abidi’s death “a huge loss” and said that he “was one of the sanest politicians in Pakistan”.

“Shocked!!! Gone too soon…#RazaAliAbidi was one of the sanest politicians in #Pakistan – his death is a huge loss. Security failure has become an accepted norm. There will be no accountability-so continue with positive reporting as ordered by DGISPR.”

His name has confused me about another journalist and broadcasting giant of BBC Urdu – the old Raza Ali Abidi who was born in 1936 in undivided India. He had moved to Karachi with his family in 1950. He is best known for his radio documentaries and the finest among his works was ‘Grand Trunk Road’ or ‘Jernaili Sadak’ also known as ‘Sher Shah Suri Road.’ It was a bus travel travelogue from Peshawar to Calcutta.

Though we have our own share of violence when we remember the brutal murder of Mahatma Gandhi by fanatic ideologue Nathuram Godsey but there is nothing compared to the string of high stake murders in Pakistan history.

The founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah had died on the road without any immediate medical support a year after the creation of the new nation. In 1951, the first prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated in Rawalpindi’s Company Bagh while making a public speech. His assassin was immediately shot dead but the mystery is still unresolved who ordered the killing.

Another Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was murdered or executed in the fake judicial process by Gen Zia ul Haque. Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928, in Larkana, Sindh of undivided India. He was president of Pakistan 1971–1973 and prime minister 1973–1977. On April 4, 1979, he was got into the rope.

Fifty years after the death of Liaquat Ali Khan, Benazir Bhutto – the daughter of Zulfiqar, wife of ex- President Asif Ali Zardari and herself ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan was assassinated in the same garden – Company Bagh.

It was only yesterday that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was claiming that his government would make it sure that the minorities feel safe, protected and have equal rights in ‘New Pakistan’. “We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are unsafe and not being treated as equal citizens.”

I’m not sure but the very name Raza Ali Abidi sounds a name of a minority Muslim community of Pakistan.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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