Karachi: Violence claims seven more lives
Karachi: The city was witness to more bloodshed on Friday as seven people, including a contractor of the Sindh government and his security guard, were shot dead in various incidents across the sprawling metropolis. Sixty-year-old Haji Ghaffar and his two security guards suffered bullet wounds when armed men riding two motorcycles opened fire on his four-wheel drive vehicle near Ghulam Hussain Road which lies within the Garden police limits. The victims were on their way home when the attack took place and the assailants managed to flee from the scene of the crime.
Hearing the heavy gunfire, locals rushed to the scene and saw the victims lying in a pool of blood. They immediately informed the police, who reached the scene of the crime and rushed the injured to the hospital in a critical condition. However, Haji Ghaffar and his 24-year-old security guard, Naveed, breathed their last on the way to the medical facility.
When Ghaffar’s family was informed about his untimely demise, they reached the hospital and took possession of the body without fulfilling the legal formalities.
The body was then transported to Ghaffar’s native town in Quetta. The police said that the victim had just received a contract to begin construction work at the Civil Hospital.
In an unrelated incident, 35-year-old Sultan Shah was gunned down by unidentified assailants on a motorcycle in Machar Colony. The incident took place within the Docks police jurisdiction. According to the law enforcers, Shah’s murder was yet another case of target killing.
In another case, 25-year-old Muhammad Imran lost his life when armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him near Ghas Mandi, within the Kalakot police limits. The police believed he was specifically targeted.
Another 25-year-old named Sajid Ali was gunned down within the Quaidabad police limits. The deceased was on his way home when the attack took place.
Locals rushed to the spot and saw the victim lying in a pool of blood. After being informed by locals, the police rushed to the spot and took the injured to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in a critical condition. However, Sajid succumbed to his injuries during treatment. The police said that the deceased belonged to an ethnic group and was killed in a targeted attack.
Meanwhile, the tortured and bullet-riddled body of a 19-year-old was found in a park near the Jamia Masjid Madni in Block-5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
A passerby came across the teenager’s body and immediately informed the police. The law enforcers reached the scene and shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for post-mortem.
The medico-legal officer (MLO) of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital revealed that the body bore torture marks and four bullet wounds.
Yet another unidentified body of a man appearing to be in his mid-twenties was discovered in some bushes in Sector 5/D of North Karachi in the Sujrani Town police limits.
Passersby saw the body and informed the police, who later shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities. The MLO said that the body bore torture marks and multiple bullet wounds.