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Karachi tense as eleven more killed in violence

04 December, 2013

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KARACHI: A leader of the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and three members of Tableeghi Jamaat were among 11 people killed in separate incidents of target killing in the city on Tuesday.

MWM Deputy Secretary General Maulana Deedar Ali Jalbani and his security guard Sarfaraz Ali were gunned down in a targeted attack near NED University within the jurisdiction of Mobina Town Police Station.

SHO Jamal Leghari said that Maulana Jalbani and Sarfaraz Ali were on their way to MWM office in Ancholi Society when six armed men riding three motorbikes intercepted their car and opened fire. Maulana Jalbani and his guard died in the attack.

Their bodies were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and then to Ancholi Society.

Maulana Jalbani had contested elections from PS-126 as a candidate of MWM. He was also prayer leader at the Jamia Masjid Hussaini in Ayub Goth.

The killing sparked tensions in parts of the city, particularly in Shai-dominated areas such as Ancholi Society, Rizvia Society, Ayub Goth, Jaffar Tayyar Society in Malir and Abbas Town. Angry mobs staged protests and shouted slogans against the incident.

The MWM has announced three days of mourning to protest its leader's killing.

"The assassination of the MWM Karachi's deputy secretary general is an irreparable loss for peaceful and law abiding Pakistanis," Shia leader Allama Raja Nasir Abbas said. He further said that his party would observe three days of countrywide mourning and a peaceful nationwide protest today (Wednesday).

The MWM leader also gave an ultimatum to the government, saying that culprits should be arrested within 24 hours "otherwise the MWM will devise a strict course of action".

Separately, a scout of Payam-e-Wilayat was shot dead near Singer Chowrangi within the vicinity of Sharafi Goth Police Station.

Police said the deceased, identified as Syed Zakir Hussain, worked at a garment factory. Police added the victim was waiting for a bus on road when unidentified armed men, riding a motorcycle, shot him dead and fled. Police said Hussain was presumably killed over sectarian rifts.

Also on Tuesday, three members of the Tableeghi Jamaat were shot dead and two others wounded in a targeted attacked in North Nazimabad.

Police said the victims were returning from Madni Masjid after delivering a sermon when three armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on them.

SP Muhammad Akhtar said Maulana Abdul Majeed, Omar Khitab and Salman died in the attack while Qari Hanif was among the injured.

A man was also found dead in an empty plot in Sector 7-A, Baldia Twon on Tuesday.

Police said the deceased, identified as Amjad Khan, worked at a factory. He was tortured to death after being kidnapped by unidentified persons, police said.

In another targeted attacked, armed men killed four suspected members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and injured another near Sarina Shopping Centre, within the precincts of Shahrah-e-Noorjahan Police Station.

Police said that unidentified armed motorcyclists sprayed bullets on a vehicle, killing Mushtaq Mahmond and his guards Jamshed Mehsud, Zar Khan Mehsud and Mujahid Mehsud. Shair Zaman Mehsud was injured in the attack.

According to reports, the deceased and injured were residents of Kunwari Colony and hailed from Waziristan.

DSP Iftakhar Lohdi said that Mushtaq Mahmond ran four to five water hydrants in the city and was "associated with TTP Karachi network".

Tuesday's killings followed another day of violence in Karachi as five people, a doctor and a political worker among them, were shot dead in separate incidents of target killing in different parts of the metropolis on Monday.


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