Two policemen gunned down in Karachi
KARACHI: Two policemen were gunned down in different parts of the city, while a head constable was suspected to have committed suicide in his home on Sunday, officials said.
Mystery surrounded one of the killings when police collected a spent bullet casing from the balcony of an apartment where an inspector was found lying in a pool of blood, but could not find a weapon from the crime-scene.
The police said that Inspector Zulfiqar Qaimkhani was found lying in a pool of blood in the gallery of his flat in the New Karachi police lines on Sunday.
“A 9mm bullet had pierced his head, entering from the right and exiting through the left,” New Karachi SP Zafar Iqbal said.
The investigators found a spent bullet casing of 9mm pistol in the gallery. The family was quoted as saying that as a matter of routine he returned from his morning walk and was standing in the balcony of his apartment when the incident occurred.
The victim’s wife and children were at home at the time of the incident, but none of them heard the gunfire, New Karachi SHO Kamal Naseem said, suspecting that a silencer-fitted pistol might have been used in the killing.
The police ruled out the possibility of it being a suicide, citing that they could not find any pistol in the balcony.
The family spotted the inspector lying wounded in a pool of blood. Subsequently, he was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Inspector Qaimkhani was recruited in the police department as an assistant sub-inspector in 1997 and worked with slain inspector Taufiq Zahid for some time. He was later promoted to the rank of sub-inspector and then inspector.
He was posted in the security zone after his recent postings as the SHO of the Bilal Colony and Sharifabad police stations.
The victim’s cousin, Shamsher, later lodged an FIR (82/2011) against unidentified suspects at the New Karachi police station under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention).
In the evening, a police constable was shot dead in Quaidabad while he was heading to work, officials said.
They added that police constable Bukhsh Ali was on his way to the Sukhan police station from his house in Hasan Panwar Goth in the Shah Latif area on his motorcycle when unidentified persons riding a motorcycle fired at him at Goji Morr.
The policeman was wounded and rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead. He was married and had three children.