Karachi: 4 ‘target killers’ among 6 arrested
KARACHI: Six suspected criminals, including four believed to be involved in target killings, were arrested by the East District police on Tuesday.
SSP East Pir Mohammad Shah said the Sharea Faisal police and the special investigation team conducted a joint raid at a hideout in Sharea Faisal and after a shootout arrested Syed Mohammad Zargham. He was found in possession of a sub–machine gun.
During interrogation, Zargham confessed to his involvement in 31 murders including that of three policemen.
In 2005, he had murdered jail superintendent Pir Shabbir Ahmed Sarhandi and a passerby Fahim Farooq near Ashfaq Memorial Hospital on University Road. Again that year, he had targeted an activist of a religious party in the same area.
He had also murdered a gambler and an activist of a political party in Liaquatabad and a young man in Liaquatabad No 10.
In 2006, Zargham and his associates had tried to target SSP Chaudhry Aslam near Punjab Chowrangi. In the attack, two police guards, ASI Mohammad Arif and head constable Nadeem Akhtar, were killed but SSP Aslam had remained unhurt.
In 2007, Zargham had targeted a traffic policeman near Lasania Restaurant on Sharea Faisal. He was also involved in the May 12, 2007 mayhem in the city and disclosed that he had murdered eight people that day.
In 2008, he had murdered Waheed Mechanic and Tariq Bajwa in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and a watchman near Farhan Tower in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Zargham had also killed two men near Madina Blessings in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He had abducted Farhan, an activist of a religious party, strangled him to death and dumped his body near United King Bakery in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
In 2010, he had carried out a gun attack on a rally organised by Sindhi nationalist parties near Jauhar Morr, killing a woman.
The SSP said the East district police had arrested another target killer, Nadeem Khan alias Hakla alias Mamoon, in another raid.
The official said Khan had confessed to murdering sub-inspectors Zahoor and Asghar Tarar in Mominabad in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He was found in possession of a pistol.
Another suspected target killer, Mohammed Imran, was arrested by the Ferozabad police. The official said Imran had confessed to murdering six people in the East district. He had also killed Raza Doodhwala and Bhoora near Nasir Jump in Korangi in 2013. In 2014, he had killed Asad, Nazeer, Khan and a fourth unidentified man in Korangi.
The SSP said the special investigation team had conducted another raid and arrested a suspected target killer, Mohammed Danish. Besides, two men involved in street crimes, Mohammad Rameez and Mohammad Imran alias Kamran, were also rounded up. A Kalashnikov, a 30-bore pistol, an MP-5 rifle and two pistols were seized in these raids.