Sayyed Raza Haider, MQM parliamentarian and member of Shia Community was killed with his gunmen in a mosque when he was doing Wuzu (ablution) to participate in a funeral of his friend’s mother.
The attackers shouted “Allah O Akbar” when started firing from sub machine guns and pistol. Raza tried to go inside the mosque for rescue but was brutally killed as no place is sacred for the terrorists.
Sayyed Raza Haider was elected from Orangi Town, and was ex-sector Incharge Orangi Town, which was once a stronghold of the rival faction MQM(Haqeeqi). During the fierce fight between the two, a large numbers of political workers were killed in the rivalry.
After ’02 elections when MQM became a part of the ruling coalitions. In the name of demolishing ”No go areas”, Haqeeqi’s leadership was arrested against murder and other charges, and active workers were killed or forced to rejoin MQM. Haqeeqi Central Office ” Baitul Hamza” was levelled to the ground. MQM reemerged as the unquestioned force in Karachi.
MQM and Haqeeqi rivalry has another less discussed aspect, the sectarian aspect. MQM has a broad political base and it comprises people from all sects but Haqeeqi mostly was a Deobandi exclusive and hardcore sunni militant group Sipah E Sahaba sympathizer. Even Afaq is said to be the among those who torched “Ali Basti” in late 70’s. The writer heard many SSP and LeJ affiliates praising Afaq for his support to them.
Again coming to the Orangi Town, here a reasonable population from the Biharis belong to Shia sect, and were targeted by the SSP/Haqeeqi affiliates. When Orangi was recovered from Haqeeqi, many active members of them were killed in encounters, target killings and many escaped. And now the area was in full control of the MQM. But unfortunately the worsening law and order situations and political killings in the area are continued. In the last few months many active members of MQM in Orangi Town are killed by unknown attackers supposedly the Haqeeqi guys.
Being an active political worker, MQM parliamentarian and member of Shia community, Sayyed Raza Haider was threatened many times by these sectarian goones, but he was a fearless person, as he was one of the most vocal person against these terrorists monsters. In his election campaign in his constituency, he criticized the terrorists and their sympathizes religio-political parties for their dubious role. He won the election with a big margin, and was a proactive parliamentarian speaking on the public issues and participating in parliamentary proceedings.
The terrorists have achieved more with this murder as they got rid of a strong opposer as well as they have forced the whole city to an anarchy where more than 60 people are killed, assets and properties worth millions are burnt and it shall continues as the political forces have started gaining political interests from the unfortunate incident, and no one is acting sensibly in the whole killing saga…