Professor Hassan Zafar Arif Found Dead in Karachi

Senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London chapter, Professor Hasan Zafar Arif, was found dead Sunday morning in Karachi

Ibrahim Haideri ASI Ameer Hussain said they recovered Arif’s body from the backseat of a car in the city’s Rehri Goth area.

Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre emergency department in-charge Dr Seemin Jamali said the body did not bear any torture or bullet wounds.

She said further details will be determined after a post-mortem.

The professor’s family also reached the hospital after the incident.

Malir SSP Rao Anwar said when the police checked the body after being informed of it, the late professor’s nose was bleeding.

He added that in case there are torture marks or any other external wounds, the police will register a case.

MQM-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar, speaking to the media in Multan, expressed sympathy at the news and said that Arif belonged to MQM-London.

In October 2016, Sindh Rangers took Arif and another MQM-London leaders into custody from outside the Karachi Press Club before they could address a press conference.

Prior to his detention, Arif had been named in a coordination committee, formed by the MQM’s London based founder, to handle party affairs following Sattar’s breaking away from the party and forming MQM Pakistan

Dr Arif was a notable  intellectual and also taught  Philosophy at the Karachi University.

Following his detention by the Rangers, Dr Arif was released from jail in April 2017.Investigation from Hassan’s relatives has also been launched.