Karachi: 6 ASWJ supporters among 8 killed
KARACHI: The fresh wave of target killings continued in the city on Saturday when at least another eight people, including six supporters of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), were killed. The deaths brought to 16 the number of people who fell victim to target killings in the city in two days. On Friday, two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists and a policeman were among eight people who had lost their lives in shooting incidents. On Saturday, five ASWJ supporters were gunned down in North Karachi in the Sir Syed police remit. According to SHO Changez Khan, the victims were having Sehri at a hotel near Disco Mor in North Karachi when gunmen riding motorcycles appeared there and opened indiscriminate fire, causing bullet wounds to seven to eight people. They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where Syed Atif Ali, Naveed Shahzad, Shaukat Mukhtar, Zahoor Ahmed and Hafiz Syed Sharjeel Ali succumbed to their injuries, while Hassan and two others were admitted for treatment. The victims suffered multiple bullet wounds to various parts of their bodies. Three of the victims were students of the Quba Masjid seminary situated at a short distance from the hotel and lived in the same area, while the remaining two were the residents of New Karachi.
Describing the incident a part of the ongoing wave of target killings, police confirmed that the five were the supporters of the ASWJ. Police seized empty shells of a 9mm pistol from the scene for forensic tests.
The funeral prayers of the five men were offered at Quba Masjid, New Karachi, which were largely attended by ASWJ activists and leaders.
The leaders strongly protested the killing of their party workers and demanded of the government to immediately arrest the culprits.
After the incident, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to pull down shutters. The situation remained tense till Saturday evening.
In a separate incident, Qari Ehsan-ur-Rehman was shot dead in Samanabad Block–19 near Kohinoor Bakery in the Federal B Area police limits in the afternoon.
According to Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Rehmatullah Khan of Gulberg Division, Qari Ehsan was the Moazin of Masjid–e-Rizwan and he used to teach the holy Quran to children at their houses.
Qari Ehsan was on his way to the mosque, when gunmen on a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets. He was taken to the ASH where he was pronounced dead.
He suffered several bullet wounds to various parts of his body. Police seized empty casings of a 9mm pistol from the scene.
Police termed Qari Ehsan’s murder a target killing and said that he was also a sympathizer of the ASWJ. The incident triggered panic in the area, as the party workers and leaders lodged protest against the incident.
City warden shot dead
City Warden Saifuddin was shot dead by fleeing robbers in the Baldia Town police limits on Saturday afternoon.
SHO Zafar Iqbal said that three armed men robbed a milk shop in Baldia No–III and were escaping when City Warden Saifuddin attempted to overpower them. At this the gunmen opened fire and injured him seriously. He was taken to the ASH where he expired during treatment.
The victim suffered multiple fatal bullet wounds to his upper torso. He lived in the same area and the incident happened when he was heading towards his house. He was an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
A house maid was killed by the firing of unidentified men on a public bus in the Baghdadi police area on Saturday morning.
According to SHO Haji Sanaullah, Hajra was travelling on a bus of Route-7C and when it reached near a Kharadar market some armed men opened fire on the bus. As a result, the woman was hit by a bullet in the chest and she died on the spot.
She was a housemaid and resident of Chakiwara No–2. She has left behind two children.
Altaf expresses sorrow
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the killing of Saifuddin, a worker of Unit 117 of the Baldia Town Sector.
He paid tributes to the victim for his services for the party and offered condolences to the bereaved family members.
In a press release issued from London, Hussain asked the family to bear the loss with patience, and said their grief was felt by each worker of the party. He prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessings on the departed soul.
Meanwhile, the Coordination Committee of the MQM strongly condemned the brutal killing of Saifuddin by the firing of unidentified terrorists. It said that the recent spate of violence and bloodshed in the city was a matter of grave concern for the citizens. It said that the terrorists were pursuing their nefarious designs to create a state of instability in the city.
The committee also offered condolences to the grief-stricken family. It demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the killing of Saifuddin. It demanded of the government to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.