ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Rahil Sharif on Wednesday ordered a probe into the death of Aftab Ahmed, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and coordinator of Farooq Sattar who had earlier died in Rangers’ custody.

According to the ISPR, after the army chief ordered an inquiry, Sindh Rangers Director General Bilal Akbar has formed a team headed by Rangers’ sector commander to probe the issue. The DG Ranger also suspended a security official under whose custody the MQM leader has been given.  

The Rangers had arrested him on Sunday and presented him in an anti-terrorism court on Monday and the court had given his 90 days remand to the paramilitary force.

During detention, Ahmed’s health deteriorated and he was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College where was pronounced dead. His autopsy report has not been made public.

The MQM alleged that the Rangers tortured his during custody which led to his death.