Karachi: 3 brothers shot dead for saving girls from gang of lechers
KARACHI: Three brothers were killed on Wednesday while trying to stop some boys from teasing some girls. Their brother and married sister were injured while trying to save them.
The incident took place in Pathan Colony, where before lunch resident Aqil pulled a girl’s veil down. Brothers Bahadur, Sadiq and Farooq fell upon Aqil but other people managed to pull them apart. The brothers then returned to work. When they went home for lunch, however, gunmen entered their house and shot them. Their sister, Zahida, who is married and was visiting, and another brother, Omer Muhammad, sustained injuries while trying to save them.
“I was on the next street when I heard the gunfire,” said Khan Mohammad, a resident. “The assailants were fleeing when I reached.” But they were armed so he could not do anything.
All five were immediately rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Their cousin Mumtaz told Daily Times there that the assailants were drug peddlers and were affiliated with a prominent political party, because of which they impose themselves on the area and do whatever they want.
This was apparently not the first time something like this had happened. According to Mumtaz, the three brothers had prevented other girls from being harrassed by the same group that was notorious in the area. Mumtaz has named Aqil, Khanzada, Rehmat alias Mannan, Khalid Dad, among others, as the assailants in the police report.
The three brothers hailed from Swat, NWFP, and had moved to Karachi many years ago, where they ran a hairdressing shop near their residence at Sunar Wali Gali near Malang Hotel, Pathan Colony. Of the three, Bahadur has left behind five children, Sadiq four, while Farooq was a bachelor. No FIR was registered and no arrest made till the filing of this report.
Omer Mohammad recently got married and is the father of little child. Talking to Daily Times from his hospital bed, he said that he was in his room playing with his child. The armed men kicked the gate off, asked the victims’ names, then opened fire immediately.
“Nobody helped us,” said Omer Mohammad. “My brothers always fight with them to stop them from teasing girls. It was not only about protecting our cousin but also of the other girls.” If no action is taken against such people, many girls will be harassed, he claimed. SITE Town SP Ather Rasheed Butt said that he has been ordered to take the matter up with the officers concerned and take action against the culprits.