Karachi: MQM, PPP workers among five gunned down
Karachi: The city witnessed further bloodshed at the beginning of the week as five people, including activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the People’s Aman Committee, were killed on Monday.
Fifty-year-old Ahmed Brohi was killed when unidentified assailants attacked him in his house in the Singo Lane area late on Sunday night. Police said the gunmen pulled out their weapons following a discussion and opened fire on him. He suffered multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot.
Brohi was an activist of the PPP and was married. It is believed that he was killed due to a personal enmity. In another incident, 38-year-old Zahid Magsi and his son Faiz Magsi were gunned down on Monday afternoon in the Khadda Market area, which lies in the Baghdadi police limits.
Police said that Zahid had come to drop his son off at a place for tuition when armed men riding a motorcycle arrived at the scene and opened fire on them. The attackers fled, leaving both of their victims in a pool of blood.
The father and son were rushed to hospital, where both of them succumbed to multiple bullets wounds. Zahid was a gravedigger at the Mewa Shah graveyard and resided in Pak Colony. He was married and an activist of the PAC. Investigators believed that the double murder was a target killing. After completing legal formalities, the police handed over the bodies to the grieving family.
Relatives gathered at the residence of the deceased to offer to condolences to the family. During this period, they were informed that a relative of Zahid, named Latif Baloch, was targeted near the Mewa Shah graveyard. Baloch and his younger sister had come to Karachi from Winder in Balochistan after they heard of Zahid’s murder. The police said that both victims were on their way to Zahid’s residence to condole with the family when they were also targeted near a shrine just a few yards away from the Mewa Shah graveyard.
They added that Baloch succumbed to multiple bullet wounds, while his sister Razia also suffered injuries. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the deceased was a resident of Winder in Balochistan and came to Karachi after he heard of Zahid’s death.
The victims were in their car and targeted when they reached the area. Investigators said that Baloch was also the victim of target killing. Meanwhile, they added that initial investigations suggested that Zahid and his son Faiz were killed by the Sheru and Bilal groups.
In yet another case, 32-year-old Mateen and Sanaullah fell victim to gunmen near the Noor Hotel in the old Sabzi Mandi area. The incident took place late on Sunday night in the Peer Illahi Bux (PIB) Colony police limits. Two others were also injured in the attack.
Police said that armed men driving a car arrived at the scene and opened fire on both men and fled. As a result, Mateen, Sanaullah and two others were injured. The injured were rushed to hospital, where Mateen and Sanaullah succumbed to wounds.
Mateen was an activist of the MQM’s PIB sector and a resident of PIB Colony, while Sanaullah worked at a local barbeque restaurant. The police said Sanaullah was passing through the area when he fell victim to target killing.
Following the murders, tension spread in the area as armed men resorted to aerial firing, forcing shops to close. The situation remained tense in the area till Monday evening.
Investigators said that the criminals carried out the attack in a red car and used 9mm pistols and sub-machineguns (SMG). The police also collected several empty casings from the crime scene. They termed Mateen’s murder a target killing and registered a case. Further investigations are under way.