Legislator shot dead

January 18, 2013 - 3:23:00 am

KARACHI: A Pakistani lawmaker from a coalition partner in the government was shot dead with three of his guards in a drive-by shooting in Karachi yesterday, police said.

Manzar Imam, 42, belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which dominates Karachi.

“A member of the Sindh provincial assembly was killed with three of his guards when gunmen on two motorcycles intercepted his car in Orangi neighbourhood and shot them with automatic weapons,” police said.

Many markets closed and people rushed home to avoid any potential violent backlash.

It is the second shooting of an MQM lawmaker in over two years in Pakistan’s business centre, with a population of 18 million.

The death of MQM lawmaker Raza Haider in an ambush in August 2010 sparked ethnic and politically-linked violence that killed scores of people.

Meanwhile, militants detonated explosives in a government preparatory junior school in the northwest. There were no casualties. The blast in the school in Lund Khawar in Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province partially damaged the main building.                          Agencies