Karachi: 2 cops among 15 gunned down
KARACHI: Fifteen people, including a Pakistan People’s Party’s Youth Wing office-bearer and two policemen, were gunned down in the city on Sunday. Amir Gabol was shot and injured near Nullah Stop, Sector 5-E, New Karachi in the afternoon. He was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he expired during treatment. According to Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar, the deceased suffered three bullet wounds on his upper torso. Gabol was a resident of Lasi Goth, Sohrab Goth, and was the area president of PPP’s Youth Wing. He had come to a car showroom in the area when two men, riding a motorcycle, targeted him and fled.
The SDPO said the murder was part of the ongoing target killing spree. He added that the police found empty bullet casings of 9mm pistol at the crime scene. The deceased has left behind a widow and four children.
Afterwards, tension gripped the area as armed men fired gunshots in the air and forced traders to close their businesses. Moreover, activists and leaders of the PPP reached the hospital where they staged a protest, demanding immediate arrest of the killers.
Three murdered in Malir City
Usman Khan and Ayaz Baloch were gunned down on Pir Mehfooz Road near Jaffar–e–Tayyar Society Chowk, Malir City in the afternoon. Their bodies were moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for autopsy.
SDPO Rao Mohammed Iqbal said both victims were close friends and resided in Miraan Goth in Malir City. They had come to the area for some work when they were targeted by two men on a motorcycle.
They suffered multiple bullet wounds on their upper torso. The police found empty bullet shells of 9mm pistol at the spot.
Police termed the dual murder a target killing case and added that the deceased were heading for the Awami Tehreek rally when they were targeted. However, their political affiliation could not yet be ascertained.
The bullet–riddled body of a man was also found in bushes in Jaffar-e-Tayyar Society, Malir City. It was shifted to the JPMC for post–mortem.
The deceased was wearing jeans and shirt and appeared to be in his 20s. However, no identification card was found on the body.
PTI activist killed near Do Talwar
Dilawer, 32, was fired upon near Do Talwar, Zamzama Street, DHA, in the afternoon. He was rushed to the JPMC in a critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries.
SDPO Clifton Nayarul Haq said Dilawar was an activist of the Pakistan Tehreek–e–Insaf (PTI) and a resident of Bagh Colony, upper Gizri.
He was attacked as he was heading towards the PTI rally. The police described the murder as a target killing case.
Afterwards, activists and leaders of the PTI reached the hospital where they staged protest against Dilawar’s killing.
Two police constables targeted
A police constable, Mohammed Anees, was seriously injured near Dabba Mor, Orangi Town No 5 in the evening. He was shifted to the ASH, where he expired during treatment. Anees was a residing in the same area and was posted at the Crime Investigation Department (Operations).
SDPO Rustam Nawaz said the deceased had left his home in the evening when two men on a motorcycle intercepted the constable and shot him. Anees suffered a single bullet wound on his head.
The police found empty 9mm pistol bullet shells at the crime scene and described the murder as yet another target killing case.
Another police constable, Jawed Ali, was shot dead near Abu Zar Ghaffari Masjid, Sector 11½, Orangi Town in the evening.
According to SHO Matiullah Khan, Ali was residing in the same area and he was going to offer Maghribain prayers, when he was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle.
The deceased suffered two bullet wounds on his upper torso. He was part of the Special Investigation Team of District West.
The police said the constable’s murder could be sectarian in nature. Uzair Khan was shot dead near Ittehad Town Mor, Saeedadabad police limits, late night. SHO Chaudhry Mohammed Irshad said that deceased Uzair was a roadside vendor selling roasted corn and he was heading for his house from Sunday Bazaar, when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, shot him dead.
His body was moved to ASH where the MLO said that Uzair received bullet wounds on his upper torso He was residing in Gulshan–i-Ghazi and hailed from KP. Police described Uzair’s murder as part of target killing.
Tauseef was gunned down near Malir Telephone Exchange in Model Colony police area late night.
According to SHO Tufail Ahmed, police found a 9mm pistol and eight empty casings from near the corpse. The deceased was passing through the area when unidentified bike riders shot him dead.
Tauseef’s body was moved to JPMC for post mortem. He was residing in the same area and was wanted by the police in a number of dacoity and street crime cases. It seems that he was killed by his accomplices over some issue, the SHO said.
Hakim Zada was fired upon and seriously injured on main Sultanabad Road in Manghopir area. He was taken to ASH where he breathed his last. SHO Chaudhry Basheer Ahmed said that the deceased received three bullet wounds on his body which became the cause of his death.
He was a supporter of a political party and residing in Banaras area. Police were investigating as to whether Hakim Zada was targeted or murdered in enmity.
CPCL employee’s body found
In another late night development, the tortured body of Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) employee, Anees, was found from the Mithadar area. SHO Aurangzeb Khattak of the Mithadar Police Station said that the body was retrieved from MA Jinnah Road, just opposite the City Courts.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi. Investigations revealed that the Anees lived in the Shanti Nagar area and left home on Sunday afternoon, telling his family that he was going out to buy a motorcycle.
The police said unidentified criminals kidnapped him from an unknown location and shot the victim dead after subjecting him to brutal torture. They added that the body was dumped in their police jurisdiction after the murder.
The hands and feet of the victim were tied up with a rope and he had been shot once in the head. He was an employee of Citizen Police Liaison Committee in PECHS. Investigators said that Anees had become yet another victim of the ongoing wave of targeted killings.
Separately, three bodies were found dead in the Khokharapar police remits. SDPO Imadad Ali Solangi said that the bodies were found from the RCD Ground and to JPMC. The deceased were later identified as Rehan alias Danger, Ahmed Ali and Sohrab Jokhio, a resident of the Malir City area.
He added that unidentified criminals kidnapped the three men from an unknown place and brutally tortured them before shooting them dead. The deceased were wanted by the police in a number of criminal cases.
In another incident, the body of an unidentified man was found near the Gul Plaza Market late on Sunday night. The Nabi Baksh police said that the body was dumped in their jurisdiction by people driving in a car.
Meanwhile, unidentified armed men had lobbed a cracker at a Ranger van in the Quaidabad area Police said that two Sindh Rangers personnel were injured.