Karachi: The confessions of a ‘daily-wage target killer’
Karachi: Majid alias Kaloo allegedly involved in the Lyari gang war confessed in a court on Thursday to his involvement in several target killings.
Kaloo was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (West 1) Ashfaq Ahmed Nizamani in a bus hijacking and murder case that occurred in the Pak Colony limits, Old Golimar area.
Investigation Officer Mohammad Saleem had filed an application in the court that the accused wanted to record his confessional statement.
The magistrate, accepting the plea, gave two hours to the accused. Declaring his guilt before the court, Kaloo said he along with four other absconding accused used to kidnap people and murder them.
The magistrate asked him whether he was ready to confess, to which he replied in the affirmative. When the magistrate told him he would be sent to jail whether or not he confessed, he said he had come prepared to go to jail.
When the judge asked the accused if he was admitting his guilt under any threat, influence or fear of anybody, he replied in the negative. The judge then asked for a physical check-up of the accused to ascertain whether he had been tortured in police custody.
Kaloo told the magistrate that he was confessing “due to the fear of God” as he had finally thought of “clearing his conscience”. During cross-questioning, he said he along with his absconding accomplices used to murder people and dump their bodies in bushes soon after taking extortion from them.
He said in his statement that Munawwar Pathan, one of the absconding accused, used to give each one of them Rs300 per day for kidnapping and murdering people. This was the first-ever confessional statement made by any target killer in the court.
According to the prosecution, Majid alias Kaloo along with the absconding accused — Munawar Pathan, Mullah Aftab, Hasil alias Geegee and Gwadri — was nominated in an FIR registered by the Pak Colony police under the Pakistan Penal Code.
They were booked for kidnapping people from a bus at midnight on July 28 near Purana Golimar. They took the passengers to an unidentified location and killed them. Irfan Khan, a resident of Asif Colony and brother of one deceased, Imran Khan, lodged an FIR.
Kaloo was arrested during a Rangers operation in the Lyari area, said the prosecutor. He was sent to jail till September 18. The magistrate directed the IO to submit a charge sheet against the accused on the next hearing date.