KARACHI - Rangers have arrested the suspected killer of MQM worker who was shot dead after the Rangers raid at the party headquarter Nine-Zero on March 11.

According to Rangers’ spokesperson, during a raid at Shedadpur, Sindh, Rangers arrested a suspect Asif Ali who is involved in the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) worker Waqas Shah.

Waqas was gunned down during violence erupted outside Nine-Zero after the Rangers raid at the MQM headquarters nine-zero on March 11. He said accused Asif, during the initial course of investigation, revealed that he reached Nine-Zero after seen the footage of the raid at party headquarters along with his wife. He was also carrying a pistol. The accused tried to force the party worker to start violence against the raid. The accused during the violence pull out his pistol and shot Waqas Shah, aiming to create a violence-like situation and raising question over the Rangers’ action, he added. The accused further revealed that after the shooting he managed to escape from the site and threw his pistol in the riverbed of Yaseenabad area.

The spokesperson said when the video footage of Shah’s murder hit the TV screens, Asif was summoned to Nine-Zero by the MQM leaders including Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. They promised to conduct a press conference in his defence but no member of the MQM Coordination Committee had talked to him when he reached the party headquarters. Later, the accused escaped to interior Sindh. Rangers’ spokesperson said accused Asif had served as the MQM’s unit in-charge of Gulistan-e-Johar area. The suspect has also confessed about collecting extortion in terms of forceful Fitrana donation and the skins of sacrificial animals.

On the other side, MQM Coordination Committee has condemned the arrest of Asif Ali, saying the Rangers had arrested Asif on May 12 and recently disclosed his arrest. The committee alleged that dozens of people are the witness of Waqas murder who was shot dead by the Rangers firing.