Karachi: Cop among 9 killed
KARACHI: Nine people, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, a policeman and a transporter, were murdered in the city, police said on Monday. Forty–five–year–old Kaleemullah, a former MQM unit in–charge and a Karachi Water and Sewerage Board employee, was shot dead at Lal Masjid Wali Gali, Dabba Morr, Iqbal Market. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Waheed Khan of the Pakistan Bazaar Division said Kaleemullah was heading towards a mosque near his home to offer Asr prayers, when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. He was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim had suffered three bullet wounds to his upper torso. The police found empty 9mm pistol bullet shells at the crime scene. Following the murder, tension gripped the area as some men fired gunshots in the air and forced shopkeepers to pull down the shutters.MQM leaders reached the hospital, where they staged a protest and demanded the immediate arrest of the killers.
A police constable was shot dead near the Police East Headquarters. New Town SHO Inaam Junejo said Constable Syed Ijaz Hussain, who was posted in the Security Zone-II and a resident of Drigh Road, Shah Faisal Colony, was heading towards his home on Sunday night when a bullet struck his upper torso. He was taken to the Aga Khan Hospital, where he breathed his last on Monday afternoon.
“There are no witnesses and we believe that the assailants had fired at the constable from a distance,” the SHO said. Hussain has left behind a widow and two children.
A transporter and his record keeper were gunned down at their office in Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Baldia. SP Qamar Zaman of the Baldia Division said 55–year–old Khan Pasand, who owned mini-buses of the G-7 route, and Raees Khan were sitting at the office in the morning, when two men on a motorcycle arrived there and sprayed them with bullets.
The two men were rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where they expired. The two victims had suffered multiple bullet wounds to their upper torso. The police found 10 empty 30–bore pistol bullet shells at the spot. The two men were residents of Baldia Town and hailed from Swabi, Balochistan.
Trader shot dead
A trader was murdered in Sector–11E, Orangi Town.
Police said Mohtashim was a resident of Taiser Town, Surjani. His bullet–riddled body, also bearing torture marks, was found in the morning. The police shifted the body to the ASH and aired a message about it on their control system.
Later, a family approached the police and identified the victim. It told the police that three men, Waseem, Babar, Asif, had visited Mohtashim on Sunday night to sort out a petty matter. Mohtashim left home with the three men but did not return.
The police said the murder appeared to be motivated by personal enmity and an FIR was lodged against the men who were nominated by the victim’s family.
A man and his wife were killed in Madina Colony, Shah Latif. The area’s SHO, Ali Hasan Sheikh, said 45–year–old Raeet Khan and his 35-year-old wife Parveen were found murdered in their house in the morning. The bodies were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. The couple’s son, Rahim, told the police his family had a dispute with the neighbours. Rahim and his parents had shifted to Quaidabad around six months ago after receiving death threats from the neighbours.
Following the recent rains, Rahim and his parents had decided to visit their house to see if their belongings were safe and the roof intact. They were going through their belongings after arriving at their house when the neighbours barged inside and opened fire on them. The SHO said the police had registered an FIR and were looking for the accused.
Two killed in Orangi
In a late-night development, two men were murdered in Orangi Town No 5.
Sub–Divisional Police Officer Rustam Nawaz of the Peerabad Division said Tehseen Baloch and the other man, who was yet to be identified, were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle.
The police moved the bodies to the ASH. The victims had suffered multiple bullet wounds to their upper torsos. The police found empty 9mm pistol bullet shells at the murder scene. The police officer said Baloch was a resident of Baldia Town.