5 more killed amid violence in Orangi
KARACHI: Five people, including a political activist, were gunned down on Wednesday in separate incidents of firing in Orangi Town, which remained the most volatile part of the city amid a fresh wave of target killings, police and party sources said.
As Qasba Colony and other parts of Orangi Town remained tense on a second consecutive day following the murder of Pakhtun Students Federation activist Imran Afridi on Tuesday night, police authorities saw the killings mainly on ethnic grounds and planned to meet community leaders on Thursday in an attempt to stem the violence.
In the early hours of Wednesday, 37-year-old activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Mushtaq Kutchi was killed in Bheempura. The incident caused panic and people ran for safety.
As the armed riders sped away, people returned to the spot only to find Mushtaq lying dead in a pool of blood, the inspector said quoting witness accounts.
Tension in the locality increased further when residents along with some MQM activists while taking the body home after the medico-legal formalities came under an armed attack. “The firing left three youngsters wounded,” said a police official.
He said all the three were taken to the civil hospital. “Two of them have been identified as Riaz and Jibran, residents of the same area,” the official said.
Tension persisted even after sunrise that almost brought all commercial activities to a standstill.
In the afternoon, two young brothers were attacked at their shop near Qasba Colony in Sector 5-A of Orangi Town, police said.
Quoting witness accounts, an official of the Pirabad police station said that 24-year-old Mohammad Ali and his brother, Mohammad Sajid, were shifted to the Qatar Hospital, where the former died during treatment.
Just a couple of hours later armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on two roadside vendors in the neighbouring Qaddafi Chowk in Orangi Town No 1.
The firing left 24-year-old naswar seller, Zia-ur-Rehman, and food vendor, 32-year-old Mohammad Yaqoob, dead on the spot, said SP of Orangi Town Khurram Waris.
Hyder Khan, in his mid 30s, was shot dead near his home by armed men on a motorbike. “The attackers, both wearing helmets, took a few seconds to execute their job,” said an official at the Mominananad Police Station. He said the victim suffered two gunshot wounds.