16 killed across city: Violence breaks out after attack on ASWJ leader
[Dawn] Violence erupted in different parts of the city on Tuesday after an attack on a central leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and the killing of four men associated with the group believed to be a reincarnation of the banned turban outfit of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain
...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was
banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts...
Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqui, the central leader of ASWJ, sustained a gunshot wound in the thigh in the attack on his motorcade in Gulshan-e-Iqbal that left four coppers, a private guard and a driver dead.
While the ASWJ called for a day of mourning, transporters' organizations in the city announced that they would keep their vehicles off the road on Wednesday.
"The double cabin [pickup truck] in which Maulana Farooqui was travelling was being escorted by a police van and a private vehicle with private gunnies," said DIG (east) Shahid Hayat.
The Maulana was heading from NIPA towards Sohrab Goth -- the route he often took to reach home -- when they came under attack on Rashid Minhas Road in front of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 1, Moti Mahal, the senior police officer said.
In the attack, the police said, four coppers were killed, while the pickup truck's driver lost control over the steering after being hit by a bullet with the result that the vehicle ran over the traffic island. The Maulana survived the attack with a gunshot in the thigh, but his private guard was killed in the ambush, the officials said.
The police Sherlocks said there were conflicting witness accounts about the number of attackers. They added that the attackers used 9mm pistols, an AK-47 and a .222 rifle. The police seized several dozens of spent bullet casings from the crime-scene, a police brass hat said.
DIG Hayat said evidence indicated that at least three gunnies took part in the attack. "But definitely they must have been backed by their accomplices," the officer said.
The maimed were rushed to the Liaquat National Hospital where most of them died during treatment.
As soon as the news of the attack on the ASWJ leader spread, violent protests broke out outside the hospital as protesters hurled stones at vehicles on Stadium Road and set fire to tyres.
Shortly afterwards violence spread to other parts of the city including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Ayesha Manzil, Baloch Colony and Qayumabad. Armed men had gun sex.
A mob set a minibus on fire near Ayesha Manzil. Protesters also hurled stones at vehicles and placed burning tyres on roads, suspending traffic in different parts of the city.
A violent protest was witnessed on Sharea Faisal where the traffic flow remained suspended in evening hours.
Police and Rangers personnel rushed to the disturbed areas to control the situation. They also made some arrests.
ars longa, vita brevis...
fear and tension gripped many localities as markets, bazaars and some petrol pumps also remained closed.
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
Maulana Farooqui spoke to some private television channels from his hospital bed and paid tribute to those killed in the attack.
Calling upon ASWJ workers not to indulge in violence, he said: "The attack was meant to intimidate me from my mission, but I will continue with the cause."
Two killed in Saddar
Two of the three people who were maimed in firing in Saddar were pronounced dead on arrival at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre while the third victim was admitted for treatment, police said.
The ASWJ claimed that the dear departed were their sympathizers.
Rozi Khan, Niamat Khan and another man were maimed in firing near Madni mosque on Preedy Street on Tuesday night, said a
duty officer of the Brigade cop shoppe.
In Orangi Town, three people were bumped off apparently in two sectarian attacks and a young man was rubbed out on political grounds, police said.
Two of the dear departed were associated with ASWJ, while the third victim belonged to the Shia sect, the police added.Mohammad Hafeez and Ghulam Haider were passing through Sector 12-½ of Orangi Town on a cycle of violence when they were shot at and maimed, said an official of the Orangi Town cop shoppe.
They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Mr Haider was pronounced dead on arrival while Mr Hafeez died during treatment, the official said.
"Both men were associated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat," said SP Nasir Aftab.
Shortly afterwards, a young man belonging to the Shia sect was targeted in the Rais Amrohvi Colony in what police suspected was a reprisal attack.
The victim, Syed Shahid Hussain, a vegetable vendor, was rubbed out within the remit of the Iqbal Market cop shoppe, the SP said.
MQM man rubbed out
A young man said to be associated with the 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...
was killed in the same vicinity, the officer said.
Mohammad Nadeem was working at a cycle of violence repair shop when he was targeted, SP Aftab said.
He was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
Following the killings, tension gripped parts of the Orangi Town where shops and markets were closed.
A young man, who had come along with his five accomplices riding three motorbikes apparently to carry out an attack on an Imambargah in New 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...
, was killed after being hit by a bullet fired by his accomplice, police said.
The suspects fired at Imambargah Shah-e-Kazmain in Sector 11-G when one of them was hit, said New Bloody Karachi SP.
"As he fell from the motorbike, his accomplices sped away," he said, adding that he was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died.
The suspect was later identified as Zainul Abideen, son of Mohammad Siddique, a resident of Sector 11-G, the SP said.
Clash leaves one dead
A young man was killed and his brother was maimed in a clash in Shah Faisal Colony on Tuesday, police said.
The police added that Shahzad Aslam, 25, was rubbed out and his brother, Ayaz, 22, was maimed when they were fired at after they had a clash with some people near their house in Azeempura.
The police described the incident as the result of a personal enmity.
The body and the maimed victim were taken to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively, the police said.
Man killed in DHA
A son of a deputy superintendent police was rubbed out in Defence Housing Authority Phase V in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.
The police described personal enmity as the possible motive for the killing.
They added that Shahzaib, son of DSP Aurengzeb and a relative of a Pakistain People's Party-Parliamentarian member of the national assembly elected from Lyari, was maimed in firing near Mubarak Masjid, DHA Phase-V, within the remit of the Darakhshan cop shoppe. The victim was rushed to Ziauddin Hospital, where he died during treatment, the officials said.
The police later registered an FIR (591/2013) under Section 302 (premeditated murder) against Shahrukh Jatoi and his accomplices.
Youngster rubbed out
A 20-year-old man was rubbed out after being made to stand in a street in the downtown area of Kharadar on Tuesday night, police said.
The victim was kidnapped and brought to Kamil Gali before being bumped off, said an official of the Kharadar cop shoppe.
The attackers sped away on a cycle of violence after the murder.
The body was later shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for medico-legal formalities.
Three bodies found
The body of an unidentified man was found at an abandoned house in the Shershah area on Tuesday, police said.
The police Sherlocks suspected that the victim might have been killed a few days ago. They said the body bearing torture marks was shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for medico-legal formalities.
Earlier in the morning, a body stuffed in a gunny bag was found in the Timber Market area of Old Haji Camp within the remit of the Napier cop shoppe.
The police Sherlocks said that the victim was kidnapped and tortured before being killed. The body was taken to Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for his appointment with Doctor Quincy.
The body of another unidentified man was found in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block-6 within the remit of the Gulshan cop shoppe.
The police shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for his appointment with Doctor Quincy.
The police Sherlocks suspected that the dear departed was killed somewhere else and his body was later dumped at the spot.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-27