KARACHI: Police said that forensic examination revealed that the weapon used in the killing of former MQM MNA Ali Raza Abidi had earlier been used in another killing.
SSP Raja Umar Khattab of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police said that two 30 bore pistols were used in the murder of Abidi.
He said that six shots were fired from one weapon, while a single shot from another. Investigators collected seven spent cartridges from the crime scene which were sent to the police forensic laboratory.
The laboratory’s report received by the investigators states that the 30 bore pistol from which six shots were fired was previously used in the murder of 23-year-old Ihtisham in Liaquatabad on December 10.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over an emergency meeting over law and order situation of the city at Chief Minister House.
He directed the law enforcement agencies to make foolproof security arrangements accordingly.
The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, CM’s Adviser on Information Murtaza Wahab, Director General Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, Police Inspector General Dr Kaleem Imam, the provincial heads of intelligence agencies, Deputy Inspector General South Javed Alam Udho and other concerned officers.
Briefing the chief minister about the murder of Ali Raza Abdi, DIG South Javed Odho told the chief minister that cartridges were found from the spot where he was shot dead. The cartridges were sent for forensic testing and the report has revealed that the pistol was used previously in some other crimes which were already under investigation.
He also said that the victim’s mobile phone has been taken into custody and was being decoded so that his messages and calls could be investigated.