Karachi: MQM, ANP activists among 3 killed
KARACHI: Three people, including supporters of the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed on Thursday in targeted incidents. Thursday’s attacks are part of a renewed spate of violence in the city that has claimed 18 lives during the past 48 hours. Naeem alias Manoo, 25, was killed and Aslam alias Dentor was injured on Thursday evening in Bukhari Colony of Orangi Town. Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Tariq Malik of Orangi Division told The News that police found two persons lying injured at the crime scene when they reached there after receiving information about an armed attack. With the assistance of rescue teams, police shifted the injured to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where Naeem succumbed to his injuries.
“The deceased had received multiple bullet wounds to various parts of his body, whereas the injured Aslam had received a single bullet wound to his leg,” SDPO Malik said. During investigations, it was found that Naeem and Aslam were present outside their house when two armed assailants riding a motorcycle drove by and opened fire on them.
Naeem was a supporter of the MQM and a resident of Bukhari Colony. After the incident, tension developed in the area as residents protested over the death of their fellow resident. However, the protest was stopped short as unidentified men resorted to aerial firing, which forced traders to close their businesses.
Subsequently, a law and order situation was witnessed in the Kati Pahari and Banaras Pul areas, prompting police to call for reinforcements from District West. During cross–firing between two groups of unidentified miscreants, a young man was shot near Banaras Pul. He was rushed to the ASH for treatment, where he later succumbed to injuries.
The deceased was later identified as Ameer Khan, 22, a resident of Sher Khanabad, Peerabad, and a supporter of the ANP. Khan had received multiple bullet wounds to various parts of his body.
Heavy contingents of police were then deployed in the disturbed areas to bring the situation under control. Though the law–enforcement personnel were able to defuse the situation after facing several hours of stiff resistance, the aforementioned places remained tense till Thursday night.
Investigators have termed both murders targeted killings and said that police had found empty shells of a 9mm and a TT pistol which have been sent to forensic department for investigation.
In yet another targeted attack, Ejaz Hussain Hakeem, 35, was gunned down inside a Hakeem shop in Sector–5D of New Karachi. Hussain was found lying injured in the shop and was immediately rushed to the ASH, where he expired during treatment, police said.
During investigations, it was revealed that two armed motorcyclists had approached Hussain while he was inside the shop. Hussain tried to pick up his pistol, but before he could act, the suspects shot him point-blank and then fled.
Investigators said that it was too early to confirm if the murder was part of targeted violence. Some eyewitnesses claimed that the accused persons had tried to rob Hussain, who had reached for his pistol, which is when the accused opened fire on him. Hussain was a resident of Sector–5E of New Karachi.
Meanwhile, the Rangers claimed to have arrested 38 suspects during the last 24 hours in raids operations in different areas of Karachi in collaboration with the police. These areas include Perfume Chowk and NIPA Chowrangi, Qasba Colony, Bolton Market, Al–Falah, Korangi, Nazimabad, Gadap and Hub Chowki.
Also, 26 weapons of different calibers along with a large quantity of ammunition and a motorcycle were recovered. Meanwhile, police apprehended two criminals — M. Hanan and Bilal Hussain — for the murder of two Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers. Hajee Mohammad Sultan and Hajee Zaman were recently gunned down by the accused in Block 1, Gulshan Iqbal, the police claimed. The accused were apprehended after an alleged encounter that took place on Thursday night. Additional teams have been formed to conduct raids as per the disclosures of the accused.