Karachi: 2 PPP men, cop among 7 shot dead
KARACHI: Seven people, including two activists of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and a policeman, were killed as target killings resumed in the city on Saturday, a day after a week long operation was halted in Lyari. Late on Saturday night, gunmen shot dead Assistant Sub–Inspector Aslam Qadri in the Mobina Town police remit, and wounded two policemen in the Aziz Bhatti police limits in separate attacks. SDPO Pervez Iqbal of Gulshan Division said that just when ASI Qadri rang the bell of his house in Rajput Colony after returning from work at the Headquarters East Range, two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled. He was rushed to the Aga Khan Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
SDPO Iqbal said the victim had suffered a fatal bullet wound to his neck. Police found an empty shell of a 9mm pistol from the scene. The ASI hailed from Vehari, and has left behind a widow and four children.
In another late-night attack, Sub–Inspector Azhar and Police Constable Zafar were shot near the Gala Restaurant and Micasa Apartments in the Aziz Bhatti police limits.
SDPO Naseer Abro of New Town Division said the two along with other policemen were busy with routine checking when five to six armed men on foot came from the Micasa Apartment area and opened fire on them, leaving them wounded.
SDPO Abro said the two injured were shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital where their condition was stated to be critical. They are posted at the Aziz Bhatti police station.
On Saturday evening, two PPP activists, Muzammil and Imran Khan, were gunned down in the Peerabad area.
SDPO Tariq Malik of Orangi Division told The News that the incident took place in a shop in Qasba Colony No-2 ½. Both victims expired while being treated at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
Activists of the PPP arrived at the hospital shortly after, where they protested against the murder of their fellow workers and demanded the immediate arrest of the killers.
Muzamil, whose father is the president of PPP’s Peerabad ward, was Imran’s cousin. They were busy at work at the shop, when eight men riding on four motorcycles opened fire on them and fled. Police termed the murder targeted killings.
Meanwhile, Ghayas, 30, was fired upon by gunmen near Kati Pahari as he was heading home. Ghayas breathed his last while being taken to the ASH. Police said Ghayas had no political affiliation, and that he worked at a printing house.
A wave of violence gripped Peerabad, Orangi Town and Kati Pahari on Saturday night, in which armed men fired warning shots and forced traders to close their businesses. They also torched a van and three motorcycles in Kati Pahari.
During the unrest, gunmen targeted a push cart owner, Farman Khan, 45, near the Degh Wali building. Khan was shifted to the ASH, where he was declared dead upon arrival. Farman was the only bread-winner of his family, and a resident of Pathan Colony. He was fleeing his home because of the deteriorating law and order situation when he came under attack.
In yet another attack, Saleemuddin was shot dead near the Metro Cinema in Orangi Town. Police said the man was heading home on his motorcycle when he was gunned down by two assailants. He expired while being taken to the ASH.
Another targeted attack was reported near Kati Pahari in which Inayat Hussain was killed while two others were injured. Police said a group of motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire in which Inayat, Abbas and Ghulam Rabbani were injured.
All three were rushed to the ASH, where Inayat Hussain succumbed to his wounds.
The affected areas remained tense until the filing of this report late on Saturday night. Early on Saturday morning, gunmen set ablaze a sector office and a unit office of the ST in Lines Area, police said.
The police added that the assailants started random firing as soon as they entered Lines Area, after which they torched the two ST offices before fleeing under the cover of fire.
Tension subsequently gripped the area, as armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced traders to close their businesses.
Later in the day, three people were injured in Lines Area, when they were struck by stray bullets during a clash between two groups.
Rangers personnel arrived in the area and restored peace after facing stiff resistance for several hours.
The incidents resulted in the suspension and demotion of SHO Zulqarnain by DIG Tahir Naveed on charges of negligence.