Rashid Godil Recovering from Attempt on his Life
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Rashid Godil was critically wounded after unidentified armed men opened fire at his vehicle near his residence in Karachi's Bahadurabad area on Tuesday following which he underwent emergency surgery and is currently in critical condition at the Liaquat National Hospital.
Hospital sources said that the MQM leader suffered five bullet wounds on his chest, head and arm.
After the attack, Godil was shifted to a nearby hospital where his condition was stated as critical owing to excessive loss of blood. He underwent surgery at a private hospital and was later put on ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit of Liaquat National Hospital, according to Anjum Rizvi, the spokesperson of Liaquat National Hospital.
Rizvi added that said that Godil's driver, who was also injured in the incident, was shifted to the Aga Khan University Hospital where succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Rizvi earlier morning confirmed that though critical but Godil is recovering fast and would be taken off his ventilator soon.
Godil was travelling with his driver and a family member when the attack took place. Details of the family member's condition are not known.
Gulshan SP Abid Qaimkhani said that unidentified motorcycle-riding armed men intercepted Godil's vehicle and fired eight bullets after identifying the Muttahida leader.
He added that eight spent bullet casings of a 9 mm pistol were recovered from the spot.
A view of eight 9mm bullet casings recovered from the attack site by police. — Local TV screengrab
Fear and panic gripped the city as markets and shops closed down their businesses in different areas after the attack.
MQM leader Syed Ali Raza Abdidi tweeted that Godil's condition was stable and wished a speedy recovery of the wounded leader.
Alhamdolillah he is stable. At CT Scan now. Prayers needed. His driver has expired. Please don't pay heed to false news being run.— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) August 18, 2015
Sindh's senior Minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party condemned the attack on Rashid Godil and termed the incident an attempt to ruin the atmosphere of the city.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson Shireen Mazari also issued a tweet condemning the attack.
Condemnable attack on MQM ldr Rasheed Godail. Praying for his life. Seeking to murder anyone is unacceptable.— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 18, 2015
Targeting an MQM ldr will only aggravate the situation in Karachi & only an enemy of Pak wld have this intent.— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 18, 2015
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