PPP activist, policeman among nine killed across city
[Dawn] At least six persons, including a policeman and a Pakistain People's Party (PPP) activist, were rubbed out in different parts of the city on Thursday that also witnessed roadside dumping of at least three bodies, officials said.
The policeman was bumped off in North Nazimabad while he was riding home, situated in Orangi Town, after duty hours, officials said.
He was hit by two bullets in the head and was struck down in his prime.
"Thirty-four-year-old constable Murshid Alam was intercepted by four men riding two cycle of violences near Qalandria Chowk," said Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan SHO Inspector Raja Tariq while quoting eyewitness accounts. "The attackers used 9mm pistol and sped away after firing at the police official. His body has been handed over to the family after medico-legal formalities at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital."
He said the victim was posted at the Khawaja Ajmair Nagri police headquarters. "The murder seemed to be part of the ongoing wave of coppers's killing," he said. He was the 64th police official killed in the city this year.
Earlier, a PPP worker was killed in a targeted attack near a roadside tea stall in North Nazimabad, police said.
Mohamamd Saleem Lasi, in his late 20s, was having tea with his elder brother and nephew on the greenbelt area between two roads in block L when three gunnies riding a motorbike pulled up there and fired at him, the police added.
"He was hit by three bullets each in the chest, shoulder and abdomen and was struck down in his prime," said an official at the Taimuria cop shoppe.
"He was an area resident and had come there with his elder brother and nephew during scheduled load-shedding hours in the area. The murder seemed to be politically motivated."
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PPP central president Sohail Abidi condemned the incident and said the victim was an active party worker, associated with the PS-101 of the party organizational structure.
"At a time when the PPP leadership both in the province and national level is making efforts for reviving peace mainly in Bloody Karachi the myrmidons are targeting PPP workers just to provoke the ruling party and exploit the vulnerable situation," he said.
ANP man hurt, passerby killed
In Gulshan-e-Iqbal, a senior Awami National Party (ANP) worker was maimed and a passerby was killed in a drive-by shooting, police said.
The police added that four men riding two motorbikes fired shots at 40-year-old Shah Kalam while he was stepping out of his apartment building on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.
"The firing left him badly maimed and also hit the passerby, Mohammad Rafiq," said Sachal SHO Azhar Ali Iqbal.
Both were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where Rafiq died during treatment, the police said.
The SHO believed that it was a targeted attack. "Shah Kalam was the target in the attack carried out with 9mm and 30-bore pistols," he said.
Three bodies found
The bodies of two friends who went missing a couple of days back were spotted along the Lyari
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Both victims, 31-year-old Ali Mustafa and 33-year-old Abdul Samad, were residents of Kharadar, the officials added.
Ali Mustafa was found rubbed out in the Miran Naka area along the Lyari River, said an official at the Shershah cop shoppe.
The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi.
Shortly afterwards, another body stuffed in a gunny bag was found on a road leading to Miran Naka within the remit of the Site-B cop shoppe.
The victim was later identified as Abdul Samad. He was stabbed with his throat slit, said an official at the SITE-B cop shoppe.
"We have reason to believe that the two friends were kidnapped and killed by the same group that abandoned their bodies some distance apart."
As the two bodies reached their residences, tension gripped the old city areas that caused markets closure. Another young man was found rubbed out near Hawkesbay, police said.
"With the help of an identity card found in his pocket, the victim was identified as 27-year-old Abdul Waleed, a resident of Turbat," said Mauripur SHO Inspector Shafiq Tanoli.
But the police remained clueless about the motive for the murder. "It's not yet clear as to why he was killed and who was behind the incident," the inspector said.
The body was shifted to the Edhi morgue after medico-legal formalities.
The police said they were tracing his family.
Man killed in Napier
In Napier, a gun attack on a roadside tea stall left one man dead and five others maimed, police said.
An official at the Napier cop shoppe said that Pervez Shabbir, 30, was killed when gunnies riding a motorbike opened fire on the tea stall.
"In the firing, Mohammad Sohail, Karam Ali, Amir Aslam, Zubair Ahmed and Atif Rauf were maimed. All of them were rushed to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where they were being provided treatment," the official said.
Trader rubbed out in Malir
A 40-year-old hosiery shop owner was rubbed out at his workplace in the Azeempura area of Malir, police said.
They added that two men riding a motorbike pulled up at the shop of Mohammad Akbar, one of them entered the facility, fired multiple shots at the owner and sped away along with his accomplice.
"The victim sustained three gunshot wounds and was struck down in his prime," said Al-Falah SHO Inspector Nawaz Gondal.
"The victim originally hailed from Azad Kashmire and was father of six. The incident seemed to be linked with some personal issues," the inspector said.
A suspected bandit was killed allegedly by a private security guard in Landhi, police said.
The officials added that two armed bandidos riding a motorbike intercepted a bread supplier's van in Sector 2-B of Landhi No 3, snatched over Rs2,000 in cash and cellphones from three men travelling in the van.
"As they tried to escape, area people shouted for help," said Landhi SHO Inspector Khalid Nadim Baig. "A few youngsters tried to approach but the bandidos fired shots at them. The private security guard of the van, who managed to keep his pistol intact, pulled out his gun and fired shots at the fleeing bandidos leaving one of them maimed."
The maimed robber fell down from the bike and the other was overpowered by the youngsters. Both were given a hiding by a charged mob before the police intervened.
"The police shifted the two men to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where the maimed bandit died during treatment," said the SHO.
"The dear departed was later identified as Nadim Deen Mohammad and his injured accomplice as Mahmood. We have also seized two TT pistols found in their possession."
The officer said the private guard, who fired at the bandidos, had a licensed pistol in the name of his company. The police after due interrogation and counterchecking of all relevant documents released the private guard, the SHO added.
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