MQM London leader Professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif was found dead in a car in Karachi’s Ilyas Goth area on Sunday, police said.
“The body of Hassan Zafaf Arif, son of Maqbool Hassan, 70-72-years-old, was found from car number ANC-016, Lancer silver at Ilyas goth,” station house officer at Ibrahim Hyderi police station confirmed.
“The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC),” he added.
The SHO said that the cause of death will be ascertained after a post-mortem examination is conducted. “Further investigations are ongoing,” he said.
At JPMC, Dr Seemi Jamali said that no signs of torture or bullet wounds were found on the body.
She added that further details will come forward once the post-mortem examination is complete. The body has been shifted to the mortuary to ascertain exact cause of death
Senior Superintendent Police Malir Rao Anwar also said that no marks of torture were found on Dr Arif’s body.
In October 2016, Dr Arif was taken into Ranger’s custody from outside the Karachi Press Club, where he was due to address a press conference along with other leaders of MQM-London.
He had been booked for allegedly facilitating and listening to a controversial speech of MQM founder Altaf Hussain in which he reportedly tried to outrage religious feelings, criticised the military establishment and asked his workers to extort money from the traders.
In April 2017, he was released from Central Jail Karachi after an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued his release order.
Dr Arif was an associate professor at the University of Karachi and a former fellow at Harvard University.