8 shot dead, several vehicles torched
Karachi: At least eight people, including two activists of the Awami National Party (ANP), were killed in incidents of violence in different parts of the city on Saturday.
In the wake of a strike called by nationalist parties on August 13, the city remained in the grip of violence from Friday night to Saturday afternoon during which several vehicles were damaged or torched.
However, police came to action after some time and rounded up some 11 suspects carrying arms and petrol bottles. Two bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from inside a car near Shahnawaz Bhutto Chowk in the Pak Colony police limits early on Saturday morning.
The deceased identified as Ubaidullah (35) and Sualeh (32) were kidnapped by unidentified criminals who later tortured them to death and dumped their bodies in the area. Ubaidullah 35, who hailed from Mandkai, Balochistan, was an employee of the Levis Security Company and lived in the Malir area, while Sualeh was living in Patel Para after he returned from Dubai some two to three years ago.
Both the deceased were cousins. Sualeh had gone to the house of Ubaidullah in Malir City on Friday evening. Later, both were travelling in Ubaid’s car when they went missing. Police described the double murder as part of ongoing wave of target killings.
A hand grenade was lobbed at Bangash Hotel in Nazimabad late on Friday night due to which three people sustained injuries. The injured were taken to hospital where Arshad expired during treatment. The deceased was a resident of the same area and worked as an operator at the Diamond CNG Station, Nazimabad. He was sitting at the hotel after completing his duty but died in the grenade attack. He hailed from Hazara.
Later, tension gripped Nazimabad, Shamim Shaheed and Rizvia areas where armed men of two rival groups exchanged fire. During the gun battle, some miscreants threw hand grenades in the Naderia area of Nazimabad, leaving two ANP activists — Kamran Khan, 22, and Noor Zaman, 60 — sustained serious injuries and later died in hospital.
Kamran hailed from Swat, Naeem Khan from Peshawar and Noor Zaman from Bunair (Swat). MQM activist Ameen Yousuf received injuries near Gol Market, while another MQM activist, Kashif received bullet injuries in Nazimabad No-3.
Later, contingents of police and Rangers moved into the affected areas and brought the situation under control after some resistance from miscreants.
On Saturday morning, a rally of a nationalist party was moving from Jauhar Morr to Jauhar Chowrangi and when it reached near Hill Top Lawns on the Jauhar Bridge, armed men opened fire, leaving some participants injured. Besides, miscreants torched a water tanker near Shah Faisal Colony Gate when two groups clashed in the area.
Tension spread in the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and created a law and order situation. Police teams reached the spot and came to action but the situation in the area remained tense till the filing of this report. The bullet-riddled body of a man, stuffed in a gunny bag, was recovered from near the Dhabeji water pipeline in the Bin Qasim police limits. Police apprehended that the murder might have been committed over a personal enmity.
A 65-year-old man, Toor Khan, was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle near the Habib Bank Chowrangi. He was a resident of Pathan Colony and hailed from Waziristan. Saeed Khan, 25, was killed in a similar shooting incident at Dawood Chowrangi in the Landhi police limits.