Nine more fall prey; hand over Karachi to army, says Altaf
28 August, 2013
KARACHI: At least nine more people were killed in fresh violence in Karachi as Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deploy army in the city for the protection of innocent people.
Tensions gripped the parts of city after more than a dozen people, including women and children, were wounded in a wave of violence in Lyari.
Gangsters attacked Kuttchi community areas on Suleman Azad Road on Monday night, fired around 25 rockets and also resorted to indiscriminate firing in parts of Lyari. The attack left more than a dozen people injured who were admitted to different hospitals.
Police said the violence broke out after two groups clashed with each other over a row involving jurisdiction of their areas. Normality returned to Lyari after law enforcers in the area were given shoot-at-sight orders.
Separately, a worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot dead in Shah Faisal Colony.
Police said the victim, identified as Qaiser Mukhtar, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding a motorbike.
Another man was gunned down and two others were wounded in Dastagir area within the limits of Jauharabad Police Station.
Police said victims Rameez, Mohsin and Shoaib were sitting inside a park in Dastagir when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on them, injuring all the three men.
They were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Rameez succumbed to his injuries.
Similarly, an owner of a bus stand was shot dead near Manzil Pump within the limits of Shah Latif Police Station.
Police said the deceased, Raja Ameer, was at his bus stand when unidentified armed gunmen shot him dead.
Elsewhere, the body of a man was found in Kalakot, Lyari. Police said that unidentified culprits had kidnapped the victim and later threw his bullet-riddled body in Kalakot.
Another man was found dead from Mirza Adam Khan Road, Lyari. Police said that this man too had been kidnapped before being tortured to death.
Meanwhile, the strangulated body of a woman was found from her home in Orangi Town.
Police said the woman, identified as Rubina, was married to a drug peddler who had been gunned down a few days ago by unidentified persons.
Similarly, Muhammad Abbas, Saleem, and Arsalan were also killed in the city on Tuesday.
On the other hand, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said that Karachi should be handed over to the army to contain the ongoing wave of violence in the port city.
The MQM chief asked military to act "indiscriminately" against all groups involved in terrorist activities. He said the city has become a "safe haven" for terrorists while law and order situation is going from bad to worse with the passage of time.
Talking about the problems of business community, Altaf said that the business community has been left at the mercy of "scoundrels" who have nothing to do with the security and survival of the country.
The MQM chief also condemned the incidents of firing in Lyari.
Also on Tuesday, an MQM delegation met with Awami National Party (ANP) leaders to take them into confidence with regard to deployment of army in Karachi. The delegation asked the ANP to also convince PPP in this regard.
The MQM delegation consisted of Dr Farooq Sattar and Iqbal Ahmad.