Amn Committee leader Zafar Baloch killed
19 September, 2013
KARACHI: Zafar Baloch, a prominent leader of the banned People's Amn Committee, was killed on Wednesday night along with an associate near Bizenjo Chowk in Lyari when armed men riding motorcycles sprayed bullets at them, police said.
Zafar Baloch was on his way in Afshani Gali when at least eight armed men, riding four motorbikes, opened fire injuring Zafar Baloch, Muhammad Ali Ghani, Hasnan Baloch and Usman Baloch.
The injured were rushed to hospital where doctor pronounced Zafar Baloch and Muhammad Ali Ghani dead.
SSP City Faisal Bashir Memon also confirmed the death of Zafar Baloch. "Two men on a motorbike fired at Zafar Baloch and he was hit in the chest. His aide Muhammad Ali died on the spot while Zafar Baloch died at the hospital," he said.
MPA from Lyari Sania Naz Baloch condemned the killing of PAC leader Zafar Baloch and urged youth and supporters in Lyari to remain peaceful despite provocative act of terrorism.
Following the incident, all shops, eateries and businesses in entire Lyari area were closed and the whole area echoed with gunfire as armed men took to streets and fired in the air with semi automatic and automatic weapons.
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers along with Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) were deployed in different areas of Lyari and they were asked to remain on state of high alert in case of any retaliation by the gangsters. Additional contingents of law enforcement, including Rangers and police, reached the troubled areas to maintain peace.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali strongly condemned the attack on Zafar Baloch in Lyari and expressed sorrow and grief on his demise.
Zafar Baloch had escaped a grenade attack a couple of years ago. He joined PAC in 2008 and rose to prominence when he came under an attack in Lyari.
Sources in police said that the slain PAC leader was nominated in several criminal cases, including murder, kidnappings for ransom and extortion. No case had been registered until the filing of this report while SSP Bashir Memon said that it was an act of targeted killing.