Karachi: Violence claims 7 more lives
KARACHI: Gunmen and arsonist continued to disturb life in the city for the third consecutive day on Thursday, as another seven people were killed and several vehicles were burnt. The city was first hit by a spree of violence on Tuesday, after the death of a Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) activist, Maqsood Mukhtar, and his brother Mansoor. The daylong violence saw gunmen and arsonists killing at least eight people and setting some 45 vehicles ablaze.
A second wave of violence hit the city after the targeted killing of a leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday evening. Officials said that since the murder of the ANP leader, six people have been killed and several vehicles have been burnt torched across the city.
On Thursday morning many parts of the city saw armed miscreants resorting to aerial firing in the Gulshan, Sachal, Peerabad, North Nazimabad and Orangi Town areas. The unrest forced many major markets and petrol pumps shut.
A number of vehicles were also torched on Thursday, with a total of four vehicles being torched in Landhi, Quaidabad and Gulshan. Some 50 vehicles have been reduced to ashes during the past three days, police officials said.
A spokesman for the Sindh Rangers said that during the last 48 hours law–enforcement officials have conducted targeted operations and snap checking in multiple areas of Karachi. This includes Sohrab Goth in Gadap town, Jehangir road in Jamshed town, Faqir colony in Orangi town and Macca Centre in Gulshan town.
During the operations 51 suspects were taken into custody, while 18 weapons of different calibers and a large quantity of ammunition were also recovered. The first incident of targeted killing took place at approximately 2:30 am on Thursday morning, when a restaurant employee, Sadaqat Shah, was gunned down by unidentified men in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. A Rangers official was also injured in the attack.
According to eyewitness accounts, Shah was closing his store when two armed motorcyclists stopped in front of the restaurant and began indiscriminate firing, leaving Shah badly injured. Rangers personnel, who were patrolling nearby, managed to intercept the fleeing suspects; however, accomplices of the suspects appeared in white vehicle, opened fire and injured one of the law–enforcement officials.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mohammed Shakeel Awan said that both the injured had been immediately rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), where the restaurant employee, Sadaqat Shah, succumbed during treatment.
Furthermore, Zahir Shah was shot dead on Thursday morning during a protest being held near Metrovil Chowrangi, SITE. Shah was hit by a stray bullet when armed miscreants began aerial firing to try and disperse the protest. He expired while being taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).
In yet another case, two youngsters, Mohammed Zeeshan, 25, and Jalil, 27, were gunned down on top of Khalilabad Hill in the Sharea Noor Jehan area. The youngsters were approached by armed men, who accused them of leaking information to their rival political party. After a heated argument, the gunmen sprayed the youngsters with bullets and then fled from the scene.
Two people, one of whom remains unidentified, were also killed in the Orangi Town area. The SHO of the Orangi Town police station said that the unclaimed body had been found on Thursday morning near a garbage dump.
In another case, Faiz Samar was gunned down on Thursday morning near Metro Cinema. Samar was waiting for public transport when unidentified armed men shot him dead and then fled.
Unrest continued in the city till Thursday evening, when Hussain Ghanchi was targeted in Meena Bazaar of PIB Colony. Hussain, who had been running a business in Meena Bazaar for the last 10 years, was gunned down by two unidentified motorcyclists. Hussain is succeeded by a wife and four children.