Karachi:MQM activist, 2 supporters among 5 killed
KARACHI: There was no let-up in the ongoing killing spree in the city on Sunday when another five people, including an activist and two supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were murdered. The killing of the political activist brought to 14 the number of the MQM workers gunned down this month. The killing sparked a violent response in PIB Colony and two vehicles were torched in the area. The victim, identified as 32-year-old Sohail Hussain, was shot in the wee hours of the day in the Goharabad area of PIB Colony. He was a committee member of MQM Unit-58A, PIB Sector.
After receiving information about the incident, the police went to the crime scene and learnt that the victim had been shifted to a private hospital. The police cordoned off the crime scene and went to the hospital, where they were informed that the MQM activist had succumbed to his injuries.
MQM leaders and activists reached the hospital, where they staged a protest and accused their rival group of murdering Sohail.
Preliminary investigations revealed that he was sitting outside his house when two men on a motorcycle arrived there and sprayed him with bullets. The victim suffered multiple bullet wounds on his body.
Following the incident, tension gripped PIB Colony, Nishtar Basti and Old Sabzi Mandi as some men fired gunshots in the air, eventually leading to an armed clash between two groups.
Six people were injured in the clash and shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Three of them were identified as Khyber Khan, Dildar Khan and Javed.
Shops were forcibly shut down in these areas and some men torched a jeep and a rickshaw near Old Sabzi Mandi. The police tried to restore peace there, but failed to do so as they faced stiff resistance from the miscreants.
In the evening, a heavy contingent of police and Rangers reached the troubled areas and tried to bring the situation under control.
Police sleuths believed the murder of the MQM activist was another case of target killing. They said empty pistol casings were found at the crime scene and sent to the Sindh Police Laboratory for forensic tests. The PIB Colony police station had not filed an FIR of the murder by the time this report was filed.
Separately, the bullet-riddled bodies of two young men were found near the Lyari Expressway Bridge in Liaquatabad in the morning. Police said they shifted the bodies to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for autopsy.
During examination, it was found that the two men were brutally tortured before being murdered.
The police aired a message on their control system after which some people approached them and identified the two men as Syed Zahid Hussain and Kashif Saeed, both residents of B-1 Area in Liaquatabad and close friends.
Initial investigations revealed that the victims had left their area on a motorcycle, No KBY-2510, on Saturday night after informing their families that they were going to have ice-cream.
Zahid worked at a furniture shop in Liaquatabad and Kashif was a garment factory employee.T he two men were MQM supporters and investigators said the double murder could be part of the ongoing target killing spree. A case was registered and further investigations were under way.
In another case, a man was gunned down in the morning at Dua Hotel in Machar Colony in the morning. The police went to the crime scene and shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi. Investigation revealed that the victim, identified as 40-year-old Mushtaq, was a resident of Machar Colony and a retired army officer.
He was sitting at the hotel when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, killing him on the spot, and fled. The victim suffered multiple bullet wounds on his body. The police found empty pistol shells at the crime scene that were sent to the forensic division.
Investigators said a few months ago, Mushtaq’s elder brother, Inspector Asghar, was murdered in the SITE area and a few weeks after that incident, another brother of the victim, Sub–Inspector Mohabbat Khan, was also killed in Kalri.
They said the killing of the brothers in a short span of time suggested that the murder was motivated by personal enmity.
However, they added, they would also investigate the possibility of target killing. The victim hailed from Mianwali and left behind a widow and three children. The police have registered an FIR and were further probing the case.
In a separate incident, a man was shot dead in the Waheedabad area of Rizvia in the afternoon.
Rizvia SHO Syed Irfan Haider said the police rushed to the crime scene and shifted the body to the ASH. During investigations, it was found that Zubair had a dispute with a criminal named Rafiq alias Pan Daan, who, accompanied by his associates, shot the victim and escaped.
The SHO said the police conducted a raid in the area and arrested Rafiq after an encounter. They also recovered a pistol from his possession.
Zubair was also a habitual criminal and arrested in the past by the Jamshed Quarters, Rizvia and Pak Colony police for robbery and other crimes. The police have registered a case and further investigations were under way.