Karachi: Killings raise tension in various towns of the city
KARACHI: According to the Dawn News on Tuesday, several towns of the city remained in the grip of tension on Monday as funeral prayers were offered for some victims of targeted killings and burial took place. They were killed in incidents of firing on Sunday night. Business activities could not begin as shops and markets remained closed in many areas of at least three towns. The west zone of the police organisational structure appeared to be the worst-affected where funeral prayers of all five victims were held. During the funeral prayers of two brothers — Noman and Nabeel — at Jama Masjid Siddiq-i-Akbar near Nagan Chowrangi, traffic remained suspended and shops closed. Funeral prayers of another victim, Ansar, were offered at Ghausia Masjid in Muslim Town of North Karachi. The three victims were stated to be activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat — formerly (proscribed) Sipah-i-Sahaba — and were killed when they came under fire in Sector 11-E of New Karachi. They were buried in the Mohammad Shah graveyard of North Karachi. Business and commercial concerns in parts of North Karachi also remained closed and public and private transport off road, as frequent gunfire crackled the area forcing the residents to stay indoors. “Since last month our 15 workers have been gunned down only in Karachi,” said Maulana Rab Nawaz of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat while addressing dozens of people attending the funeral prayers at Nagan Chowrangi. “The government and security authorities have failed to establish the writ of law in Karachi.” At the same time during the funeral prayers of another victim at Imam Bargah Shah-i-Karbala, traffic on main Nazimabad Road remained suspended and business closed. Dozen of people staged a sit-in on the road to condemn the killing of 37-year-old Tanveer Abbas, who fell prey to armed men’s firing in Nazimabad within the remit of Rizvia police station. “The terrorist elements have been given a freehand to target innocent people on sectarian ground,” alleged Allama Abbas Kumaili. “Despite repeated assurances and warnings, we have not seen any action from the administration, police or security agencies.” Business in parts of Nazimabad, Gulbahar, Rizvia Society and Golimar remained completely closed. However, officials claimed that there was no untoward incident reported during and after the funeral prayers. Tension also prevailed in the area during the funeral prayers of a political party’s activist, Mohammad Farhan in mosque in Federal B Area, Block 16.