Karachi: Another ANP office-bearer, 5 others killed
KARACHI: Bloodshed continued on the city’s streets on Thursday as yet another office-bearer of the Awami National Party (ANP), an MQM activist and a woman were among six people gunned down in various incidents. ANP Sabzi Mandi Ward Vice President Taj Muhammad was killed when unidentified men sprayed his car with bullets. The gunshots immediately prompted other motorists and bikers to take evasive action and some of the panic stricken motorcyclists lost control and fell in their bid to escape injury.
The police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where a medico–legal officer said that the victim suffered four bullet wounds to the upper torso.
Soldier Bazaar Station House Officer (SHO) told The News that Taj Muhammad was formerly affiliated with the banned Sipah-e–Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and the current vice president of the ANP’s Sabzi Mandi Ward. He also lived in the same area, police said. The empty bullet casings were sent to the Sindh Police Lab for forensic tests.
Meanwhile, the Nazimabad area remained tense after two ANP activists, including a ward president, were gunned down just a day earlier
An angry mob protested against the Wednesday night killings of the ward president, Fazal Kareem, and his friend Malang Khan. The demonstrators set two vehicles ablaze and blocked the road.
In an unrelated incident that occurred in the Jamshed Quarters police jurisdiction, 35-year-old MQM activist Yaseen was ambushed and shot while he was riding his motorcycle on MA Jinnah Road.
Yaseen was rushed to the Aga Khan hospital, where he breathed his last during treatment.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Syed Qaiser Ali confirmed to The News that the victim was an activist of the MQM and lived in the same police jurisdiction that he was murdered in. The victim was on his way home when the deadly attack claimed his life.
In another ambush that took place near the Tandri Road, 35–year–old Malik Tariq was shot dead by motorcyclists while he and his cousin were in their car.
The cousin – who was unharmed – immediately ran from the scene to inform family members about the incident, while locals shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition. However, it was too late and doctors at the medical facility were unable to save his life. A medico–legal officer said that the victim had been shot once in the chest and another time in the skull.
SHO Chakiwara Idrees Bangash told The News that Tariq was the managing director of a publication called Daily Extra and also president of the Joria Bazaar Khujoor Market. He added that the victim was a father of six and lived in the Behar Colony, which is in the same police jurisdiction that the attack took place in. The body was handed over to the family of the deceased and was taken to his native town of Attock for burial.
Meanwhile, two women, 35–year–old Asma and 30–year–old Farhat were shot while they were riding in a rickshaw near the Power House Chowrangi situated in New Karachi’s Sector 5/D.
Both victims were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), but it was too late for Asma and she died during treatment.
SHO Bilal Colony informed The News that the women were neighbours in Surjani Town and were in their way to the market for some shopping. He believed that the attack was a targeted one.
In yet another case, the decomposed and bullet-riddled body of 35–year–old Iqbal Hussain was found in the bushes in the Mangopir police limits. The victim’s hands and legs had been tied with a piece of rope. The police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for legal formalities. An MLO said that body was at least two days old and bore signs of torture as well as four bullet wounds.
Police also said that the deceased was belonged to Turbat and had come to the city to see some relatives.
In an unrelated case, 35–year–old Sultan was shot dead near the Landhi Sports Ground in the Sherpao Colony of Swati Mohalla while he was on his way home. The assailants fled after leaving the victim lying in a pool of blood.
The police shifted the body to the JPMC and SDPO Quaidabad Kamal Ahmed told The News that the deceased suffered three bullets to the body. He was a resident of the Swati Mullah.
Kamal believed that the man was killed over a personal enmity.