Karachi: 3 MQM activists shot dead
KARACHI: The city was marred by more target killings on Thursday as three people, all of them activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, were gunned down in different areas of the metropolis. Twenty-five-year-old Muhammad Ali and 30-year-old Gul Baig were shot in the Changa Gali of Kharadar. Superintendent (SP) City Town Nasir Aftab told The News that the victims were sitting outside a shop when they were fired upon by two armed motorcyclists. The assailants fled after the attack.
The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where Muhammad Ali succumbed to his injuries. SP Aftab said that the victim was an activist of the MQM. Activists of the MQM reached the Civil Hospital after hearing the news of Ali’s death and launched a protest at the medical facility, accusing a rival group of carrying out the murder.
Meanwhile, the police said that empty bullet casings recovered from the crime scene had been sent for forensic tests. Ali was killed just a day after another MQM activist, bearing the same name, was killed in the Chappa area of Kharadar.
In a separate incident, another activist of the MQM, 20-year-old Abdul Wahid, was shot dead by two armed motorcyclists as he sat outside his residence in Liaquatabad No-2.
Residents of the area rushed out, only to find the victim lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he breathed his last during treatment. Liaquatabad SP Muhammad Noman confirmed that Wahid was an activist of the MQM.
The third MQM activist to be killed on Thursday was 22-year-old Amir who was gunned down two armed motorcyclists as he sat outside his residence in the No-4 of Shah Faisal Colony. The superintendent of the Shah Faisal police station said that the assailants were riding a motorcycle and fled after spraying the victim with bullets.
Amir’s body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for legal formalities. MQM activists and leaders also reached this hospital and launched a protest. Yet again, accusations were hurled at a rival group for masterminding the killing.