Karachi: Political activist, doctor among 7 gunned down
KARACHI: Seven people, including a doctor and an MQM activist, were gunned down in separate incidents in the city on Wednesday. Dr Rahim Bux, 42, and his assistant, Sabah, 20, were attacked at the Shaheed Zahid Hussain Foundation Clinic in Sher Mohammed Goth, Malir City. Initial investigations revealed that two assailants barged into the clinic in the afternoon and opened fire on them. Sub–Divisional Police Officer Rao Mohammed Iqbal of the Malir City Division told The News that the doctor and his assistant were found critically injured at the crime scene and shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where Bux succumbed to his injuries, while Sabah’s condition was still serious.
The police cordoned off the crime scene and found empty pistol shells there.
According to hospital sources, the doctor suffered three bullet wounds to his chest while Sabah was hit by a single bullet.
The deceased’s family refused to have a postmortem conducted and took away his body.
Investigators said the attack seemed to be sectarian in nature, but they were waiting for the statements of the deceased’s family that might help them ascertain if he had any enemy or not.
They added that Bux was a resident of Siddiq Morr in Al–Falah Society while Sabah, daughter of Abdul Shakoor, was a resident of Model Colony.
Separately, a truck driver, Subhan Allah Khan, was targeted near Gate 15 of Keamari in the morning.
Jackson SHO Yar Mohammed Rind said the police went to the crime scene, where they were told that the people present there had shifted the victim to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).
The police went to the CHK, where they were informed that the truck driver had died during treatment.
During investigations, it was found that the deceased was a resident of Peshawar and had arrived in Karachi in his truck to deliver goods.
He was near his truck, when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. He was struck by a single bullet in the neck.
Investigators said it was premature to establish the motive, but the murder might be ethnic in nature as the deceased was not a resident of Karachi and had only arrived in the city to deliver goods.
Meanwhile, late on Wednesday night, a bus conductor was gunned down at the Khokharapar No-2 ½ Bus stop.
SHO Tasdeeq Waris Sheikh of the Khokharapar police station said that when they reached the spot, the law enforcers saw that a P-1 route bus had been shot at and witnesses said that an injured conductor was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
The police cordoned off the crime scene and sent a force to the JPMC, where they were informed that the conductor, identified as Anwer Khan, had succumbed to his injuries. The police then sent the body for a postmortem.
SHO Sheikh said that the bus had stopped in the aforementioned area when two armed motorcyclists arrived at the scene and killed the conductor. The police also found empty shells of a pistol from the crime scene.
Investigators believed that Khan’s murder was a targeted killing and added that the deceased was a resident of Lasbella in Peerabad.
Late on Wednesday night, assailants gunned down Asif Masood, 35, in near Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan–e-Iqbal.
SDPO Pervez Iqbal said Mosood and his wife were returning from a walk in their car when the couple stopped at a mart near the Maskan Chowrangi for shopping. While his wife was shopping, he waited outside in the car. In the meantime, two men riding a motorcycle appeared there, opened fire at him and fled.
Later, police took him to the JPMC, where he died from his wounds. Police said he had suffered four bullet wounds. The SDPO said that the victim was a resident of Block 6 of Gulshan–e–Iqbal and had returned from the United States a few months ago. He said Masood had married a Chinese woman and later divorced her. After coming to Karachi, Masood had married Qurat-ul-Ain alias Ainee, he added.
A week and half before, he had bought a shop in the Shamama Shopping Mall.
The SDPO said that the murder appeared to be a target killing but the police would investigate it from other angles too.
Another late night targeted attack took place on the Jauhar Morr where armed men killed MQM activist Asif alias Budha.
Police said that Asif lived in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and was present near the Noman View Apartments when he was shot dead by three motorcyclists.
The injured man succumbed to his injuries while being treated at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
As news of Asif’s death spread, tension developed in the area and armed men forced the closure of shops. Activists and leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement also reached the hospital and staged a protest, demanding the immediate arrest of the killers.
Investigators termed the attack as yet another target killing and added that the victim suffered seven bullet wounds to various parts of the body.
In a separate case, an unidentified man was shot dead in the Korangi police limits. SHO Ateeq Shah of Korangi Police Station said that victim was shot dead near the Zia Colony Morr as he was passing through the street.
No form of identification card was found from the deceased and the police shifted the body to the JPMC for postmortem and other legal formalities.
Late on Wednesday night another unidentified man was gunned down in the Orangi Town police remits. Police said that the incident took place near the Kala Maidan. Acting on the information provided to them, the police went to the area and found the man lying dead.
After completing legal formalities, the law enforcers shifted the body to the hospital. According to their information, the victim was passing through the aforementioned area when two armed motorcyclists arrived at the scene and shot him dead.