No let up in Karachi voilence, eight more killed
KARACHI: The non-stop violence, which has disturbed the social and commercial activities of the city, escalated on Monday with the killing of eight more people, taking the death toll in four days to 36.
The target killing claimed eight more lives, including those of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP), in different parts of the metropolis.
The law enforcement agencies have failed to control the untoward situation in the city as not a single target killer has been apprehended.
According to details, an activist of the ANP was gunned down at Munawar Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar within the limits of Sharah-e-Faisal police station. The body of Humayun, 24, son of Azhar Wali, was found from Munawar Chowrangi, where unidentified armed men, after kidnapping and murdering him, threw the body and fled.
Humayun was the resident of Block 8, Gulistan-e-Jauhar. While he was going home after closing the ANP UC office along with fellow activists Kareem and Jaffar, unidentified armed men came on a motorcycle and opened firing on them.
They sustained bullet injuries. Police shifted them to the nearest private hospital Darul Sehat for medical treatment. However, ANP spokesman Qadir Khan alleged that when Humayun was being shifted home after receiving medical treatment, unidentified armed men came and during the presence of police officials, kidnapped Humayun and after two hours dumped his body at Munawar Chowrangi.
The victim hailed from Kohistan and was working with a constructor in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The dispute between Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Shahrah-e-Faisal police station over lodging an FIR still looms as no case was registered till the filing of the story.
Tension engulfed Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Pehalwan Goth, Rabia City, Kamran Chowrangi and surrounding localities as unidentified miscreants torched a passenger bus and one passerby Shareef was injured by the firing of unidentified men. ANP spokesman demanded of the Sindh chief minister and interior minister to lodge an FIR against SHO’s of Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Sharah-e-Faisal police stations and arrest the culprits involved in the murder of the ANP activist.
Separately, a teenage boy was shot dead in Khajoor Market, Kharadar police said. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained, while police found his body. SHO Ghulam Nabi Afridi said the victim was around 19 years of age and received five gunshots to different parts of his body, adding that eyewitnesses told the police that armed men on three motorcycles came, made the victim stand up, sprayed him with bullets, and fled.
The officer said police received five empty shells from the spot, adding that the victim appears to be Kachi and there is a possibility that the Lyari gangster is involved in the murder. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities and later moved to the Edhi morgue for identification. Police registered a case against unidentified men on complaint of the state and started investigation.
An activist of the MQM, who was injured four days ago in Bohrapir due to the firing by unidentified men, succumbed to his injuries at CHK on Monday, Eidgah police said. The victim Mushtaq, 19, son of Zubair, was the resident of Mughal Compound and injured when he was returning home after attending the funeral of a MQM Unit 29 Incharge, who was killed at Mughal Compound. Tension engulfed Ranchore Line, Lea Market, Bolton Market and the surrounding areas; shops and markets were closed due to the untoward situation.
In anther incident, a teenager was shot dead in Shadman Town in the limits of Sharah-e-Noor Jahan police station. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained, while police found his body from Sector 14-A, Shadman Town. Unidentified armed men threw the body of the teenager and fled.
After getting the information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Police officials said the victim received three bullets in the chest and head, and appears to be a Bengali national. Police shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) and later moved it to the Edhi morgue for identification.
An elderly man was shot dead in Khadda Market, Lyari due to firing by unidentified armed men within the jurisdiction of Baghdadi police station.
The victim 65-year-old Mohammad Khan, son of Zareen Khan, was the resident of Memon Society Daryabad. Unidentified armed men came on more than five motorcycles and opened indiscriminate firing on him. He died on the spot, while two passerbys sustained injuries. The body and injured were shifted to CHK for medico-legal formalities and medical treatment.
After the incident, Khadda Market, Machi Market, Rattan Talao, Jodia Bazaar and other markets were closed due to the uncertain condition in the locality. SHO Tassawur Hussain said the victim had no political affiliation with any political party.
Furthermore, police found a bullet-riddled body from Yaro Goth, Gaddap Town in the precincts of Sarjani Town police station. SHO Mussadiq Rafique said the victim received one gunshot to his head and several torture marks on his body, adding that the victim appears to be a Siraiki and his identification is yet to be ascertained. Police shifted the body to ASH and then moved it to the Edhi morgue. Police registered a case against unidentified men on complaint of the state.
Similarly, police found bullet-riddled and torture-marked body from Block K, North Nazimabad in the jurisdiction of Sharah-e-Noor Jahan police station. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. Victim’s hands and legs were tied with ropes with four gunshots to the body. Police said the victim appears to be of Hazara. Police shifted the body to ASH for postmortem and later moved it to the Edhi morgue for identification. No case was registered till the filing of this story.
Police found another bullet-riddled body of a young man from Gabol School, Quaid Azam Colony in the remits of Mobina Town police station. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. He was standing near Gabol School situated at Quaid Azam Colony Block 4-A, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, when unidentified armed men came and opened fire on him. He died on the spot. His body was shifted to JPMC. Police said the victim received two gunshots and appears to be Baloch.