Karachi: 4 political activists gunned down
KARACHI: In just one week, more than 30 people have fallen victim to target killings in Karachi. The violent incidents, which were initially restricted to old city areas, spread to other parts of the city, including the defunct district central, on Sunday.
In the early hours of Sunday, armed men on a motorbike attacked a unit office of the MQM in the Nazimabad area, killing an activist and leaving another injured.
The police said that 45-year-old Ghulam Hussain, who was associated with the party’s Unit 167 and lived in Nazimabad, was killed in the attack. He was the father of two.
“Another worker, 42-year-old Shafiq Ahmed, was also wounded. Both workers were standing outside the unit office when it came under an armed attack,” said an official at the Gulbahar Police Station.
About an hour later, armed men struck again and targeted another MQM worker in the Lyari area.
“Twenty-five-year-old Kamran Khatri was found shot dead in Moosa Lane,” said an official at the Baghdadi Police Station. “He might have been kidnapped before he was gunned down. He was the resident of the Daryaabad area in Lyari and worked as a salesman at a Saddar shop. He was an active member of the MQM.”
The violent incidents continued even after the sunrise and this time armed motorcyclists targeted another MQM worker, 28-year-old Shahzad Hussain, near the Met Office parallel to the main University Road.
The police said that the victim was shot dead when he was sitting outside an auto-workshop for some personal work.
“He was hit by 14 bullets,” said an official at the Mobina Town Police Station. “He was the resident of an apartment building on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road. He was associated with the MQM’s Gulshan-e-Maymar unit.”