Target killings resurface on the very day of SC verdict
Karachi: Four people, including activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Sunni Tehreek (ST), were gunned down in acts of target killing on Thursday, the day when the Supreme Court announced its verdict on the law and order situation in Karachi.
Incidents of target killing significantly decreased after the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of violence in the city in August, the most violent month in Karachi’s recent history when hundreds of people were killed in ethnic violence.
On Thursday, the SC observed in its verdict that the PPP, MQM, ST, JI and the ANP were involved in criminal activities, asking these parties to expel criminal elements from their ranks and files. However, on the same day, four more people were killed in target killings.
Noor Ali Khan, 22, was shot dead by armed men near Sultanabad in the Manghopir police limits. Police said that the murder was an act of target killing.
In another incident, Kamran, alias Burger Wala, 32, was gunned down by two armed motorcyclists in PIB Colony Bazaar, while he was sitting in his shop. Police said that the deceased was an MQM activist.
An unidentified young man was shot dead by two armed men near KMC Workshop.
Also, Zubair Zaheer, 25, an ST activist, died when a stray bullet hit him after his party workers resorted to aerial firing to force closure of shops in the Gulberg police area, the police said. His body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for post-mortem.
The SP, Liquatabad, Muhammad Noman Siddiqui, told The News that a group of ST workers took out a rally and ordered the shop owners to close their businesses. Some of them started firing in the air due to which one bullet hit one of their own supporters who died on the spot.
Meanwhile, armed men looted cash and other valuables from passengers of a local coach in between Shah Lateef Town and Quaidabad police limits and killed a man on resistance.