MQM worker died in police custody

KARACHI: A worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) allegedly committed suicide in the custody of Pak Colony police on Monday.

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“Waseem alias Raja committed suicide while in custody by hanging himself using a piece of cloth,” claimed Police spokesperson.

The police officer added that a policeman heard a “strange voice” coming from the lock-up late Sunday night. He rushed towards the lock-up, only to find Waseem hanging.

Police say the MQM worker was detained on Sunday after he was caught carrying an illegal weapon.

MQM-London has condemned the incident. Party leader Nadeem Nusrat said in a statement that Waseem was “killed extra-judicially”, alleging that at least 67 of its party workers have been murdered like that.

Separately, the MQM-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar confirmed Waseem, a party worker in Orangi Town of Karachi, had died in custody.

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