COAS orders probe into MQM worker’s custodial death

KARACHI:  Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif Wednesday ordered a probe into the death of an activist from Muttahida Qaumi Movement who was in the custody of the city’s paramilitary Rangers.

MQM’s Aftab Ahmed had been in custody since Sunday.

He complained about chest pains and was taken to hospital where he died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday, the Rangers said in a statement.

Later, the Rangers said they had suspended an unspecified number of personnel related to Aftab’s death and that a “high-level” committee had been formed to investigate it.

General Raheel also ordered a probe into his death, military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

MQM’s senior leader Farooq Sattar appealed to the Supreme Court to take notice of the “extra-judicial killing”.

The Human Right Commission of Pakistan also condemned the incident.

“The circumstances of Aftab Ahmed’s death, and why a number of apparently healthy people in Rangers’ custody develop serious conditions or even die, must not go uninvestigated any longer,” it said.-AFP