Pakistanis Share Personal Anecdotes As They Grapple With The Assassination Of Syed Ali Raza Abidi

assassination of Syed Ali Raza Abidi

Pakistan went in a state of shock on Tuesday evening as television channels across the country began airing news of the assassination of Syed Ali Raza Abidi. The former MQM leader was shot dead by 2 unidentified gunmen outside his residence in Karachi. Abidi, 46 years, was alone in his car at the time of the attack. He was rushed to the hospital by his father but the doctors were unable to save his life.

Known for his easy-going persona and his ability to engage with individuals across the political spectrum, the news of Abidi’s death sent shock waves across Pakistan.

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Unlike the mandatory condolence messages that pour in after such a tragedy, there was an acute sense of personal loss evident from the tweets of his political friends and rivals.

President Arif Alvi, a fellow Karachite was among the first people to react, remembering Ayed Ali Raza Abidi as one of his closest friends.

From his former colleagues at MQM to leaders from PPP, PML-N and the ruling PTI, Abidi’s untimely demise seemed to have left everyone in a state of shock and denial.

However, political leaders were not the only ones who seemed shaken. Pakistanis from virtually all walks of life have been lamenting the fatal attack on Abidi by sharing personal anecdotes and recent interactions with the deceased leader.

The assassination of Syed Ali Raza Abidi has left a void, both at the political as well as the personal front for many. He was certainly not just another politician, but one who had touched many a lives. Long after the dust around his assassination has settled, Abidi will be remembered for his sharp wit, his helpful nature and his bright smile.

May he rest in eternal peace!

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