Karachi: 17 more killed during 24 hours
KARACHI: Seventeen people, including activists of political and religious parties, were killed in different parts of the metropolis during the last 24 hours on Wednesday. Late on Wednesday, firing incidents claimed three lives in Aisha Manzil, Buffer Zone and Defence phase 6. Earlier, Two people, Zafar Alvi and Zahid Hussain, were gunned down while two others were injured in Rizvia, Gulbahar police limits, near the Zamindaar Chowk. Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Rustam Khan Khattak of Nazimabad said that Alvi was shot outside his house when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him. He added that the accused were fleeing when they were hit by a motorcycle rider near the Liaquat Chowk, some distance away from the crime scene. Thinking that motorcyclist was a friend of Alvi, the fleeing assailants opened fire on him. Motorcyclist ZahidHussain and two passersby, Iqbal and Jackson, were injured. The injured were taken to the AbbasiShaheed Hospital where during treatment Alvi and ZahidHussain succumbed to their injuries.
Alvi was also an activist of the MQM of Nazimabad Sector. Later, tension developed in the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to close their businesses. A case was reported and investigation is underway.
Sources said on Wednesday morning, after dropping children at school, Zahir Abbas was heading home when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. Station House Officer (SHO) Rashid of the Samanabad Police Station said the police received information on Wednesday morning that a man was shot near the Water Pump Chowrangi. Acting on the tip off, a police van rushed to the spot and moved the injured to the AbbasiShaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Abbas was a resident of Ancholi.
Following the incident, tension developed in Gulbahar, Rizvia, Nazimabad, Gulberg and Ancholi where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to close their shops.
In a separate case, NaeemBaloch was shot dead in Mominabad police limits on Wednesday morning. Police said that the deceased was a resident of Faqeer Colony of Orangi and was present outside his house when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at him and fled. The injured was moved to the Civil Hospital where he expired.
Khalid, 25, was shot dead in the Garden police limits. Police said that the deceased was passing by the Fowara Chowk when two armed men on a motorcycle shot him, injured him and fled. The injured was moved to the Civil Hospital where he expired. The deceased was a resident of the same area.
Babar Shahzad’s tortured and bullet–riddled body was found from the Kalri police limits. The body of Babar was retrieved from the Mirza Adam Khan Road on Wednesday afternoon. Police said that they shifted the body to the Civil Hospital and also aired a message on the police control. Afterwards, a family approached the police and identified the deceased as a resident of the Old City area.
In the Korangi Industrial Area police limits, armed men gunned down Mehar Ali Panhwar, 40. Superintendent of Police (SP) Irfan Bhutto of the Shah Faisal Division said that Mehar Ali, a resident of Mehran Town, Bilal Colony, Korangi, was present outside his house when two armed men on a motorcycle opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. The body was moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for post mortem. Investigators termed the murder of Mehar Ali a part of target killings and added that he was also a worker of MQM’s Muzafati Committee.
Jameel Ahmed Setho was shot dead in the Aziz Bhatti police limits on Wednesday evening within No-15 of Dalmia Society near Golden Kitchen. Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) NasirLodhi of New Town Division said that Jameel was a reporter of a local newspaper and a resident of Shanti Nagar. On Wednesday evening, two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him and injured him. He was rushed to the JPMC where during treatment he expired.
In Kharadar, armed men targeted Bilal Ali, 30. Police said that the deceased was a resident of Defence and came to Kharadar to attend the funeral prayers of some one. When he was returning after offering the prayers at the Napier Road, two armed men on a motorcycle opened fire at him. He was moved to the Civil Hospital where he expired. Investigators termed the murder of Bilal as part of target killings and added that he was a supporter of the MQM.
In Surjani Town, two workers of the Pakistan People’s Party, Umer Sheikh and LalaFazal, were gunned down. SHO IrshadGabol of Surjani Town police station said that the deceased were residents of Sector–7E and owners of a snack bar.
On Wednesday night, they were present at their shop when two armed men riding a motorcycle came and injured them. They were moved to the AbbasiShaheed Hospital where during treatment they expired. Investigators termed the murder of Umer and LalaFazal target killings and added that they were active members of PPP of PS-97. Moreover, deceased Umer’s relative Feroze was also gunned down in the same area two weeks back.
In the Al–Falah area, armed men gunned down Nazeer Nawaz, 60, on Wednesday night. SHO SarfrazGondal of Al–Falah police said that the deceased was a resident of Gharib Nawaz Colony and was also the caretaker of Gharib Nawaz Mazar. On Wednesday night, after offering the Esha prayers, he was returning to his house when two armed men on a motorcycle shot him dead on the spot. The body was later moved to the JPMC for post mortem. Investigators termed the murder of Nazeer as target killing and added that his younger son was an active member of the MQM while he was a supporter of the party.
Meanwhile, Nisaar Ali was shot dead while Waheed and Nadeem were injured in the New Karachi area. SDPO Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar of the New Karachi Division said that deceased Nisaar and Waheed and Nadeem were relatives and belonged to Gambat. They used to visit Karachi to sell pampers at the Budh Bazaar in New Karachi.
On Wednesday night, they were working at their stall, when two armed men came, opened fire on them, injuring Nisaar, Waheed and Nadeem. They were moved to the AbbasiShaheed Hospital where Nisaar expired.
Late on Wednesday night, in the Taimooria police limits, Siddique was injured when armed men fired at him from a pick-up van near the People’s Chowrangi. He received two bullet wounds and was rushed to the AbbasiShaheed Hospital where he died.
In a late night incident, Syed Qasim was shot dead near Dhatmal Bakery. He was the owner of a sweet shop and a resident of Liaquatabad. Empty bullet shells found from various crime scenes have been sent for investigation. Meanwhile, separate cases have been lodged and investigation is underway.