KARACHI: A suspect affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday confessed to his involvement in 12 May and Tahir Plaza incidents which saw many political workers and lawyers killed in 2007 and 2008 during lawyers movement for restoration of the then chief justice of Pakistan.
A leaked video that was reportedly made during the course of investigation, Kashif Qadir said he carried out the killings at the behest of MQM chief Altaf Hussain. “MQM chief gathered party workers a day before May, 12 and asked to stop Chief Justice’s rally come what may,” Kashif said in the video.
“Two teams were setup for this purpose,” he said adding that the MQM workers were positioned at the FTC bridge where they resorted to firing. He also alleged that before the burning of lawyers at the City Court in 2008, MQM chief asked MQM workers not to spare anybody.
The suspect also admitted to killing Advocate Sohail Anjum, Wahid Anjum and six workers of the Sunni Tehreek. He claimed that the Suuni Tehreek workers were murdered on the orders of Hammad Siddiqui.
Kashif Qadir said his father worked in construction sector and joined the MQM after being intimidated for paying extortion.
According to Private TV Channel, the video was recorded as part of the investigation carried out by a Joint Investigation Team (IJT). The JITs often consist of officials from police, Rangers and intelligence agencies.
Reacting to allegations made in the video, the MQM said the video was part of the media trial of the party.
At least four people were killed when gunmen opened fire from flyovers in Baloch Colony and FTC on people passing through the Shahra-e-Faisal on May 12, 2007.
Six people were killed in Tahir Plaza when unknown men set fire to the building in April 2008.-Web Desk