KARACHI: Rangers on Saturday said that accused Umair Siddiqui was involved in target killing of 120 political rivals.
The Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), in a statement here, said the accused who was in their custody, was assigned the task to kill rivals of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
The accused confessed that he had formed a target killing team on the directives of former Incharge, Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) Hamad Siddiqui. The team comprising 23 target killers from different units of the party in the city allegedly killed 120 opponents of the MQM.
The former Incharge KTC used to give instructions to him (Umair) for killing different people, including Rangers’ Lance Naek Shaukat, former senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s guard Shahid Hussain and MQM leader Aamir Khan’s nephew Sabihullah, the statement said.
The accused further admitted that the killing team not only targeted the party’s rivals but was also involved in the killing of MQM’s own workers, including Tahir alias Nadeem SP.
The accused, during interrogation, also stated that in 2008 former deputy convener of the party Anis Qaimkhani, in a meeting, allegedly issued instructions for expediting target killing on linguistic basis.
Umair further admitted that he was also engaged in purchasing arms for the armed wing of the party.
He said in February 2015, all sector incharges were directed to deposit extra arms and ammunition in their respective sectors at the party headquarters to escape the seizure of arms during possible raids.
These arms and ammunition were shifted from one place to another in ambulances, he added.
The alleged target killer confessed that MQM’s sector incharge, Baldia, Rehman Bhola along with his associates had set the factory in Baldia Town on fire.
He also stated that 250 to 300 absconders were residing around “Nine Zero”, who were also involved in the target killings.
He claimed that in the last general elections, 60 or 70 MQM workers had managed to cast bogus votes in Maymar sector in favour of MQM candidate. For this purpose, he disclosed, a presiding officer was summoned to the party’s sector office and was convinced to facilitate polling of bogus votes. At each polling station, 15 to 20 boxes of bogus votes were handed over to the presiding officer.