Karachi: Former income tax commissioner among 7 slain
KARACHI: A former income tax commissioner was among the seven people gunned down in various parts of the city, while two others suffered bullet wounds on Thursday. Fifty-year-old Mumtaz Shaikh was on his way to office when his vehicle was intercepted by four men in Defence Phase–IV. The gunmen, who had been waiting at the spot to carry out the attack, shot the victim five times and fled. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where a medico–legal officer confirmed that Shaikh suffered five bullet wounds to the body. SHO Gizri Ismail Lashari and his team rushed to the spot and recovered empty Kalashnikov bullet casings, which were sent to the Sindh police Laboratory for forensic tests. The SHO also said that deceased was a former income tax commissioner and resided near the Yasrib Imambargah in Defence. The officer believed that the murder was a targeted attack.
Meanwhile, SSP South Asif Sheikh told The News that investigations were underway to determine whether this was a case of target killing or a personal enmity. He added that Shaikh was also a member of the Board of Revenue. CCTV footage would be reviewed to try and catch the murderers, the officer concluded.
In an unrelated incident in Nazimabad, 20–year–old Umair died, while Anjum and Khizer suffered bullet wounds when they were shot by unidentified gunmen near an international fast food restaurant in the North Nazimabad area.
The injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in a critical condition; however, Umair never made it to the medical facility and died on the way.
According to the police, Umair lived in Khawaja Ajmer Nagri, while Anjum and Khizer were residents of Orangi Town. The police claimed that the victim was specifically targeted.
Also on Thursday, 35-year-old Abdul Ghaffar was murdered by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near the Mirza Adam Khan Road. The body of the victim was taken to the Civil Hospital for legal formalities. This was another case of targeted killing, according to the Chakiwara police.
In a separate incident, the bullet–riddled body of an unidentified 20–year–old man was found near an eye hospital in the Metroville area of the Orangi Town police jurisdiction.
The police took the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities. An MLO said that the body bore torture and the victim had been shot twice.
Two killed in Manghopir
Two people were also separately gunned down in the Manghopir police limits.
The first incident saw 30–year–old Danish shot dead by unidentified gunmen as he sat at a local shop. The body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital. The police said that the victim resided in the same area as he was killed and added that this was yet another targeted attack.
Shah was sitting outside his house when unidentified gunmen arrived at the scene and shot him dead. His family members heard the gunshots and rushed out of the house to find the 30–year–old man lying in a pool of blood. The corpse was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Another body found
The bullet–riddled body of an unidentified man, appearing to be in his early thirties, was found near the Mustufa Masjid just opposite the Qatar Hospital in the Orangi Town police limits.
A local saw the body and told the police, who shifted the corpse to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy.
An MLO said there were torture marks on the body and the victim was shot three times.
Meanwhile, MQM activist Irfan, injured in a Wednesday attack on the Napier Road died at the Civil Hospital on Thursday.