Violence in Karachi after MQM man gunned down
KARACHI: Violence gripped parts of Karachi on Tuesday following murder of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker in the city, SAMAA reports. Police said MQM worker Mansoor Mukhtar was gunned down by unknown armed men when they barged into his home at PIB colony, adding that two women were also injured in the attack.
Miscreants on early morning got shops and main markets closed in Gulistan–e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Sadar, Pakistan Chowk, Teen Hatti, Jamshed Road, Liaqatabad and other areas, torching more than a dozen vehicles on roads.
Schools and petrol pumps were also got shut down in the tense areas where unknown miscreants resorted to aerial firing, sowing panic and fright among people.
Condemning murder of the party man, MQM leader Altaf Hussain has announced observance of mourning day today, describing it as an incident of ‘targeted–killing’ which he said was aimed at subverting peace of Karachi.
He appealed MQM workers to observe restraint and should not get provoked, calling for early arrest of the culprits. Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh President Shahi Syed has also condemned the assassination.
Meanwhile, MQM’s Sindh Health Minister, while talking to SAMAA, said Mukhar was a senior party member. “Terrorists have been given a freehand in Karachi. We vehemently condemn this incident of target killing.”
Passenger vans and busses were set on fire on Abul Hasan Isfahani Road, PIB colony, Malir Halt, National Highway, Shahrah–e–Faisal, Teen Hatti, Jauhar Chowrangi, Korangi, Landhi and other areas. Heavy contingents of police and Rangers were mobilized in order to calm down the tense situation.