Lyari hand grenade attack in Karachi
KARACHI: Tension remained prevalent in Lyari as police on Wednesday booked a former UC nazim for attacking Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) office.
Needless to mention, two PPP workers, Soomar, 50, son of Nabi Buksh and Dad Rehman, 40, son of Jumma were killed and two women injured when motorcyclists attacked PPP PS-111 office situated at Cheel Chowk within the jurisdiction of Kalakot police station on Tuesday night.
An FIR (16/12) under Sections 302/34, 324/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code and ¾ of the Explosives Act was registered at the Kalakot police station on the complaint of Soomar’s brother, Afzal Baloch. According to police, the complainant nominated former UC nazim Lyari Abdul Rauf Baloch and Faisal Baloch in the case.
A senior police official, requesting not to be named, told several people associated with Lyari gangs believed Abdul Rauf was involved in leaking out Rehman Baloch alias Dakait’s information and his house was set ablaze in 2009 in the same pretext.
“Later, in 2010, Crime Investigation Department’s Anti-Extremism Cell arrested Abdul Rauf from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, however, he was released in 2011. Some elements believe that after his release, Abdul Rauf, shook hands with Arshad Pappu, Ghaffar Zikri and other groups who have been mutually involved in several grenade attacks in Lyari over the recent past”, he added.
Commercial activities in Lyari remained partially disturbed as a heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies, including Rangers and police were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.
The funeral prayers of both victims were offered at Eidgah Ground near Lea Market and they were buried at Mewashah graveyard. A number of people staged a protest against the incident and chanted slogans against rival group, after the funeral.