Karachi: 3 Lyari gangsters among 8 shot dead
KARACHI: At least five people, including a sector incharge of the Sunni Tehrik (ST) and an activist of the AhleSunnatWalJamat (ASWJ), were killed in different parts of the city on Saturday. Besides, rival groups of the Lyari gang war indulged in a clash in which a gangster having a bounty of Rs0.5 million was shot dead and in revenge a gangster of his rival group along with his brother were killed and their bodies torched. Naseem (35), son of Saleem, was fired upon and seriously injured in Khalil Market, Baba Wilayat Shah Colony, Orangi Town in the Iqbal Market police limits in the afternoon. He was taken to the Qatar Hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to SHO Sabir Khan, Naseem was the owner of electronic shop in the said area and he was busy in his routine work when two unidentified men, riding a motorcycle, came there and sprayed him with bullets
He received 10 bullets on various parts of his body, including head and chest. Police seized empty casings of 30–bore pistol from the scene for forensic test.
He was a worker of ASWJ, as the police termed his murder a part of target killing.
Later, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the traders to shut their businesses. In the meantime, the activists and leaders of ASWJ reached the hospital where they lodged protest against the killing of their party man.
However, some miscreants opened fire on the protestors outside the Qatar Hospital due to which three people, including Arman and Shahmim, sustained injuries.
SHO Abdul Moid of Orangi Town police station confirmed the firing incident outside the Qatar Hospital and said that the police were trying to nab the miscreants.
Abdul Ghaffar was killed while Samiullah was injured by the firing of unidentified men in Bilal Colony in Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) police limits in the afternoon.
SHO Tariq Rahim said that deceased Ghaffar and Samiullah were present in the area of their residence in the afternoon when two men riding a motorcycle stopped near Ghaffar. The bike rider shook hand with Ghaffar while his pillion rider opened random fire on them. They were moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where Ghaffar breathed his last while Samiullah was admitted for treatment Ghaffar received single bullet of 30-bore pistol on his heart which caused his death. Police described the incident as target killing, as Ghaffar was a supporter of Awami National Party (ANP) while injured Samilullah was also a worker of the same party.
Abbas Qadri (38) was shot dead near Mushtaq Marriage Hall, North Karachi, in Bilal Colony police area in the night.
According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar of New Karachi Division, deceased Abbas Qadri was the area sector incharge of the ST and residing in Yousuf Goth. He was going to attend the marriage ceremony of his relative and when Abbas Qadri reached near the marriage hall, two men riding a motorcycle targeted him. He was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he was pronounced dead. The deceased received a single bullet in his head which caused his instant death. Police seized empty shell of 9mm pistol from the spot.
Later, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the shopkeepers to pull down shutters. Azhar ul Haq, 50, was killed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal police limits. He was a resident of Buffer Zone and worked in a private company.
SHO Rana Haseeb said that Azhar was sitting inside his car parked outside the Mobile Mall, Rashid Minhas Road near Gulshan Chowrangi in the night when two bike riders appeared there and shot at him.
He was moved to JPMC where he was pronounced dead. The deceased received a single bullet wound on his chest.
Police were yet to ascertain as to whether it was a target killing incident or a robbery bid.
Waris Masih was killed near Taj Hotel, Gulshan market, Korangi No-5 in the night.
SDPO Abdul Majeed Abbas of Landhi Division said that Waris along with his wife was moving towards the area on motorcycle when two unidentified men, riding a bike, came across their motorcycle and opened fire at him. He was moved to the JPMC where he breathed his last. He received bullet wounds on his chest. Police were investigating to ascertain the real motive behind Waris Masih’s killing.
In Baghdadi, Rashid Bengali was shot dead while in revenge IsrarBaloch and his brother were killed and burnt alive. Police sources said that it was Saturday night when Rashid Bengali and Israr Baloch of Lyari gang war exchanged hot arguments over extortion money at Sheedi Village Road.
In the meantime, Israr Baloch opened fire on Rashid Bengali and fled. Rashid was taken to Lyari General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Rashid Bengali was the right hand man of known gangster Noor Mohammed alias Baba Ladla and was wanted by the police in a number of cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping for ransom, target killing and extortion cases.
According to sources, Bengali had captured a house in Baghdadi where he used to kill the people abducted from various parts of the city. He had named his den as “RaamGarh”. After the incident, panic stirred in entire Lyari where armed gangsters resorted to aerial firing and forced the traders to pull down shutters.
Police sources said that the gangsters of Baba Ladla group later led a search for Israr Baloch and abducted him and his brother from Lyari area. They later shot them dead and took their bodies to a garbage dump on Sheedi Village Road where they also torched the two corpses.
Israr Baloch was the right hand man of Abdul Jabbar alias Jeango, who was wanted in extortion and target killing cases. Situation in Lyari was tense till the filing of this report.