Karachi heats up again; eight killed
26 August, 2013
KARACHI: At least eight people, including spokesperson for Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), were killed in various incidents of violence in the city on Sunday.
Five bodies, including two of MQM workers, were also found from different city areas.
Maulana Akbar Saeed Farooqi, spokesperson for ASWJ, succumbed to his injuries after getting injured in an armed attack near Safari Park in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
SHO Muhammad Irfan said the ASWJ leader was on his way home on a motorcycle along with his aide Osama when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him. He received two bullets in his head and was rushed to Liaquat National Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Following the incident, scores of party workers reached the hospital and shouted slogans against law enforcers. They demanded that authorities arrest Farooqi's killers.
The protesters also set ablaze tires and blocked the road from New Town to National Stadium.
Tensions engulfed the city, particularly in the areas of Nagan Chowrangi, Lasbella, Surjani Town and Landhi. All commercial activities in many areas also remained suspended for the day. Separately, a rickshaw driver was shot dead in Korangi within the remits of Awami Colony Police Station.
Police said Nadir Hussain, 33, was driving his rickshaw when unidentified armed men opened fire on him. He died on the spot and his body was moved to JMPC for autopsy.
A man was also shot dead near Gulistan-e-Jauhar Chowrangi within the Sacchal police precincts.
According to SHO Ghulam Ahmed, the victim, who was yet to be identified, was shot by at least two armed men riding a motorcycle.
In another incident, a burger vendor was gunned down in Lines Area within the jurisdiction of Brigade Police Station.
According to police, Akram Baig, a resident of the same area, was sitting near his house when gunmen, riding a motorbike, shot him multiple times.
Also on Sunday, a man was gunned down and another wounded inside their house in Noor Khan Goth within the jurisdiction of Sohrab Goth Police Station.
Police said Arif Khan was killed while Habib Bashir was wounded in the attack. Initial investigation shows that the incident occurred over a personal enmity, while further investigation was underway.
Separately, a man was shot dead in Zia Colony area of Korangi.
As per police authorities, the deceased, Samad Alam Bengali, son of Shah Alam, was standing near his residence when two armed men riding a motorcycle targeted him. The motive behind his assassination was yet to be ascertained.
Elsewhere, Rana, son of Kauser, was shot dead by armed men in Baldia Town's Saeedabad area. Rana was standing near his place when unidentified armed motorcyclists shot and killed him.
An MQM worker was also shot dead near Shahi Darbar Hall in Baldia Town.
Police said the deceased, Muhammad Asif, was associated with MQM Unit 112-A, Baldia Town.
Meanwhile, two MQM workers were found dead from Ibrahim Hyderi area of Korangi. The victims were identified as 26-year-old Raheel Jabbar, and Tahir Munna, residents of Korangi area. The two had been kidnapped by unidentified culprits.
The bullet-riddled body of a man was also found within the remits of Pak Colony Police Station.
The body of another man was found within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station.
Similarly, police found a body with bullet wounds from Baldia Town.
In another incident of violence, two workers of Awami National Party survived a grenade attack in Shirin Jinnah Colony.
Police officials said that gunmen, riding a motorbike, hurled a hand grenade at the residence of ANP leader Sher Afzal Khan, injuring two party workers Javed and Ashfaq.