KARACHI: Ex-MNA and MQM leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi has been shot dead outside his home when he was entering his house in Defence Housing Authority. Gunmen, who were following him for a while, opened fire at his face. He received multiple bullets in his head.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and other political leaders condemned Ali’s murder. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident.
Law and order in Karachi have been deteriorating since the July 2018 elections. Intelligence agencies received reports about Ali Raza Abidi’s life being in danger few weeks ago. However, no measures were taken to increase his security or foil the attack.
Syed Ali Raza Abidi was a popular person in Defence and Clifton areas of Karachi, especially amongst the youth. Ali Raza was also the owner of a popular restaurant Biryani of the Seas in the same area. People have expressed anger on social media at the terrible incident.
Syed Ali Raza Abidi’s last tweet 4 hours before his brutal murder:
The counter press conference by PTI is just repetition of what they have been alleging for the past 5 years on the container. Nothing new nor substantial in reply to PMLN's presser, except that now PTI is officially speaking on behalf of NAB Courts.
— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) December 25, 2018
Syed Ali Raza Abidi was a vocal person and always supported free media and open conversations. He contested elections against the current Prime Minister Imran Khan in the July 2018 elections and lost.
Syed Ali Raza Abidi also attended the Annual Grand Dinner of Support Free Media in 2015.