Karachi: MQM activist among 3 killed
KARACHI: A member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Gilgit–Baltistan Committee was among three people gunned down as target killings continued to plague the city on Wednesday. The MQM activist, Anees Ahmed, was shot dead near the Darul Uloom in Awami Colony in the Korangi No. 5 area. The victim was in his early 40s. Superintendent of Police (SP) Latif Siddiqi of the Shah Faisal Range said police found the man lying critically wounded in his car, and shifted him to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where he breathed his last.
The victim had suffered four bullet wounds. He was shot twice in the neck and the remainder of the bullets hit other parts of his body.
SP Siddiqi added that the empty 9mm bullet casings recovered from the scene of the crime were handed to the Sindh Police Lab for forensic tests.
Witnesses told the police that the victim was shot near the Darul Uloom by two men who riding on a motorcycle. They said the attackers were dressed in trousers and shirts.
SP Siddiqi said Ahmed lived in Korangi and was a member of the MQM’s Gilgit–Baltistan Committee. He had recently joined the MQM after ending his affiliation with Afaq Ahmed of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement–Haqiqi (MQM–H).
The police official added that the victim had two homes. One was in Korangi No. 5 and the other in Noman Grand City of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. He said that it was most likely that the victim was heading towards his Korangi residence; however, some reports suggested that Ahmed was on his way to the MQM Headquarters when he was attacked. The police seized the cell phone of the deceased and started their investigation.
The police believed that murder was part of the ongoing wave of target killings. The victim left behind a widow and children. A case was reported at the Awami Colony police station.
Following the murder, trouble was witnessed in Awami Colony and other Korangi areas, where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced shop keepers to pull their shutters down. The situation remained tense till Wednesday night.
In another incident, Waqar Ahmed was shot dead in Block 9 of the Dastagir area near the Javed Nihari House in the Jauharabad police limits. This incident took place in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Station House Officer (SHO) Nadir Khan of the Jauharabad police station said that the victim died after being taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
Police cordoned off the crime scene and sent another police party to the ASH. They were told that the victim died as a result of two bullet wounds.
SHO Khan said Ahmed was a resident of the area in which he was attacked, and added that he was affiliated with a music group that performed concerts. The victim was shot by two motorcyclists while he was sitting outside his residence. Four empty casings of TT bullets were found at the scene of the crime.
According to Shahzad, the elder brother of the victim, Ahmed had no animosity towards anyone, nor was he affiliated with any political or religious party. Investigators said it was too early to determine the motive behind the murder.
Contrary to Shahzade’s claims, investigators said that the victim supported a political party. They said that the murder seemed to be a target killing, but added that the police would investigate the case from other angles too.
In yet another incident, the tortured and bullet-riddled body of 25–year–old Mohammad Yaseen was found on a footpath near the Baitul Muqaram mosque in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the Aziz Bhatti police limits on Wednesday morning.
Police said they were informed about the body through a phone call and a patrolling mobile unit was sent to the scene. Rescue staffs were also called to the crime scene.
The police found that the body had been packed in a gunny bag. The corpse was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico–legal formalities.
A medical examination showed that the victim had been brutally tortured and shot several times in the head by his killers. The Aziz Bhatti police claimed that after murdering the victim, the criminals dumped his body in their jurisdiction. Afterwards, information of the recovery of the man was aired on police control.
The police said that a person who identified himself as Ghulam Fareed — a resident of Tessar Town in Surjani – came forward and informed them that his younger brother, Mohammed Yaseen, had left home on Tuesday night and did not return. He said that he had also lodged a missing person’s complaint at the police station.
The Aziz Bhatti police showed the man some pictures of the recovered body. Fareed identified the victim as his younger brother, Yaseen, and the police, after completing the legal formalities, handed over the body.
The victim was a driver and hailed from Rahimyar Khan. Police said that the victim was a supporter of a political party.