17 killed in Karachi violence Dozens of vehicles, shops torched; 253 arrested, arms recovered
KARACHI: Seventeen people, including law enforcement personnel, were killed during 24 hours of violence in the city, which had started on Wednesday night. Dozens of shops and vehicles were torched during the strife.
The violence erupted in response to a statement given by ex-home minister, Sindh, Zulfiqar Mirza, on Wednesday night, which created tensions throughout the province. As a result of the violence, the whole of Karachi city came to a standstill on Thursday. There was no public transport while most people stayed indoors. All small and major shopping centres remained closed while the same was the case with public and private offices. There was little traffic on the city’s main artery, Sharae Faisal, and the main business hub, the II Chundrigar Road. Many people had been trapped in marriage halls and factories the previous night, managed to get home early in the morning.
Earlier, late on Wednesday night, armed men had killed four people — Dr Ziauddin in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, an unidentified woman in Hussainabad of Azizabad police limits, a young man in Shah Faisal Colony while a tortured body was found from Usmanabad area of Garden.
As the night wore on, the violence continued. In Saeedabad area, armed men killed Amanullah, 32. The deceased was a resident of Swat Colony and a labourer by profession. In another incident in Saeedabad late on Wednesday night, some residents of Baldia Town came out of their homes to protest the statement given by Zulfiqar Mirza near the Ruby Cinema, Baldia. The police reached the spot to control the situation when unidentified persons opened fire, resulting in an exchange of fire between the people and the police. In the crossfiring, eight people got injured, who were identified as Fahim Dehlvi, Zeeshan, Noman, Ghulam Hussain, Ijaz, Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Shaheen and Ahmed Deen. The injured were moved to hospital where during treatment Fahim Dehlvi succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was a resident of Chandni Chowk, Lea Market.
The tortured and bullet-riddled body of an unidentified man was found from the Baghdadi area. Police said that the body was packed in a gunny bag and recovered from the Khadda Market of Baghdadi.
Meanwhile, Adnan was shot dead while Faisal got injured in the Ferozeabad police limits. The incident happened near the Noorani Kabab House on Wednesday night. The deceased was a resident of Khudadad Colony, Brigade. He has left behind a widow and children.
Early Thursday morning in Gulshan, a Sindh Rangers personnel Iqbal, son of Abdul Hameed, was targeted. Police said that the deceased Iqbal was a Sepoy in Rangers and was shot near Maskaan Chowrangi. He was rushed to hospital where during treatment he succumbed to his injuries.
A bus conductor, Hafeez Ahmed, 19, was shot dead in Surjani Town area. Police said that the incident happened in Sector-7A, Abdullah Goth, near the F-18 bus stand. The deceased was a resident of Khuda Ki Basti, Surjani town, and hailed from Swat.
On Thursday morning, armed men targeted a police van of Al-Falah police station on the Jamia Millia Road. Police said that due to the disturbed law and order situation, they had called personnel from Sindh Policeís Rapid Response Force (RRF).
The RRF personnel with Al-Falah police team were patrolling the Jamia Millia Road, when armed men riding motorcycles opened fire upon the Al-Falah-I Police Mobile. Due to firing, Police Constable Aftab got injured, while the criminals escaped. PC Aftab was rushed to hospital where during treatment he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was posted at the RRF headquarters and hailed from Dadu, Sindh.
A tortured and bullet riddled body was found from the Napier police limits on Thursday morning. Police said that the body was found lying near Ghanchi Para.
Also, on Thursday morning, Amjad, 46, was gunned down in Liaquatabad. Police said that the deceased was a labourer by profession and a resident of Sindhi Hotel, Sharifabad. Also on Thursday, a car painter Asif was shot dead in New Karachi area. In North Nazimabad, Sameer, 11, was gunned down due to aerial firing, which had started late on Wednesday night. Moreover, in Nazimabad No-2, Mohammed Amir was killed, while Faisal Khan was shot dead in Gulsitan-e-Jauhar.
According to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, 19 injured people were brought in for treatment. At the Civil Hospital, 11 injured were brought, while seven injured people were taken to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center.
Meanwhile, vehicles, shops and hotels were torched in different areas. In Gulistan-e-Jauhar, a carpet shop was torched near Jauhar Chowrangi, a general store in Block-19, while five other vehicles were also burnt.
On Shahrae Pakistan, a coach was torched, a mini bus was burnt in New Karachi, in Korangi Town, four vehicles, including two trucks, were torched. In Nazimabad No-2, a truck was torched, while a taxi and a rickshaw was torched in Shah Faisal Colony.
In Liaquatabad, seven vehicles, including a truck and a Hi-roof, were torched. At Sakhi Hassan, armed men attacked the bus stand of 2-K where some 45 buses were stationed. The miscreants threw chemicals on the buses, burning 10 of them while the rest were saved by rescue teams.
On the Northern Bypass, a dumper was torched and a milk loading truck was burnt near Karimabad. Moreover, many pushcarts were torched near Jauhar Chowrangi and in Water Pump area.
During the last 24 hours, the Karachi and Hyderabad Police arrested 253 miscreants involved in the incidents of violence in both cities. Fourteen pistols and four revolvers were recovered from their possession, a CPO press release stated. Till our going to the press, the situation in some parts of the city was still tense.