Sectarian attacks leave two dead: Three activists gunned down
[Dawn] Three more people were killed on political grounds while sectarian attacks left two other men dead on Friday as the law-enforcement agencies appeared helpless to stem the violence that claimed a total of 10 lives across the city.
Just over the past three days, the rising wave of killings has left at least 31 people dead, many of them on political and sectarian grounds.
On Friday, two Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
activists, a Pakistain People's Party worker and a worker of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and a pesh imam of a Barelvi mosque were bumped off in separate incidents of firing.
Police said that a young man was bumped off at a welding shop in the old city area of Kalakot.
They added Arsalan, 23, son of Mohammad Zaki, was at his shop near Ghans Mandi when gunnies opened fire on him and fled.
The victim was a resident of Usmanabad and a worker of MQM Unit 32, Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
sector, the police said.
Kalakot SHO Javed Baloch said that the victim died before he could be shifted to hospital. The body was later taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, where a large number of party workers reached after learning about the incident.
The police Sherlocks seized several spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol found at the scene of the crime. They said the victim had sustained gunshot wounds to his head and chest.
Following the killing, tension gripped the old city areas compelling traders to keep their businesses closed.
In New Bloody Karachi, a watchman said to be an MQM activist was rubbed out on Friday night.
Police said Abdul Hakeem was on duty at the New Bloody Karachi town office where he was sprayed with bullets. He was struck down in his prime, they added.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The police said that he was a resident of New Bloody Karachi Sector 5 and father of three.
PPP worker rubbed out
A young activist of the Pakistain People's Party was sprayed with a volley of bullets near his house in the old city area, police said.
Amjad Baloch, 26, was targeted as he came out of his house near Salar Compound. He sustained seven gunshot wounds and was struck down in his prime, the police added.
They said that the victim was a brother-in-law of senior PPP member and former chief security officer of Bilawal House Akram Baloch.
Following the killing, all commercial activities around Bhimpura and Spencer's Eye Hospital were suspended.
Napier SHO Aslam Gujjar said that the police Sherlocks seized nine spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol found at the scene of the crime.
He said the manner in which the young man was ambushed showed that the attackers had carried out complete planning. He said for some time, there was a conflict between Akram Baloch and defunct People's Amn Committee.
ASWJ man rubbed out
The owner of a spare parts shop associated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was bumped off in a drive-by shooting in Golimar, police and party sources said.
They added that Mirza Sohail Baig, 36, was targeted outside his spare parts shop in Peetal Wali Gali of the Golimar area. The victim sustained three gunshot wounds to his chest and head, causing his instant death, said an official at the Rizvia cop shoppe.
Sub divisional police officer (SDPO) Rustam Khattak said the victim was waiting for his son when he was killed.
"Sohail was father of three," he said, adding that the killing seemed to be part of the ongoing sectarian attacks.
The police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Seeking immediate arrest of killers, an ASWJ front man Maulana Saeed Akbar said the victim was a party member.
Prayer leader killed
A pesh imam was bumped off near Millennium Mall on Rashid Minhas Road, police said.
They added that Kashif, 30, son of Irshad, was killed in a drive-by shooting. He died while being shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, said an official of the Sharea Faisal cop shoppe.
The victim was a resident of New Bloody Karachi and belonged to the Barelvi sect, he added.
A tailor master, Zakirul Islam, 40, was killed at his shop near Fatima Bai hospital within the remit of the Soldier Bazaar cop shoppe, officials said.
While the police quoted his family as saying that he was not associated with any political or sectarian group, the ASWJ front man claimed that he was a party supporter.
The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi, the police said, adding that he was a resident of Soldier Bazaar.
Rickshaw driver killed
A rickshaw driver was killed within the remit of the Garden cop shoppe, officials said.
Asif Ramzan, 30, was rubbed out near Jilani Masjid, the police said.
The police added that he was a resident of Ranchore Lines and said to be an MQM supporter.
Enmity claims life
A resident of North Bloody Karachi was rubbed out over what police described as a personal dispute in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Zubair Siddiqui, 45, sustained four gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting near NIPA in Block 5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, the police said.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal SHO Rana Haseeb said that the victim was a technician at a pathological lab situated at NIPA.
"It is being suspected that the killing was result of some personal enmity," the SHO added.
Elderly man found rubbed out
A 63-year-old man was found rubbed out in Korangi-3, police said.
They added the victim, Arif Hidayat, was trussed up before being shot thrice in Sector 2-1/2.
The police later shifted the body to the JPMC.
The victim was a resident of Teen Hati and father of eight.
The officials quoted victim's son Farhan as saying that he often used to leave the house for a couple of days. As a matter of routine, he left the house two days back telling his youngest daughter to keep his room cleaned.
The body of a middle-aged fisherman was found from the ICI Bridge within the remit of the Docks cop shoppe in the early hours of Friday.
The police shifted the body bearing torture marks to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where he was identified as Abdul Latif, a resident of Nayabad, Lyari.
The police said that investigation was under way to ascertain a motive for the killing.
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