Abidi arrested over Patel Para killings

Non-bailable arrest warrants of Sharjeel, others

Staff Reporter

Karachi—Former Pakistan People’s Party Senator Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested during an early morning raid at his Karachi residence on Saturday, police said.
Confirming his arrest, Jamshed Quarters SP Tahir Noorani said Abidi was taken into custody in connection with the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area of the metropolis a day earlier.
“Police have arrested Faisal Raza Abidi over his alleged involvement in the double murder case,” said SP Noorani.
Abidi is now in custody of the police investigation department for interrogation, the police official said.
The murders happened on Friday as armed pillion riders shot the two men dead near the Fatima Bai Hospital and fled away.
The double murder was followed by killings of three members of ASWJ at Shafiq Mor in North Karachi and a prayer leader in Hyderi Market.
Counter-Terrorism Department official Raja Umer Khattab says that the same group was involved in all six murders of Friday as the police’s forensic lab report confirmed that the same weapon was used in three separate incidents.
Before his arrest, police and Rangers personnel arrived at the former Senator’s residence in the city’s New Rizvia Society in at least 10 vehicles at around 2:30am.They searched Abidi’s house for about half an hour before taking him into custody.
Meanwhile, an Accountability Court on Saturday again issued non-bailable warrants for arrest of former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other accused in the Rs5 billion corruption reference.
The court while re-issuing the arrest warrants of the accused directed them to appear before the court on Dec 3, 2016.
The accountability court heard corruption reference against Sharjeel Memon and other accused on charges of misuse of power and authority and embezzlement in distribution of government advertisements amounting to Rs 5 billion.
The court provided copies of the reference to the accused Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani and Mansoor Ahmed, other co-accused in the Rs5 billion corruption case.
The PPP leader is living in self-exile in London for over a year after law-enforcement agencies launched a crackdown against politicians and bureaucrats on various corruption cases.
The NAB had filed a corruption reference against Memon, other information department officials and advertising companies’ representatives for illegalities in the process of awarding contracts worth over Rs5 billion for official Sindh government awareness campaigns for the electronic media.

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