Karachi: 3 more shot dead
KARACHI: Another three people were killed in various parts of the city on Saturday, bringing the number of killings to 28 in five days. The latest spate of violence began on Tuesday when a sector member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and his brother were gunned down in PIB Colony.
A bus came under gun attack at UP Mor in North Karachi at about 2.30am on Saturday. After being called to the scene, Sir Syed police found that a bus driver of Khan Coach was lying severely injured. Empty bullet shells of a 9mm pistol were also found nearby.
The injured was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The autopsy revealed that the man had suffered multiple bullet injuries. The victim, identified as Janaan Khan, was a Qasba Colony resident.
“We do not have witnesses as the incident took place very early in the morning,” said Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Tahir Khan of the Khwaja Ajmer Nagri Division.
Considering the law and order situation of the city, Janaan was trying to park his coach in the area when two motorcyclists opened fire at him and fled.
In yet another attack, a 32–year–old Salahuddin was gunned down at around 3am on Saturday near Urdu Chowk in Orangi Town.
After Mominabad police were called to the scene, the injured was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A medico–legal officer at the facility said the body had several bullet wounds. Empty casings of a 9mm pistols were also found near the body which were sent to the Sindh Police Lab for forensic tests. The victim was a fish seller.
During the investigations, the victim’s younger brother Sirajuddin came forward to record his statement. He said Salahuddin was killed while he had gone out to buy fish early on Saturday morning to sell it the following day in Orangi Town’s fish market.
“We tried to stop him from going out due to the law and order situation but he wouldn’t listen.” He had said he did not want the family to die of starvation and went out to buy some fish. As he waited for some transport at Urdu Chowk, two motorcyclists sprayed him with bullets and escaped.
Salahuddin hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is survived by a widow and two children. He lived in an 80-yard house in Rahim Shah Colony.
In another gun attack incident in the upscale locality of Defence early on Saturday morning, two men were injured.
Both the wounded were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where one of them, Zameer, succumbed to his injuries while the other, Zohaib is out of danger.
Police said armed men had attacked the vehicle near an ATM counter. After a thorough search of the car, the police confiscated an unlicensed TT pistol.
“Enmity might be the cause behind the attack as the victims possessed an unauthorised weapon,” said SDPO Zameer Ahmed Abbasi of Frere Division.
Zohaib told the police that both of them were residents of Moosa Lane, Lyari, and the car had been rented by them from Chandio Goth.
Rangers rounded up several suspects in early morning swoops in various areas of the city. The raids were conducted in Gulshan-i-Jamal, North Nazimabad and Kati Pehari, where suspects identified as Yousus Bunairee, Bacha Khan and Zohaib were arrested. The detainees are said to be associated with a certain political party.
The SITE-B police also took four suspects into custody who had been allegedly involved in target killings and several cases of extortion.
SHO Shafiq Tanoli said they had received information of a hideout in the Metroville area. “We raided the area and arrested four people wanted for around 25 cases of targeted killings.” They were identified as Irfan, Jawed, Kamran alias Barkati, and Abdul Hanif. Two Kalashnikovs and three pistols were also recovered.