Karachi: Student activist among 7 killed
KARACHI: Seven people, including an activist of the Pakhtun Student Federation (PSF), were killed in separate incidents in the city on Wednesday. Azmatullah was allegedly killed by Police Constable (PC) Mohammad Haseen Khan after an argument near Hassan Square in the Peer Illahi Bux (PIB) Colony area. Another man was also injured. Police had initially reported that Azamatullah, who police alleged was an extortionist, had been killed during an encounter with law–enforcement officials near Hassan Square. However, police later changed their version, claiming that Azmatullah was actually an activist of the PSF and a student union leader at the Urdu Science University, and that he had been shot dead by Constable Mohammad Haseen Khan.
In reaction to the killing, activists and leaders of the PSF held a protest in which they demanded that Azmatullah’s killers be arrested immediately. In response to the protesters’ demands, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Tahir Naveed of East Range said that the police have lodged an FIR and have arrested PC Mohammad Khan.
DIG Naveed added that further investigations had revealed that Azmatullah, who was unarmed at the time, had gotten into a dispute with PC Haseen Khan over an unknown issue. During the argument, PC Khan opened fire on Azamatullah. By the time other law–enforcers reached the scene of the shooting, Azmatullah had succumbed to his wounds.
“We have formed an inquiry team to determine the facts behind this incident, which appears to be a case of cold-blooded murder,” said DIG Naveed. “We have also conducted a postmortem on the deceased and have recovered empty bullet shells and blood samples that have been sent for forensic tests.”
In a separate incident, Feroz Khan was shot dead while 10-year-old Abdullah and 17–year–old Ameer Zaman were injured in a targeted attack that took place on the premises of New Haji Camp, Sultanabad, Jackson.
Police rushed to the scene after receiving information, where they found three persons lying injured. All three were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where Feroz Khan expired during treatment.
Feroz, a resident of New Hajji Camp, was present outside his residence when he was gunned down by two armed assailants who were riding a motorcycle, police said.
Feroze was a labourer by profession who hailed from Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was also a supporter of a political party. Probers believe the murder is a targeted killing. Police officials added that Abdullah, who is also a resident of the New Haji Camp, was struck by a stray bullet while he was on the way to the store to buy sweets.
Meanwhile, Ehsanullah Mehsud, 35, was gunned down on Wednesday morning in Kunwari Colony, situated on Manghopir Road of Peerabad. Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Tariq Malik of Orangi Division said that Ehsanullah was busy working in his shop when two armed men motorcyclists gunned him down and then fled.
Ehsanullah expired while being taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH). SDPO Malik said that the deceased had received four bullet wounds to various parts of his body. Ehsanullah was a resident of Kunwari Colony. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Malik added that police had recovered empty shells of 9mm pistol from the scene of the crime, which had been sent for forensic tests. He added that though the murder was initially thought to be a targeted killing, there were reports that the Ehsanullah had an enmity with a group from his village in Waziristan. Malik said that that both aspects would be taken into consideration during the investigation.
In another targeted attack in the Peerabad area, armed men ambushed a franchise of an international cellular company near Bacha Khan Chowk. Qasim Shah Mehsud was killed while Khalid was injured in the attack.
SDPO Malik, confirming the incident, said that two armed motorcyclists had stormed into the franchise store and shot dead the owner of the shop, Qasim Shah, at point blank range. A man, later identified as Khalid, was also injured during the shooting.
The victims were moved to ASH where a post mortem was conducted on Shah’s body. Police have also recovered empty bullet shells from inside the store, which they have sent to the forensic department for tests. Qasim Shah was a resident of the Banaras area and hailed from Waziristan.
Malik added that it was still too early to determine the motive behind the murder. Meanwhile, an unidentified man was shot dead in the Landhi police limits. SDPO Landhi Mirza Abdul Majeed said that the incident was reported in Sector-51C of Landhi.
SDPO Majeed said the unidentified man was walking down the street when he was intercepted by armed motorcyclists, who shot him dead and then fled. Police subsequently shifted the body to the JPMC, where it was found that the deceased had suffered multiple bullets to various parts of his body. Police were unable to find any form of identification on the deceased.
Meanwhile, the tortured and bullet–riddled body of an unidentified man was found in the Old Golimar area. In yet another incident, armed men targeted Mohammed Shafiq Askani, 55, near Madina Masjid in Block–13D of Gulshan–i-Iqbal late on Wednesday night, SDPO Pervez Iqbal told The News.
Further investigations revealed that the man was driving his car when he was intercepted by two armed motorcyclists. After engaging Askani in conversation, the assailants pulled out their weapons and shot at him.
The injured expired while being taken to the JPMC. Iqbal added that the police had also found empty shells of a 9mm pistol from the spot which have been sent to the forensics department.
Iqbal mentioned that it was too early to determine if the murder was targeted incident. He added that Askani was a resident of Hub, Balochistan, and that it was possible that he had an enmity with someone from his hometown. Police have also confiscated Askani’s car as part of the investigation. A senior investigator said Askani had been receiving death threats from gangster Arshad Pappu, who had demanded millions of rupees as extortion money, which Askani had refused to pay. Given this information, the officer suspected that Arshad Pappu‘s group might be involved in Askani’s murder.