Karachi: 5 MQM workers among 10 shot dead
KARACHI: The city remained in the grip of violence despite the recent shoot– on-sight orders by acting Additional IG Ghulam Shabbir as five more activists of the MQM were either gunned down or found dead in various incidents on Monday, bringing the total number of people killed from the party this month to 19. Two activists of the party’s Landhi Sector — Asfar Ali and Zubair — were shot dead in the afternoon by four men on two motorcycles in the Sherpao Colony. Asfar was outside his house and feeding his chickens when his friend, Zubair, paid him a visit. In the meantime, the assailants also arrived at the spot and sprayed the victims with bullets before fleeing the crime scene.
Station House Officer (SHO) of the Quaidabad police said that he and his force found the two men in critical condition. The victims were rushed to the JPMC, but died during treatment. The police cordoned off the area and found more than 15 empty shells of 9mm bullets, which were later sent to the Sindh Forensics Lab for tests.
Hospital sources claimed that Asfar was shot 11 times in various parts of the body, while his friend suffered five bullet wounds to the upper torso. The initial postmortem revealed that both the victims had been shot at close range.
MQM’s activists and the party leadership reached the hospital and staged a protest against the killing, demanding an immediate end to the murder of their activists. SHO Marwat termed the double murder as yet another case in the ongoing spate of targeted attacks.
The officer confirmed that deceased were activists of the MQM, adding that Asfar was previously affiliated with the Awami National Party (ANP). The victims hailed from Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, late on Monday night, three mutilated and bullet-ridden bodies of MQM activists, packed in gunny bags, were found from a car parked on the main Mirza Adam Road.
SSP Asif Ijaz Shaikh of District South said that the Chakiwara police shifted the bodies to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for autopsies. The deceased were identified as Mohammed Ijhtabah Khan 28, Hassan Raza, 32, and Atif Usmani, 30; all of whom were residents of the Sir Syed area of North Karachi. Investigations revealed that the car the bodies were found in was stolen from the Ferozabad Police Station on May 23, 2012.
Hospital sources said that the victim had been brutally tortured and then shot multiple times all over their bodies.
Elaborating on the preliminary details of the case, investigators said that five people, including the three victims, had been kidnapped from the Baghdadi police limits.
The law enforcers paid a visit to the area and were told that the people kidnapped were activists of the MQM’s Unit-133-A of the North Karachi Sector. Further information suggested that the men had been asked to come for dinner to the Nayabad area and were kidnapped as soon as they reached the locality.
The families of those kidnapped lodged a missing persons complaint at the Sir Syed Police Station
Apart from the bodies found on the Mirza Adam Khan Road, the other people kidnapped were identified as Bilal and Mateen. The police were in the process of investigations when one of the kidnap victims Bilal – who managed to escape from the clutches of the abductors – informed the police that his friends were in the custody of Lyari gangsters.
Although some vital information had been provided to law enforcers, they were unable to locate the remaining people. While this was taking place, Hassan Raza’s elder brother called his cell phone and the call was answered by one of the kidnappers. The brother was told to prepare to receive the dead body of his younger sibling. The families were waiting anxiously to hear further news from their loved ones when the bodies were thrown into a small car and left. Investigators revealed that one of the abducted men, Mateen, was possibly still in the custody of the killers.
Meanwhile, the MQM staged their second protest of the day and lamented the fact that law enforcers had failed to provide security to the people of the city. They demanded the immediate arrest of the killers of their activists.
There were also other incidents of violence in the city and especially in the Pehlwan Goth area of Gulistan–e–Jauhar, where a man and a woman were killed, while six others suffered injuries.
The area had been in the grip of violence after a former ANP ward president, Liaquat Bangash, died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday. The situation remained tense since then as armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced entire areas to close down.
The violence spiraled out of control in the wee hours of Monday morning as a clash erupted between two groups. The exchange of fire led to the death of two people, including a woman identified as Gulshan Bibi, and injuries to six other people.
The injured were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where the injured woman, and a man, identified as Imdad Baloch, died of their wounds. The female victim had been on her rooftop hanging clothes when a stray bullet struck her and she died, while Imdad Baloch fell victim to the crossfire.
SDPO Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal of the Gulshan Division said that the criminals also tried to attack an Imambargah, but timely action by the police averted disaster. Reinforcements were called in and help from the Sindh Rangers helped bring the situation under control.
Police sources said that their force conducted a joint search operation with the Rangers, but were unsuccessful in apprehending any of the people involved in the violence.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, 65–year–old Sher Ali Khan was shot dead at a General Store in Frontier Colony of the Peerabad police limits.
SHO Ashfaq Baloch said that the police shifted him to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where he died. Hospital sources said that the victim was almost dead when he was shifted to the operation theatre. Khan was shot four times in the upper torso.
SHO Baloch said that according to the police investigation, Sher Ali was a resident of the same area in which he was killed and also the chairman of the Swat Union. He added that the victim was shopping at the grocery store when two armed motorcyclists gunned him down.
The officer said that the deceased had earlier contested the local bodies elections for union councillor of the area, but was defeated. Investigators termed the murder as a targeted killing, but said the case would also be investigated from a personal enmity angle as the victim’s nephew was also killed, last year, in the same area.
Separately, Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Ameen was gunned down in the Goll Market in No-6 of Nazimabad. SP Mohammed Noman Siddiqi of Liaquatabad Division said the victim died at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Maulana Ameen was a resident of Jaffaria Society Rizvia and the Peshimam of Noor–i–Ameen Trust in Nazimabad No-3. After offering Maghribain prayers, he was headed home on a bus that stopped in Nazimabad. As he got off, two motorcyclists arrived at the scene and opened fire on him before speeding away.
SP Siddiqi said that the victim suffered five bullet wounds and added that the police had found the empty shells of 9mm bullets from the crime scene, which were sent to the forensics division of the Sindh Police. The police officer believed that the murder was another target killing. Reacting to the killing, armed men forced traders to close their businesses. Also, activists and supporters of the Imamia Organisation launched a protest and demanded the arrest of the killers.
In yet another case, 32–year–old Fahimuddin was killed near the Dou Minute Chowrangi of New Karachi. SHO Chaudhry Afzal of the Khwaja Ajmer Nagri Police Station said that the victim – who had been shot three times – was taken to the ASH, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigations found that Fahim lived in Sector–5A–3 of North Karachi and worked at a private firm. He was on his way home after work when he was ambushed and gunned down by two motorcyclists. They believed that Fahim became another victim of target killers and added that he supported a religious party.
Also on Monday, Sunni Tehreek activist Anwer Qadri was shot and injured in the Brigade police remits. SHO Humayun Khan said they had received information that the victim was being treated at the hospital.
He and his force reached the hospital, where they met his family members, who said Anwer was a resident of Khuda Daad Colony. They added that he left home on Monday night to buy a ceiling fan when unidentified men shot him six times in the upper torso and fled. The victim was later shifted to the JPMC, where his condition was said to be critical.