CID official among 4 killed in Karachi violence
KARACHI: At least four people including a CID police officer were killed in separate incidents of violence Tuesday. According to police reports, five persons including two women were also injured in the violence. In the first incident, unidentified assailants in the Old Vegetable Market area targeted Ali Hassan Jamali, 42 — a Crime Investigation Department (CID) Head Constable — outside his residence. His body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico–legal formalities. Meanwhile, two dead bodies were recovered from Sarjani Town and Gulshan–e–Sheraz, while rescue personnel recovered a third body near Crown cinema on Maripur Road later in the day. According to police reports, all three bodies bore extensive torture marks.
Elsewhere in the city, five people were injured in sporadic firing incidents in the Malir, Kharadar and Teenhati areas of the metropolis. Police teams have registered cases against the incidents and begun investigations. Meanwhile, Rangers claimed to have arrested 13 suspected criminals during a raid near Aziz Jan Baloch’s house in Lyari.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Tuesday dispelled the impression that Karachi killings were targeted. Addressing a press conference at the CM House, he said police and Rangers were equally involved in handling the situation and were significantly successful in their endeavours. “I must say that cases of killings are also blown out of proportion,” said the chief minister.
With regard to the recent surge in kidnappings, the chief minister said that a detailed report would be made public in the next 48 hours.
Commenting on the Thar Coal Project, he said the venture was being built on the property of Sindh but would benefit the entire country with 4,000MW electricity in 2014–2015.
Elsewhere Tuesday, MQM MNAs denounced the increasing activity of the banned Peoples Aman Committee (PAC). Expressing their deep concern at rising incidents of bloodshed, extortion and kidnapping, the MNAs lamented that no action was being taken against these criminals. They said a large number of MQM party workers had fallen prey to increased lawlessness in the city, and demanded that the president and prime minister resolve the security situation in the metropolis.
Meanwhile, a human rights organisation Tuesday revealed that ethnic, sectarian and politically linked violence in Pakistan’s financial capital has killed at least 740 people so far this year, Zohra Yusuf – chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) told reporters, “About 740 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last five months.”
Last year the HRCP said a total of 1,715 people were killed in violent flare-ups in the city. “People are being killed with impunity by various ethnic groups while the government, it seems, has little control to put an end to it,” Yusuf said.
The figures include the assassination of 107 political activists, while the rest of the victims were people with no political affiliations, HRCP said.