Karachi: MQM, ANP supporters killed
KARACHI: The recent spate of target killings continued on Sunday as three people, including supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP), were gunned down in the city, while two activists of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement were injured after being kidnapped and subsequently tortured.
Thirty-five-year-old Abdul Karim was shot dead in Aligarh Colony. The Orangi Town police said that the victim was sitting outside a shop he owned near his residence when he was fired upon by two armed motorcyclists.
Karim was pronounced dead when he was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The victim was shot three times in various parts of his body. The police found the empty bullet casings of 9mm and TT pistols from the crime scene and sent them to the Sindh Police Lab for forensic tests.
Investigators believed that Karim’s murder was yet another case of target killing and said he supported the MQM. They added that the deceased was disabled and used to run a Dabboo business to earn a living.
Following the murder, tension developed in the Orangi Town area, where armed miscreants fired in the air and forced the closure of shops. The violence spread to other areas of Orangi Town such as Kati Pahari, Peerabad and Bukhari Colony. A gun battle between two rival groups was also witnessed in the area.
The violence went on to claim the life of a 20-year-old watchman named Mohammad Ibrahim who was on duty at a shop when he was shot dead by two armed motorcyclists. The assailants fled after killing the young man.
The deceased, who suffered three bullet wounds, was a resident of the Peerabad area. Investigators believed that Ibrahim had also fallen prey to a targeted attack as he was an activist of the ANP.
Law and order spiraled out of control after both the murders. Law enforcers, including Sindh Rangers, had to be called in to bring the situation under control. Separate cases were registered at the Orangi Town police station against both the murders.
In a separate incident, 38-year-old Muhammad Zubair was gunned down at the Lajawab Bakery in the Hussainabad area of Azizabad.
The Azizabad police shifted the injured to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigations revealed that Zubair worked at the bakery as a labourer and was busy with his daily routine when two armed motorcyclists appeared and shot him twice.
The deceased was a resident of Sector-11-½ of Orangi Town and hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Investigators also termed this a case of target killing.
Probers said that Zubair was killed in the ongoing spate of target killing and added that the police has recovered empty shells of a 9mm pistol and A TT from the spot. A case was reported and investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, two activists of the MQM-H, namely Saleem and Mohammed Ali, were found in an injured state, while their associate Asif is still missing. The three men had been kidnapped earlier in the Landhi police limits. The police had lodged a missing complaint and started a search for the abductees when they received information that two people were lying injured near Dawood Chowrangi.
A mobile unit rushed to the spot and found Saleem and Ali. Both the injured were shifted to hospital, but the whereabouts of their third associate, Asif, could not be ascertained.
The two recovered men said they had been kidnapped by unidentified abductors who tortured them and after delivering death threats, left them in the aforementioned area. Police said that the search to recover the missing Asif was still on.