MQM-P’s worker died of cardiac arrest, not police violence: Saeed Ghani


On Thursday, Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani refuted Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) statement that its party worker’s death was due to police violence.

Ghani said the death in Karachi a day earlier was due to a heart attack.

Several MQM-P workers were injured when the Sindh police resorted to baton-charge and fired tear gas on their sit-in outside CM House.

The MQM-P was protesting against the controversial local government law.

Three people, including MQM-P’s MPA Sadaqat Husain, were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). The MQM-P leadership had said that their worker died while being treated at the hospital.

Ghani refuted the claim in a press conference yesterday.

“Although an unpleasant incident happened outside the Chief Minister House, the police were left with no option. They had to take action against the protesters to guard the prestige and dignity of the country,” Ghani said.

He was speaking to journalists at the Sindh Assembly’s committee room.

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“A well-thought-out plan had been formulated behind the incident of the previous day to air negative repercussions regarding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.”

“From the information in front of us, it seems the MQM-P worker died due to a heart attack. He was rushed to Karachi Institute of Heart Disease and then shifted to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases,” Ghani said, recalling yesterday’s events.

“We are sad that a person died regardless of the reason. But, there is no evidence that he died due to violence,” the minister said.

It is pertinent to mention here Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of the violence against protestors of the MQM-P and sought a report on the incident.

“I have taken notice of the violence by Sindh police against MQM’s protest against Sindh’s LG law. I have called for a detailed report from the Interior Ministry, Sindh Inspector General and Chief Minister Sindh,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.

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