Former lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi assassinated in Karachi

09:29 PM | 25 Dec, 2018
Former lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi assassinated in Karachi
KARACHI - Ali Raza Abidi, the former member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan was assassinated in Karachi on Tuesday.

According to SSP South Karachi Pir Mohammad Shah, Abidi was attacked by unknown gunmen in Khayaban-e-Ghazi area of the metropolis as he was disembarking from his vehicle to enter his house.

He was rushed to PNS Shifa Hospital for treatment, however, he succumbed to his wounds.

Ikhlaq Abidi, the father of the politician, told newsmen that gunmen were riding a motorcycle and Abidi received two bullets to his neck in the attack.

Police have launched investigations into the incident while Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kaleem Imam has taken notice of the incident and sought a report.

Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the incident and directed the relevant authorities to catch the murderers of Abidi.

Ali Raza Abidi remained a member of the National Assembly from 2013-2018. Earlier, in the evening, Abidi posted a tweet and criticized the sitting regime.

In September, Abidi had announced his resignation from MQM-P’s basic membership citing “personal reasons” after the party ignored him in allotting ticket for NA-243 by-election, however, did not hand in his resignation to the party’s office-bearers directly and posted a hand-written resignation letter on social media.

The former MQM leader was a well-educated politician and did his immediate schooling from Karachi St. Patrick School. He got his degree from DHA Degree College and degree from S.M Commerce College. Then he went to states to complete his marketing degree from Boston University.

Ali Raza Abidi had plenty of experience in marketing sector and was the CEO of Akhlaq enterprises.

The attack came days after two workers of Pak Sarzameen Party were shot dead in Karachi.

PM Imran Seeks Report

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound grief over the assassination of Syed Ali Raza Abidi. The premier expressed condolence with the bereaved family and summoned a report on the matter.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also condemned the former lawmaker’s killing. He expressed grief and said that Abidi always played an effective role in politics.

Condolences pour in

As soon as Ali Raza Abidi was pronounced dead, scores of social media users condoled the death of politician describing him as a friendly person.


The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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