Karachi: PPP leader among eight gunned down
Karachi: A Pakistan People’s Party leader was among eight people gunned down as the spate of target killings continued to plague the city on Saturday, with tension prevailing in various localities, but mainly in the Gulistan-e-Jauahar area. Meanwhile, unidentified men opened fire at a protest against gang-related violence in Lyari, injuring eight of the participants.
Syed Amir Shah and his friend Khalid Jakhrani were targeted in the Gulistan-i-Jauhar area. The Police said that the incident took place on Saturday evening within Blocks 11 and 12 of Gulistan-i-Jauhar near the Munawea Chowrangi.
During investigations, it was found that the deceased Syed Amir Shah was also the President of the Peoples Unity of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and a leader of the PPP, while his friend Jakhrani also an activist of the People’s Party.
The two men were heading towards their house from Jauhar Chowrangi in Amir’s Corolla when four men riding two motorcycles ambushed them and opened fire. The assailants fled after leaving both their victims injured. Locals rushed the injured to a private hospital, but both Amir Shah and Khalid Jakhrani succumbed to their injuries. The victims had suffered multiple bullet wounds in various parts of their bodies.
As news of the incident spread, activists and leaders of the PPP launched a protest within the hospital premises, while some unidentified men resorted to aerial firing outside the medical facility. In Gulistan-e-Jauhar, armed miscreants forced shopkeepers to pull their shutters down and within a few moments the entire area was closed. After completing legal formalities, the police handed over the body of Amir Shah and Khalid Jakhrani to their heirs.
Investigators termed the double murder as a targeted killing, adding that the police had seized the vehicle and also recovered empty casings of a TT pistol from the spot. Amir Shah was a resident of Rufi Green City in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. He was married and left behind a widow as well as five children. They added that the other victim Khalid Jakhrani was a close friend of Amir Shah’s and hailed from Larkana. He was also resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar.
The Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasaan took notice of the targeted killings of Amir Shah and Khalid Jakhrani. He ordered the police to arrest the killers within 24 hours. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Sindh Home Minister directed the Addl. IG Karachi Saud Ahmed to constitute a special team dedicated to bringing the killer to justice. Talking to the media, the home minister said strict action would be taken against the culprits regardless of their influence and clout. He also praised the services rendered by Amir Shah to the PPP.
In a separate case, the tortured and bullet riddled bodies of two teenage boys were found lying near Anwer & Co on the Baba Bhit Road that lies within the Napier police limits. The Police said that after retrieving the bodies, they shifted them to the hospital and during the examination; the youngsters were identified as 18-year-old Tabreez 18 and his 17-year-old cousin Feroze. The boys had been brutally tortured by unidentified criminals, who after killing them. dumped their bodies in the aforementioned area.
The police added that the deceased were residents of Metrovil in SITE. According to the family deceased, the boys had left their house to repair Tabreez’s mobile phone at around 5:00pm on Friday. At about 6:00pm, Tabreez called his father Mohammed Ayub who worked at a shop in Ghas Mandi to ask for money to pay for the repair bill of his cell phone. The father told him to leave the phone for repairs and pick up the cash from his shop.
After that, both Tabreez and Feroze had gone missing and Ayub tried several times to contact them on their cell phones, but to no avail. On Saturday morning, their brutally tortured and bullet riddles bodies were found from the Napier area.
Investigators suspected that the unidentified assailants had abducted both the boys and killed them due to a personal enmity. The police, after completing the legal formalities, handed over the bodies to the parents of the victims. Both the deceased were Matric students.
During the burial procession, enraged family members of deceased launched a protest in the Metrovil SITE area and torched a minibus. Both the deceased were Matric students.
For Zameer Ali Jokhio, it was a common robbery that led to his demise. He died after receiving fatal injuries during a theft which took place outside his residence two days prior in Memon Goth. According to Police, he was a compounder by profession and was undergoing treatment at a hospital after the snatching episode, but unfortunately he breathed his last on Saturday.
In yet another target killing, Gul Mohammed Khan was shot down by two men riding a motorcycle while he was present outside his shop that sold motorcycle parts near Mosmiyat Chowrangi.
The family recovered the body before a post mortem was conducted and refused to lodge a First Information Report (FIR). Nonetheless, the case was reported at the Sachal police station and an investigation is still underway.
The streets of North Karachi were also bloodied on Saturday when Ayaz was gunned down by two men riding a motorcycle who fled the scene after meeting their mark. Police said that the deceased worked at a hotel situated near Abdul Complex in North Karachi.
Irfan alias Anu was standing outside his Orangi Town residence in Sector-11 ? when yet another pair of men riding a motorcycle opened fire at him. Although he was rushed to the hospital, medical treatment could not save him and he breathed his last having suffered two bullet wounds. Investigators believed that he was murdered over sectarian strife, adding that the deceased was also a supporter of a political group.
Meanwhile, eight people including two women were injured after unknown assailants opened fire during a peaceful protest staged against Lyari gang violence on Mauripur Road.
After police reached the scene, the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital and officials managed to restore law and order after several hours of facing resistance.
The injured were identified as Ms Rasheeda Begum, Mohammed Siddiq, Mohammed Farooq, Khurram, Ms Fareeda Bibi, Asghar, Bilal and Irfan. The News was informed that their medical condition remained stable and a case was reported at the Kalri police station.