Karachi: 2 ‘missing’ men found shot dead in Lyari River
KARACHI: Two young men were found shot dead in the Lyari River near Love Lane Bridge within the remit of the Pak Colony police station on Wednesday, officials said. The police added that Fawad Sheikh, 31, and his 35–year–old friend, Tariq Kamal, were believed to have been kidnapped on Sunday. Their families were quoted as saying that they had received a call from kidnappers who told them that both the men were police informants and would be killed for that reason. The victims had sustained gunshot wounds to the head, the police said, adding that their bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post–mortem examination.
Father of an infant, Fawad Sheikh was associated with leather business and lived in Gizri. Tariq Kamal, a crime reporter working for a local daily, was a resident of Gulshan-i-Iqbal. Their missing reports were lodged at the Gizri police station, officials said. Pak Colony SHO Saleem Marwat said the kidnappers apparently killed them on the suspicion of being police informant, as they had also called their families before the murder and told them about the victims’ links to the police.
Speaking to Dawn, editor of daily Sindh Task Rizwan Khanzada said his staff had informed him about the kidnapping of Tariq Kamal on May 5. He quoted Kamal’s mother as saying that she received a phone call from the kidnappers who told her that they did not want ransom. “They told her that they were going to kill him as he is a police informant,” he said.
According to him, the kidnapper used Kamal’s cellphone to call her mother. When the call was traced, it was found that it was made from somewhere near Hub Chowki or Vinder, he added.
The police said it was not yet clear if the victims had been kidnapped from Vinder or Karachi.
The officials quoted Fawad Shaikh’s nephew, Mohammad Ali, as saying that his uncle left home to meet Mr Kamal on Sunday but went missing. The following day, someone called the victim’s wife telling her that they would kill him because he was working for police.
A case (FIR 115/2012) was lodged at the Pak Colony police station against unidentified persons on a complaint of a victim’s brother, Saleem.