Karachi: ANP leader’s killing sparks violence
KARACHI: A leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) was killed by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday, sparking violence that brought some parts of the city to a standstill and raised questions about the veracity of the authorities’ claim that peace will be ensured during the forthcoming general elections.
Accompanied by a friend, senior vice-president of the ANP Fazal Rahman Kakakhel was leaving Al Asif Square, an apartment building near Sohrab Goth, in the afternoon when two armed persons riding a motorcycle drove up and opened indiscriminate fire.
“The episode lasted barely 15 seconds,” said an official of the Sachal police station. “Mr Kakakhel died on the spot while his friend Usman was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.”
The police official told Dawn that the assailants, who got away, were not recognised by any of the people in the area and no one felt confident about giving a visual description.
The incident triggered violence in mainly ANP strongholds where citizens fled indoors in fear. Minutes after the killing, traffic became thin and movement was gradually suspended in these areas. Worst affected were the Super Highway and adjoining areas where enraged youths pelted stones at moving vehicles before burning tyres on the road. Unknown men also set on fire two cars and as many motorcycles parked near Al Asif Square while later, charged youths armed with sticks and stones harassed passers-by and snatched their cell phones and cash. All of Sohrab Goth shut down in wake of the violence and some buses coming from outside the city were forced to turn back. However, police authorities insisted that the situation posed no threat to law and order in the city.
“This is protest, not violence,” said Noman Siddiqui, SP Gulshan Town. “A reaction from the party is natural since they lost a senior leader. However, we are in touch with the senior ANP leadership in the effort to keep such activities harmless.”
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