Three Shia lawyers shot dead in Karachi
26 January, 2012
KARACHI: A fresh wave of sectarian violence in the city has claimed the lives of four people, including three lawyers.
In the first incident, unidentified men gunned down three members of the Shia Lawyers' Forum on Maulana Din Muhammad Wafai Road.
Police say the victims, identified as Badar Munir Jaffrey, his son Gauhar Shakeel Jaffrey, nephew Kafil Ahmad Jaffrey and their relative Babar Ali Jaffrey, were shot at when they were returning from the city court in a car.
Everyone except Babar died on the sport, while the sole survivor managed to drive the bodies to Civil Hospital Karachi. Babar, who received three bullets in his upper body, is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital in critical condition.
After the incident, a number of people belonging to the Shia sect gathered outside the hospital and quarrelled with the hospital management.
Police say the angry mob ransacked the hospital and took the bodies away to Husssaini Imambargah located in Saudabad, Malir, without completing medico-legal formalities.
Police say Badar and Gauhar were residents of Aminabad, located in Model Colony, Malir, while Kafil, who hailed from Rahimyar Khan, was also staying at Badar's residence. Kafil was to be married next month, while Gauhar was also a bachelor.
Meanwhile, SSP Naeem Sheikh told the media that Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan had taken notice of the incident and directed the Sindh inspector general (IG) and the capital city police officer (CCPO) to submit reports within 48 hours.
He said the home minister had also directed the authority to suspend the area station house officer (SHO) for not responding to the incident properly.
Similarly, a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat was shot dead near Hashmi Masjid in Sector 11½ of Orangi Town.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tariq Malik said the deceased, identified as Mehtab, was attacked when he was on his way home from a mosque.
He said the victim, who was the organiser of processions in Karachi, received six bullets and died on the spot.
The body was handed over to his heirs. However, no case was registered until the filing of this report.
Supreme Court Bar Association Chairman Yasin Azad has announced a daylong boycott of all court proceedings across the country, while the Shia Ulema Council has given a strike call for today (Thursday) in protest of the killings in Karachi.