An alleged target killer of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Saeed Bharam, has confessed to carrying out target killings on directives of senior MQM leaders including Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhter, a local court was apprised on Friday. The confessional statement was submitted to the court which held hearing on appeal of Bharam. Saeed Bharam has already confessed to attack on the Sindh Secretariat and Police Head Office in Garden, apart from several murders including of lawyers, the court was told. In the confession, the suspect said key MQM leaders, including Nadeem Nusrat, Farooq Sattar, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhter and Haidar Abbas Rizvi, used to give him directives for the killings. “MQM leader Muhammed Anwer once called me and ordered to constitute a team of target killers for wiping out opponents. “I formed the team of target killers comprising Saulat Mirza, Ajmal Pahari and others,” he said. Bharam said his teams conducted several target killings and arson attacks in Karachi. The court asked the prosecutor of Sindh Rangers that how many cases were registered against the MQM target killer. He replied that an anti-terrorism court had sentenced him to life imprisonment. “There are solid evidences against Saeed Bharam, so the punishment should be maintained,” he pleaded to the court. The prosecutor apprised that the target killer was also involved in murder of an MQM-Haqiqi activist Syed Ibrar Hussain and a case was registered against him at Nabi Bukhsh police station in October 2009. The court has adjourned the hearing till February 11 for absence of Saeed Bharam’s counsel. Published in Daily Times, January 12th 2019.