Karachi: Few target killing victims killed over personal disputes
KARACHI: “Target killings have risen over the past few days in Karachi, however, some of these cases were either of personal disputes or involved individual gains”, said Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi Akhtar Hussain Gorchani on Monday. Talking to the Daily Times, the AIG said, “We met a delegation of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led by Senator Faisal Raza Abidi with regard to rising target killings of PPP activists”, adding that the delegation was appraised of threats to the security of citizens and political activists. He said that target killings have risen over the past few days but some of these cases were of personal disputes.
Gorchani further said that the police are devising a strategy to curb target killings in the metropolis. “We have started taking action against the criminal elements present in the tense areas of metropolis and such incidents will be curtailed in future”, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that within 12 days of violence, more than 75 people have been killed and around 55 vehicles torched in the metropolis. The tension started on April 27 when unidentified armed men killed two Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers and also real brothers of PIB Colony. Violence erupted all across the metropolis specifically in PIB Colony, Orangi Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and Lyari areas.
Around seven activists of the PPP and People’s Students Federation were killed in Mominabad, Mobina Town and North Nazimabad and interestingly law enforcers have yet failed to arrest any target killer.
Earlier, Mominabad police registered an FIR (121/12) against eight unidentified men on the complaint of Adnan, the younger brother of Farhan alias Guddu who was killed on Friday along with Nafees Siddiqui and Umer Hayat at Urdu Chowk, Orangi Town.
DSP Tariq Malik said FIR was registered after the passage of more than 48 hours, adding that the PPP activists wanted to nominate a particular person however, Farhan’s brother had the case registered against unidentified men. The three PPP activists were killed at a shop situated at Urdu Chowk, Orangi Town. Unidentified armed men had reached on motorcycles and sprayed them with bullets also injuring one Rana Faraz.
Meanwhile, heavy contingent of Rangers conducted targeted operations in different areas of Lyari including, Saifee Lane, Nawa Lane and Nayabad, detaining eight suspects and recovering weapons from their possession. Sources said law enforcers also demolished two gambling dens during the targeted operation.
Separately, Sir Syed police claimed to have arrested a target killer Qasim alias Paratha from the slums of Bilal Colony, recovering a TT pistol and stolen motorcycle. SHO Changaiz Khan said Qasim was involved in three murder cases, including Rizwan murder case of 2010. He was also nominated in several cases of encounter, robberies and other crimes. Qasim is said to be associated with a politico-religious party.