Karachi: MQM man, eatery worker killed
KARACHI: Tension gripped parts of PIB Colony and the area around the Old Sabzi Mandi where two men, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, were gunned down in the early hours of Monday, police said. They said armed occupants of a car fired at the people sitting outside a roadside eatery near Old Sabzi Mandi. The firing left four people, including an MQM worker, wounded.
“Fifty-year-old Muhammad Mateen, 30-year-old Sanaullah, who worked at the eatery, and two passers-by, Salahuddin and Sajid Ahmed, sustained bullet wounds,” said Inspector Tariq Islam, the SHO of the PIB Colony police station. “All the wounded were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where Mateen and Sanaullah died from their wounds. Mateen was a known MQM activist and it appears that he was the target of the attack that also claimed Sanaullah`s life.”
He said that victim Mateen was the resident of the same area and ran a carom club for a living. However, he said, it was not yet clear whether he was targeted for his political association or any personal reasons.
Heavy gunfire was heard in the area after the incident that forced traders to pull down their shutters. The situation remained tense even after sunrise and regular business in the area remained suspended till the evening.
“Sanaullah hailed from Rahim Yar Khan and was employed with the eatery for the last three years. The condition of the other two wounded is said to be stable,” added the area SHO.