Karachi: PPP, ANP activists, cop among four shot dead
Karachi: The recent wave of target killings continued in the city on Wednesday as four people, including activists of the Pakistan People’s Party and the ANP, were killed in separate incidents. The victims included a police constable who had been shot dead.
Tutti Gul, 32, was gunned down in the Qasba Colony. The police said that the man had come to the market where he set up a stall to sell bedsheets and blankets.
While Gul was conducting his business, some criminals arrived at the scene and attempted to extort money. When the shopkeepers resisted, the assailants opened fire, injuring the victim and two other women who were at the stall. The gunmen fled from the scene after carrying out the attack.
The injured were shifted to hospital, where Gul succumbed to his wounds. The deceased was an activist of the ANP’s Bacha Khan Ward and a resident of the same area. Soon after his killing, tension developed in the area and armed men resorted to aerial firing, forcing the closure of shops.
During the unrest, miscreants torched a van in the area. Meanwhile, Rangers and the police reached the scene and tried to diffuse the situation. After facing hours of resistance, the law enforcers finally managed to bring the situation under control. The deceased’s elder brother, Islam Gul, was killed during the May 12, 2007 violence in the city.
In a separate case, Sarwar Khadim Karejo was shot dead near the Teen Talwar roundabout of Clifton Town.
Upon investigation, it was found that Khadim was heading towards his residence and had reached the Teen Talwar signal when armed men opened fire at his vehicle. The victim tried to accelerate and escape, but was injured in the continuous firing.
After carrying out the attack, the assailants fled. The injured was then moved to hospital where he succumbed to his bullet wounds. The police started collecting evidence from the crime scene and also seized the vehicle that was used by the deceased.
As the investigation continued, police arrested one of the suspects allegedly involved in the murder. The law enforcers did not disclose the name of the detainee as the investigation is still in its initial stages.
Investigators said that the assailants had chased Sarwar Khadim from the Boat Basin area and killed him in the Frere Hall police limits. They believed that the victim had been shot dead due to a personal enmity. He was a resident of CM Sindh Quarters and an activist of the PPP.
In another incident, 36-year-old Police Constable (PC) Shahzad Maqsood was shot dead on the Hub River Road.
The Saeedabad police said that protesters had blocked the Hub River Road to protest against the continuous power outages and load shedding. During the demonstration, miscreants started damaging public property.
The law enforcers called for backup and soon a few mobile units from the Moachko and Baldia Town police stations reached the scene to bring the situation under control. However, armed gunmen made their way into the protesting mob and opened fire on the policemen near the Mowach Morr of Saeedabad.
As a result, PC Shahzad Maqsood was injured and later succumbed to his injuries while he was being treated at the hospital. The deceased officer was a resident of the Swat Colony in Saeedabad and left behind a widow as well as three children.
In yet another case, Saif-ur-Rehman was shot dead, while b suffered bullet wounds when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at the victims as they were sleeping outside a hotel on the Sheedi Village Road. The police said that the assailants managed to flee from the scene of the crime after carrying out the attack.
Investigators said that the deceased and the injured were labourers by profession and worked at a tea shop. They termed Rehman murder as a targeted killing and added that some reports had suggested that the owner of the tea shop had been receiving threats from a group when they refused to pay extortion.