Karachi: 2 brothers among 4 shot dead
KARACHI: Two people were gunned down in separate incidents in what appeared to be sectarian attacks, which led to protests and panic in different parts of the city on Tuesday. Syed Naseem Abbas Naqvi was shot dead on Burns Road in the Arambagh police limits in the morning. Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Syed Ali Asif of Preedy Division said that soon after the incident, some confusion was created when the media reported that two people – Abid and Naeem Abbas – were gunned down on Burns Road and that one of them was a lawyer.
However, when the police reached the spot, they only found one person lying dead, who was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for legal formalities. The police found his office card which mentioned his name as Syed Naseem Abbas Naqvi and showed that he worked at Javed Omer Enterprises as a Customs Agent, making it clear that the deceased Naqvi was not a lawyer.
In the meantime, Naqvi’s office colleagues reached the CHK and they told the police that that they used to call Naseem Abbas as Abid, which cleared the confusion that only one person was killed. The police team found the deceased’s motorcycle and seized five to six empty bullet casings from the spot. Naeem Abbas suffered four bullet wounds to various parts of his body. The deceased left his residence in Waheedabad, Rizvia Society, for office in the morning and was targeted by two unidentified bike riders when he was passing through Burns Road.
The Arambagh police said they questioned area shopkeepers and vendors about the incident, but they declined giving any statements, claiming they were not present at that time. One of the vendors told the police that he had left his pushcart to use the washroom and saw a man lying dead when he returned.
SDPO Asif said that no one from the area came forward to provide information or record a statement. It is almost as if all of them had suddenly become deaf and dumb, he remarked. The officer believed that Naqvi’s murder seemed to be a sectarian killing, but added it would be premature to reach any conclusions as investigations were still underway.
Following the incident, trouble was witnessed in Rizvia Society and Ancholi where residents lodged a protest against the killing of Abbas Naqvi and accused a rival group of murdering Naqvi. They also demanded the immediate arrest of the killers. Some miscreants also resorted to aerial firing in Ancholi and Rizvia Society, forcing shopkeepers to pull down shutters.
Abbas Naqvi’s funeral prayers were offered at Imambargh Rizvia and he was laid to rest at Wadi–e-Hussain graveyard on Super Highway. In another incident, Sajid Hussain of about 28 to 30 years of age was fired upon and seriously injured by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle in Pehlwan Goth in the Gulistan–e-Jauhar police limits. He was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries during treatment. He sustained a single bullet to his body. He was a resident of the same area and was a volunteer in the Hussaini Scouts.
In reaction to the murder of Sajid Hussain, activists and supporters of Imamia Students Organisation and Hussaini Scouts blocked the main Road in Pehlwan Goth in protest and accused a banned outfit of targeting the victim.
Some unidentified men also resorted to aerial firing in Gulistan–e-Jauhar and forced the traders to shut their shops. However, the police and Rangers entered the troubled localities and managed to bring the situation under control after facing hours of resistance.
SDPO Pervez Iqbal said that the murder of Sajid Hussain also seemed to be a sectarian attack, but added that they were investigating the murder from different angles to determine if the victim had any personal enmities. However, when Sajid’s funeral procession was moving towards Wadi-e-Hussain, some unidentified miscreants broke into the procession near Samnabad and torched a police van parked alongside the road.
Police said that the miscreants who attacked the police van were not from the funeral procession and added that they rounded some suspects who attempted to create law and order situation.
After Sajid’s burial at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard, the returning procession members staged a sit-in on main Super Highway near Sohrab Goth to record a peaceful protest against Sajid’s killing and the subsequent bid to attack his funeral procession.
Meanwhile, late on Tuesday night, armed motorcyclists attacked Quetta Hotel in Gulshan and shot two brothers dead. SDPO Gulshan Pervez Iqbal said the hotel was located in Zia-ul-Haq Colony of Gulshan.
He said the police rushed to the spot and found two people lying injured. The law enforcers, with the help of rescue teams, shifted the injured to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC). However, both victims succumbed to their injuries during treatment.
The deceased were identified as Sultan Khan and Rozee Khan who were residing in Zia-ul-Haq Colony. The brother also ran the Quetta Tea Hotel for the last 20 years. Investigations revealed that the brothers were targeted by four armed motorcyclists.
SDPO Iqbal said that they will investigate the murders from target killing and personal enmity angles. He added that the police found the empty casings of 9mm bullets from the spot.