Karachi: 2 political activists gunned down
KARACHI: Two political activists were gunned down in as many incidents in the city on Monday, police said.
The incidents of politically motivated targeted killings continue unabated in the metropolis, as 15 activist have so far been killed since last month.
In the first incident, assailants targeted an activist of the Aamir Khan-led faction of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, better known as MQM-Haqiqi, in Korangi.
The police said that 45-year-old Mahmood Hasan was riding his motorbike when armed men targeted him near Indus Morr in Korangi.
“A few eyewitnesses told the police that they saw two men who were wearing helmets on a motorbike intercept the victim as he slowed down over a speed-breaker. One of the attackers got off the motorbike and fired multiple shots at him,” said the SHO of the Zaman Town Police Station.
The victim sustained three bullet wounds and died on the spot, he said, adding that the attackers escaped. The police found some six casings of spent bullets fired from a 9mm pistol at the crime-scene.
In the second incident of the day, a member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party was shot dead in North Karachi’s Sector 7-C.
The area police said that Haji Muhammad Hanif, 45, was hit by seven bullets fired by one of the two bikers who spotted him near Anda Morr.
“Two men on a motorbike attacked him when he was walking through the Anda Morr intersection within the remit of the Sir Syed Town Police Station,” said DSP Altaf Hussain, the area’s supervisory police officer. “Both the riders were wearing helmets and escaped the scene in a flash after executing the job.”
The police said that the victim was a resident of the same area and associated with the PS-101 of the PPP’s organisational structure. He was also a member of the area Zakat Committee.