Karachi: MQM man, 3 others fall prey to target killings
KARACHI: Two people, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and a trader of the Marble Association, were targeted in different incidents on Monday evening. The attacks were followed by demonstrations in Pak Colony, where traders protested over the murder of their colleague and vowed to keep their businesses closed in protest. Zafar, 45, was gunned down inside Marble Market near Bara Board, Pak Colony.
Law–enforcement officials rushed to the location after being informed of the incident, where they found Zafar lying injured on the road. He was immediately shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died, said SHO Saleem Khan.
He was present at his shop when two motorcyclists appeared, shot him injured and fled, the SHO added. Police found five empty shells of a 9mm pistol from the scene of the crime.
Tension gripped the area after the attack, as traders closed their businesses and blocked all vehicular traffic in protest. Badar, Vice President of the Marble Association, while talking to The News, strongly condemned the murder of Zafar, who he said was also a member of their association. He revealed that Zafar had been continuously receiving threats from the extortion mafia, who, he believes, is responsible for the murder.
The vice-president also blamed the police for having failed to provide the necessary security to his association, whose office-bearers had met Inspector General (IG) of Police Sindh Mushtaq Shah and Addition IG Karachi Akhtar Hasan Khan Gorchani in this regard.
Badar also claimed that he had met Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) West Haseeb Baig and Superintendent Police (SP) Akram Abro, who had assured him that they would deploy 20 police personnel in the market for security.
“However, they only provided us with six policemen and now, because of their negligence, an extortionist has once again killed a senior member of our association.” He stated that the market would remain closed until the police assured them of full security and the killers were brought to justice.
In an unrelated attack, Zulfiqar alias Zulfi, an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was gunned down by armed motorcyclists on Monday evening outside his residence in Absara Apartment, Jauharabad.
Police arrived at the spot shortly after and shifted Zulfiqar to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment, where he later expired. They also cordoned off the area to preserve evidence, where they recovered empty shells of a 30–bore pistol, said SHO Mohammad Rashid.
It was learnt that Zulfiqar was an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Unit–164 and resident of Absara Apartment, SHO Rashid added. After the incident, tension developed in the area as armed men resorted to aerial firing.
Meanwhile, three motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at the Meerath Kabab House in 13-D-II of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The owner of the restaurant, Mohammad Ali Shahani, was injured, while his labourers, Babar Jahangir and Razamand, died in the shooting.