Killing of JSQM leader sparks protests, 1 killed


HYDERABAD: At least one man was killed and several others were wounded after a leader of the Jiye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Maqsood Qureshi, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a car.
The killing triggered tension in interior Sindh and Hyderabad on Friday. One man was killed in the ensuing protests and three persons were injured in firing by armed men near Sakrand Road, Nawabshah. Aerial firing was also reported from other districts, which injured several others. A burnt car was spotted along Bhiria Road, Naushero Feroz, with two bodies in it. Police said one of the bodies was identified as that of Maqsood Qureshi, while the other one was his companion, Salman. 
As soon as the news of Qureshi’s death spread, law and order situation in various districts of interior Sindh began to deteriorate. Armed men took to the streets and resorted to aerial firing, forcing closure of businesses. Trade activities came to a halt in Hyderabad, Larkana, Ratodero, Qambar Shahdatkot and other small districts of the province. According to reports, Maqsood Qureshi was going to Karachi to mobilise party workers in connection with his party’s “Freedom March” rally on March 23 in the province. JSQM Vice chairman Dr Niaz Kalani said the killing of Qureshi was a plot to fail their “Freedom March”. Maqsood was a brother of the late JSQM chief Bashir Qureshi, who died in Sakrand, Nawabshah, in 2012. Initial reports suggested that Qureshi died of cardiac arrest. Later reports stated poisoning as the cause of death. 

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