Karachi: 10, including MQM activist, lose life in different incidents
KARACHI: Ten people, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in target killings and other incidents that took place in the metropolis on Sunday.
A 25-year-old man, Mohammad Azam, son of Mohammad Aslam, an MQM activist associated with Unit 67-C, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Sector, was gunned down while standing near his residence in Block-13-D, Gulshan–e-Iqbal police precincts.
He suffered two bullets, one in head and other in chest, and was shifted to a private hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. Later, his body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for an autopsy.
Tension prevailed in the area following the incident while a heavy contingent of law enforcers rushed to the scene to avoid any untoward incident. No case was registered till filing the report, as the family was busy in burial rites.
In other incident, two young men were shot dead near Kamran Chowrangi within the jurisdiction of Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station. The victims were identified as Atiq, 21, son of Minajuddin, and Shera, 27, son of Haji Sharif. They were friends and resided in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The bodies were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities. The police officials said that the victims were Pakhtoons and had no link with any party. They said that victims hailed from Peshawar and their families took their bodies to their hometowns for burial. The case was registered against unidentified persons.
Similarly, a teashop owner, who was also a Pakhtoon, was shot dead and another wounded in a firing incident at the teashop located on Rashid Minhas Road within the jurisdiction of Sharah-e-Faisal police station. The deceased was identified as Abdul Wahid Khan, 45, son of Abdul Aziz Khan and the injured as Gul Fayyaz, 40.
Police officials said that the deceased used to run a hotel in the area, adding two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on them and escaped. The case was registered.
Separately, a dismissed policeman, Maher Ali, 40, son of Hassan Baloch, was shot dead in Kalri police precincts. The police officials said that the deceased was dismissed from service about 11 years ago but was linked to the gangsters groups in Lyari and was presently running a criminal group in the area. They said that several cases of crimes had also registered against him. The police suspected that his group members had killed him.
In another incident, a 70-year-old man, Kamal Khan, was gunned down while he was asleep outside his house in Macchar Colony within the limits of Docks police station. The police officials were not aware of the motive behind the incident. However, a case was registered on behalf of victim’s son Iqbal against unidentified persons.
In yet another incident, a 26-year-old man, Syed Shah, son of Hazrat Shah, was gunned down in a target killing incident in Qasba Colony within the jurisdiction of Pirabad police station. Police officials said that the police identified the victim with the help of CNIC found from his possession. He was Pakhtoon and hailed from Abbottabad. They said that unidentified culprits shot at least three bullets in the victim’s head, leaving him dead.
Meanwhile, an alleged dacoit was killed during an encounter with the Rangers near Karimabad bridge within the limits of Gulberg police station late on Sunday night. Police officials said that the encounter took place when the deceased along with companions was looting the mobile phone and cash money from the passersby, adding that Rangers’ personnel tried to intercept them and during encounter, one dacoit who was later identified as Jahangir was killed while others managed to escape. One TT pistol was also recovered from his possession. No case was registered.
Another man, 40-year-old Gul Zair, was shot dead near Johar Morr in the limits Shahrah-e-Faisal police station. Police said Gul Zair was on his way to home when armed men intercepted him and shot him dead. The assailants fled after swift operation. The body was sent to the JPMC. Political affiliation of the deceased and motive behind the murder could not be ascertained yet.
A young man allegedly committed suicide at his house in Nazimabad No 1 within the jurisdiction of Rizvia police station. Police officials said Ayaz, 25, son of Ghulam Rasool, shot himself to death at the roof of his house. They said according to initial investigation, the deceased fell in love with someone and committed suicide over marriage refusal.