2 killed outside Karachi jail
KARACHI: A man accused in a murder case and a policeman were killed in a shootout outside the Karachi Central Jail in the morning on Saturday. Thirty-five year old Mohammad Ali Memon, who was on bail in a murder case, came to the judicial complex inside the jail with some friends to get a date for a hearing from Additional District and Sessions Judge (South) Ghulam Rasool Sammo. As they emerged from the court and reached the PIB Colony intersection, scores of men surrounded them and opened fire. Memon died on the way to hospital and three others were injured, said Jamshed SHO Fawad Akhwan.
Memon’s friend, Gizri PS Head Constable Bilal Hussain, 40, died on the spot, and 35-year-old Agha Jalal is in critical condition at Liaquat National Hospital. One of the friends, Nisar Ahmad, who survived, told the police that the people who attacked them were in a white jeep fitted with a blue light and sporting the flag of a political party. The police said that they retrieved three licensed TT pistols from the bodies.
SHO Akhwan put it down to an old enmity. Memon was a property dealer and also ran a car showroom in a partnership with members of the Magsi tribe. However, they went their separate ways some years ago. Memon was then charged with the murder of an Ismail Magsi in 2006 at Baldia.
The murder’s FIR No. 213/06 was registered at Baldia Town police station. Later on, in retaliation, members of the rival group killed Memon’s elder brother Javed. Memon and all of his friends were residents of Saeedabad, Baldia Town. After coming out on bail and the death of his brother, Memon move to Lahore. The attackers used different types of weapons such as Kalashnikov guns, TT pistols and 9mm pistols. They fled the scene within 45 seconds. The officer said there was no party flag on the jeep. PIB Colony and Martin Quarters were tense in the morning. Scores of police and ambulances reached the scene, raising more alarm.