Karachi:Target killings claim 9 more lives
KARACHI: There seems to be no end to the bloodshed on the city’s streets as nine more people, including an ANP area president as well as activists of the PPP and MQM fell prey to the guns of target killers on Thursday. ANP Qasba Colony area president, 40-year–old Adnan Khattak, was gunned down when unidentified motorcyclists ambushed his vehicle near the Madni Masjid situated in Ayesha Manzil as he and a friend were going for their prayers. The gunmen fled from the scene, leaving Adnan in a pool of blood, while his friend, Tahir, escaped unhurt.
SHO Azizabad Haseebullah Quraishi rushed to the crime scene and took the injured man to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in a critical condition. However, the victim never made it to the hospital and breathed his last on the way. JPMC’s medico–legal officer said the victim had been shot three times in the upper body. Quraishi confirmed that the deceased was ANP’s area president of Qasba Colony. At least six empty casings of TT bullets were found at the scene of the crime.
In an unrelated incident at the Baloch Hotel of Baldia Town in the Saeedabad police limits, gunmen opened fire and injured two MQM activists — Khurram and Saleem Iqbal – while they were having dinner.
The wounded were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital; however, 35–year–old Khurram died on the way to hospital, while Saleem Iqbal breathed his last during treatment. SHO Saeedabad Chaudhry Muhammad Irshad told The News that the deceased were activists of the MQM’s Unit–13. However, he believed that the murder was the result of an enmity that emerged from a previous clash between two groups of labourers.
In yet another case of targeted violence, 50–year–old Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat activist Muhammad Shoaib was shot dead, while two passers-by — Zeeshan and Shabir – suffered bullet wounds when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at them near Liaquatabad No–10 in the Sharifabad police limits. The deceased was sitting outside his house in the Zeeshan Square Flats when the gunmen carried out the attack and fled. Locals rushed out of their houses after hearing the gunshots and took all three of the injured to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital; however, Shoaib expired on the way. MLO Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said the victim suffered three bullet wounds to the body.
SHO Sharifabad Muhammad Naeem, along with his force, reached the spot and recovered six empty TT bullet casings from the scene of the crime.
Nadeem told The News that victim was the general Secretary of the Jamma Masjid Wastan and an activist of the Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat. The victim lived in the same area and the father of six children. The SHO believed that Naeem was another victim of the ongoing wave of targeted violence.
Another religious party supporter, 45–year–old Imam Badshah, was killed when two motorcyclists opened fire at him as he was coming out of a local mosque after Zohar prayers in the Kunwari Colony of the Peerabad police jurisdiction.
Locals informed the police, who reached the spot and took the body in their mobile unit to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a postmortem. The MLO said that four bullet wounds had resulted in the death of Imam Badshah.
Police said the victim was an activist of the Banul–Mazahib Aman Committee and he lived in the Sultanabad Cooperative Housing Society in Mangopir. The murdered man left behind six children.
Station House Officer (SHO) Peerabad Ashfaq Baloch suspected that this was also a targeted killing.
Trouble was witnessed in the area as news of Imam Badshah’s death spread. Armed men came onto the streets and opened fire in the areas of Peerabad, Nazimabad and Mangopir. They also forced traders to pull down their shutters and close their businesses.
PPP activists were also not spared from the wrath of target killers as two of them – 40–year–old Abdul Basheer and 35–year–old Feroz Khan — had their vehicle ambushed by two motorcyclists near the German Grammar School in Orangi Town No-6 in the Pakistan Bazaar police limits.
A mobile van rushed to the spot and took the critically injured men to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital; however, Abdul Basheer did not survive the journey.
SHO Pakistan Bazar Muhammad Sabir Hussain said that deceased and injured were activists of the PPP and were running a gambling den in the Orangi Town police area. He also revealed that at least 15 FIRs had been registered against them. He suspected the involvement of target killers in this murder.
Separately, 50–year–old Muhammad Hanif was killed by unidentified men who opened fire at him near Angra Goth in Teen Hatti.
When the body of the victim was brought into the Civil Hospital for a postmortem, the MLO found that he had been shot five times at close range.
According to the Liaquatabad police, the deceased ran sand and gravel business and was the father of 10 children. The law enforcers also revealed that Hanif belonged to Turbat in Balochistan and suspected that he was killed due to an old enmity.
Meanwhile, the bullet-riddled body of 20–year–old Kamran Katchi was found close to the furniture market near Pakistan Chowk in the Aram Bagh police limits. A passerby saw the body and informed the police, who took it to the Civil Hospital. A medical examination found that the victim’s body bore torture marks and he had been shot three times.
According to the police, Katchi was a ward boy at the Aga Khan Hospital and was kidnapped on his way to work on Wednesday night.
They claimed that after killing the victim in another location, his kidnappers tossed the body in their police jurisdiction.
The law enforcers said that the victim lived in the Chakiwara police area and was an activist of the Katchi Rabta Committee, adding that he was killed by Lyari gangsters.