Karachi: Several areas tense as 12 more killed
KARACHI: Another 12 people, including four activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and a Rangers sepoy, were gunned down in the city, triggering violence and protests in various localities on Wednesday. Several areas of the city had been tense till our going to press. The deaths brought to 33 the number of people killed in the city in the past three days.
MQM men slain
Khalid Kashmiri was shot dead near a car repair shop in Model Colony in the morning. According to SP Latif Ahmed Siddiqi of Shah Faisal Division, Kashmiri was standing near the shop when unidentified men, riding on motorcycles, appeared there and sprayed him with bullets.
He was moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim suffered seven bullets to various parts of his body.
Police seized empty shells of a 9mm pistol and a Kalashnikov from the scene. Kashmiri was a member of Muttahida Organising Committee (MOC) of the MQM.
Tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced traders to pull down shutters, while MQM activists and leadership reached the hospital and protested against the killing of their party man.
Another MQM worker, Mohammed Saqib, who was targeted outside his house in Martin Quarters in the Jamshed Quarters police limits on Monday night, succumbed to his injuries at the Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) on Wednesday afternoon.
SHO Khushnood Jawed said Saqib had suffered a single bullet wound to his head. He was a worker of the MQM’s Unit–157.
In a late-night attack, 50-year-old Muhammad Iqbal, a worker of the MQM’s Unit 80, died in Sector 44-C of Landhi No. 6. Police said he was sitting outside his home when gunmen riding a motorcycle shot and wounded him. He was taken to the JMPC where he succumbed to his wounds.
A gun attack on a Biryani shop left three people injured in Dehli Colony in the Frere police remit. One of the injured, Ahsan Siddiqui, 20, later died at the JPMC. He was a worker of the MQM. Tension gripped the area after the attack.
City warden killed
In the Bilal Colony police limits, armed men targeted City Warden Shaukat Ali at about 1:30am on Tuesday.
According to SDPO Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar of New Karachi Division, Shaukat was switching on the water motor of his house in Sector-5J when the attackers, riding a motorcycle, appeared there and fired at him. He was moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he died. The victim sustained two bullet wounds to his upper torso. He had married recently and he was a city warden in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.
Bacha Khan Mashwani was shot dead inside Mohammedi Masjid in Peerabad No-1 on Wednesday night. According to SDPO Rustam Nawaz of Peerabad Division, Bacha Khan was a resident of the same area and a member of the Tablighee Jamaat.
He was sitting with his colleagues inside the mosque after offering Isha prayers when armed men entered the mosque and opened fire, causing injuries to two of them. The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) where Bacha Khan died. The victim suffered four bullets of a 9mm pistol on his upper torso. Police termed the murder a target killing. Later, members of his Jamat staged a protest and demanded the arrest of the killers.
Rangers Sepoy shot dead
Armed men targeted Sepoy Younus of the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) in the Airport police limits in the night.
According to SSP Rao Anwaar Ahmed of District Malir, Younus belonged to the Rangers Intelligence Wing (FS Wing) and he along with his colleague had gone to Star Gate in pursuit of some information, when gunmen, riding a motorcycle, appeared there and opened fire on Sepoy Younus. However, his colleague retaliated and injured one of the fleeing suspects but still they managed to escape.
Younus was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Later, Rangers sleuths raided various hospitals and managed to apprehend the injured suspect from Shamsi Hospital in Malir and took him into custody.
Shop owners killed
Ehsanullah, 50, was fired upon and seriously injured outside his house in Delux Town, Sohrab Goth, on Wednesday night. He was moved to the JPMC where he breathed his last. SHO Fasih Zaman said the victim was the owner of a sanitary shop in Gulbahar.
Police were yet to ascertain the motive behind Ehsanuallah’s murder. He hailed from Okara.
Faisal Masih was gunned down by robbers at his shop in PIB Colony in the evening.
According to SSP Jawed Mehar of District East, Faisal Masih was a resident of Essa Nagri and the owner of a cellphone shop.
Armed men broke into Faisal Masih’s shop, and when he offered resistance, they fired at him and tried to flee. Other shopkeepers and passers-by however overpowered one of the fleeing suspects and started beating him. Police later reached the spot and saved him from the public wrath. Faisal was rushed to the ASH where he expired during treatment.
The held suspect was identified as Salman Bangash and he was wanted in a number of street crime cases.
After the incident, angry people blocked University Road in protest against the death of Faisal Masih and torched the motorcycle of the held suspect. Later, the police reached the scene and brought the situation under control.
Meanwhile, the body of Saleem Khan, bearing stab wounds, was recovered from the Sir Syed police area. SDPO Tahir Khan of Ajmir Nagri Division said Saleem was a taxi driver and lived in Sector–7D3 of North Karachi. He had left his home for some work on Tuesday night but did not return. He was tortured and stabbed to death and his body was found lying near the Shah Mohammed graveyard.
Police said Saleem was apparently murdered over some enmity; however, they were investigating the matter from different angles to ascertain the real motive behind the murder.
Late on Wednesday night, the body of a man stuffed into a gunny bag was found on Mirza Adam Khan Road in Lyari.