Eight fall prey to target killing, violence in Karachi
22 June, 2012
KARACHI: Eight persons, including a political party activist and a policeman, were killed in separate acts of target killing and violence here in the metropolis on Thursday.
An activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot dead in his apartment building in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal police station.
Thirty-five-year-old Asif alias Buddha, son of Abdul Hameed was resident of Noman View Apartments situated near Jauhar Morr. Unidentified armed men barged into the building's parking area and sprayed him with bullets. The culprits managed to flee from the scene whereas Asif was shifted to the nearest private hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. His body was later moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for autopsy.
A police official said Asif was an active worker of MQM's Unit 66-C. In the aftermath, tension engulfed Jauhar Morr's vicinity and all major shops and markets were closed. A police official said that the MQM worker apparently became a target-killing victim.
In other incident, a constable of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) was shot dead in Kunwari Colony within the remit of Manghopir police station. Forty-year-old Mohammad Khan, son of Rafi Khan was a resident of Awan Colony, Metroville. He was riding his motorcycle when two armed riders intercepted and sprayed him with bullets. Khan died on the spot while culprits managed to flee from the scene. Body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for medico-legal formalities. Victim was serving the CID, Civil Lines.
SSP CID Fayyaz Khan said Khan had been a part of CID for six years and played a vital role in militancy cases. He further said that the CID raided several parts of Manghopir, detaining eight suspects for interrogation in connection with Khan's murder. The victim hailed from Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkwah. His funeral prayer was offered and attended by CID high-ups at garden police headquarter. In yet another incident, 24-year-old Syed Ali Shah, son of Qutub Syed was shot dead near Kala Maidan within the precincts of Orangi police station.
SHO Naeem Ahmed said that victim was a resident of Sherpao Colony, Landhi and was on a visit to relative's place in Orangi Town when became a victim. Body was shifted to the ASH for post mortem and later handed over to the family. An officer said Shah was into spiritualism, adding that the reason for murder was yet to be ascertained. They have registered a case against unidentified men on the complaint of state.
Separately, Kamran Baloch, son of Fakhar was shot dead near Qatar Morr within the limits of Orangi Town police station. Baloch, a resident of Old Golimar Pak Colony was a watchman of Lea Market. Police have registered an FIR (136/12) against unidentified men on the complaint of victim's relative, Mohammad Khan and initiated a probe.
Meanwhile, police found a torture-marked body from a gunny bag spotted near Liaquatabad Bridge within the jurisdiction of Sharifabad police station. The victim, yet unidentified, was brutally tortured and also had a rope around his neck. Body was shifted to the ASH for post mortem and later moved to the Edhi Morgue for identification. A police official informed that he appeared to be of Baloch descent. They have registered a case against unidentified men on the complaint of state.
Similarly, police found a body from a roadside of Qasba Colony Sector 2½, situated within the jurisdiction of Pirabad police station. The victim, yet unknown, had received a bullet in the head. Body was later moved to the Edhi Morgue for identification purpose.
Separately, a man was shot dead near Al Rehman Restaurant, Korangi Zia Colony within the limits of Korangi police station. The victim, later identified as 35-year-old Mohammad Imran, son of Ghulam Qadir, was a resident of Nasir Colony, Korangi Sector 32-E. A police official said Imran used to run a plastic business and was apparently killed over some personal enmity.
A man was shot dead over resistance in a robbery bid at Taif Farm House Road within the limits of Bin Qasim police station. Twenty-eight-year-old Fida Hussain Chandio and his son were on their way home when two bandits arrived and tried snatching their cell phones and cash. As Chandio resisted, an armed man opened fire, killing him on the spot. Body was shifted to the JPMC for autopsy. A police official said Chandio was a resident of Sindhi Goth, Pipri and hailed from interior Sindh.