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Murdered MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi was trying for party reconciliation

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 25, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Dec 25, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Murdered MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi was trying for party reconciliation

Abidi was assassinated outside his house in Karachi

Ali Raza Abidi was at his restaurant when I called him to request a meeting a few weeks ago. I was working on a story over differences within the party.

He received my call said: “Have I ever said no to you? You are always welcome at my restaurant after 11pm.”

I went to his restaurant near Frere Police Station Road. He was there with some of his friends and they were discussing party affairs.

Abidi resigned from MQM-Pakistan after being defeated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Karachi’s NA-243 constituency in the July 25 general election. However, this was not the reason why he left the party.

Related story: Former MQM MNA Ali Raza Abidi killed in Karachi gun attack

The former MQM-P MNA was not happy with his party comrades. He believed that differences among party leaders were one of the main reasons behind the party’s abysmal performance in the election.

The former MQM-P lawmaker was planning to form a truth and reconciliation commission to unite his party. He met several leaders of various factions and tried to bring them under the umbrella of the MQM to serve the city.

Abidi was popular among the young MQM-P voters because he was very down-to-earth.

During his election campaign in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Abidi had been active. He left no stone unturned to run an effective campaign.

He was sitting at a roadside café when an area worker told him about a disgruntled party worker, who lived a block away from where he was sitting. He stood up from his chair and remarked that they should go meet him.

The worker told him that the person lives on the seventh floor and the building’s lift is not operating. Abidi just asked him to guide the way.

Upon reaching the building, he asked the worker to stay downstairs. After 30 to 40 minutes, he came back with another man. The guy was smiling. He said that he won’t only vote for Abidi but help him run his election campaign too.

Abidi is no more. He was attacked outside his home in Khayaban-e-Ghazi area on Tuesday night. The dream of a united MQM has perhaps gone away with him.

Even MQM’s rivals liked him because of his sense of humour. He was known to be one of the saner voices within the MQM.

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  1. Zain Ali  December 26, 2018 1:55 am/ Reply

    Dear Roohan,
    Thanks for covering this story, i met Ali bhai in 2009 when he was the in charge of Professional Research and Advisory Council ( PRAC) – a department of MQM. I joined under his in charge-ship. He was humble and down to earth man.

    Since you are in the field of journalism, i have a plea if you can raise my thoughts to law makers or any concern authorities to de-weaponize pakistan. Gun violence has taken too many precious life from us whether it is a target kiilling or aerial firings on occassion.

    Just to benefit some people in the industry, we are constantly bearing the loss.
    Economy of Pakistan is also getting low due to uncertainties and security issues.

    Civilians should not possess any gun so we can move towards the peaceful Pakistan .

    In the end, i cant express my thoughts throught words how depressed i am to hear about this loss. Ali Raza bhai will always be missed.May his soul rest in peace ( aamen)

  2. Qasim Hussain Naqvi  December 26, 2018 1:51 pm/ Reply

    Pakistan has lost the true face of Pakistan. Ali raza abdi was the real face of Pakistan. I live in London from lahore and not mqm member.
    But his untimely death and brutal murder has touched us a lot.
    I personally like ali raza abdi. Young talented blood foreign educated.
    I have no words to express my grief and sorrow.
    My heart is pouring out.
    I can’t believe that such an iconic personality is no more with us.
    Karachi now looks like a city in Amazon jungle where anyone can kill anyone. No SECURITY at all.
    I don’t understand such a public figure ali raza abdi why he don’t have SECURITY guards with him.
    I am in the state of shock
    First amjad sabri then junaid bhai and now ali raza abdi.
    Regards Qasim Hussain Naqvi.

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