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Multiple torture marks found on MQM worker’s body

Multiple torture marks have been found on the body of a senior worker of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement who allegedly died in the custody of paramilitary Rangers, according to a postmortem report.

The MQM had claimed that senior party leader Farooq Sattar’s coordinator Aftab Ahmed died while he was in Rangers’ custody in Karachi.

42-year-old Ahmed, a father of five, was arrested from Karachi.

A high-level inquiry ordered by army chief General Raheel Sharif has found that a senior worker of the MQM who died in the custody of the paramilitary Rangers was subjected to torture.

Over 35 per cent of the body was covered in bruises and abrasions, the postmortem report said yesterday.

Ahmed, died two days after he was picked up by the paramilitary force in a raid at his residence in Karachi.

The rangers, however, had claimed that Ahmed had died from a heart attack.

The MQM held peaceful protests here demanding an independent inquiry into the death of Ahmed. The MQM had been complaining that it is being targeted as part of the military operation launched in 2013.

Senior party leader Sattar said that the autopsy proves that their party colleague was tortured prior to his death.

“Around 3,000 of our workers bear torture marks on their bodies. It is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies to expose such black sheep amongst them and get rid of them,” he said.

The MQM leader said that the army chief should also take notice of the 65 other ‘missing’ party workers who are in the custody of law enforcement agencies but have not been produced in courts.

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