13 citizens lose life in Karachi target killings
KARACHI: Thirteen people, including a Sunni Tehreek (ST) activist, two Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers and a Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) man, were killed in ongoing wave of target killings and different incidents in the metropolis on Thursday.
According to details, three armed men entered the house of SI Mohammad Iqbal, 45, and shot him dead. They also shot and injured his son, Umair, 19, when he raised hue and cry. The injured was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he succumbed to the injuries.
DSP Altaf Hussain said the victim was deployed at the Investigation Department of Orangi Town and his murder was a target killing incident because the culprits did not looted any thing.
A ST activist, Farooq Qadri, 34, son of Saghir Mohammad, was shot dead in a target-killing incident at Gosht Market in Bhimpura area in the limits of Risala police station. SHO Ghulam Nabi Wago said the victim was the resident of Haji Ilyas Building, Bhimpura.
According to eyewitnesses, at least two armed men targeted him. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities. On getting information, a large number of ST workers and area leaders rushed to the hospital and chanted slogans against the government. Tension gripped the area after the incident. Unidentified armed men also opened aerial firing after which all shops and major markets were closed in the area.
A former bodyguard of MQM-H leader Amir Khan was shot dead on Suparco road in the jurisdiction of Mobina Town police station. The victim was identified as a 45-year-old Ikhlaq son of Rafiq, resident of Malik Society, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Police said the victim was the activist of MQM-H Amir Khan group unit 157 Liaquatabad and father of four children. MQM-H leader Feroz Haider said the victim was the former gunman of Amir Khan and was an activist of their organisation. No case was registered till filing the report.
A PPP activist was shot dead near Agha Juice Centre in the remits of North Nazimabad police station. The victim, 42-year-old Ashraf Ali, son of Musarat Ali, was the resident of Ali Heights, Block L, North Nazimabad. He was going home on his motorcycle when two armed men opened fire on him, resultantly he died on the spot. The body was shifted to the ASH for postmortem.
According to the police officials, the victim was an activist of PPP and the personal enmity might be behind the incident. The bullet-riddled body of a young man was found from Bengali Para in the limits of Pak Colony police station. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. The police found his body near Bismillah Hotel, Bengali Para. SHO Malik Ayub said victim received two bullets in his head. He said the victim appeared to be a Bengali speaking. The police shifted the body to the CHK for legal formalities and later moved to Edhi Morgue for identification. The police have registered a case against unidentified men on the complaint of state.
Another activist of PPP, who sustained injuries on Wednesday at PIDC Bridge, succumbed to his injuries at the CHK on Thursday. SHO Jackson police station Naeem Ahmed said 43-year-old Gull Nawaz Khan, son of Rahim Khan, was the resident of Hijrat Colony and father of four children. PPP district south information secretary Shahbaz Akhter said the victim was the activist of PPP PS-112 and hailed from Haripur Hazara, adding his body was shifted to his hometown after offering of funeral prayers.
A man was shot dead in Frontier Colony, Orangi Town in the precincts of Pirabad police station. The victim, 55-year-old Shakir Ullah, son of Jam Khan, was the resident of Frontier Moor. He was shot dead while going home by two unidentified armed men. SP Khurram Waris said victim hailed from Swat. The body was shifted to the ASH for an autopsy.