13 killed in sporadic drive-by shootings
KARACHI: At least 13 people, including political activists, were killed on Wednesday. In North Nazimabad, two rival political activists were shot dead, leaving the police to figure out who started the tussle. Khan Bahadur, a worker of Awami National Party (ANP), was shot dead by motorcyclists while he was playing carom with his friends in North Nazimabad. Within hours, armed men barged into the house of thirty-year-old Waheed Yaqoob, killing him and injuring his sister.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said that Yaqoob was not a party activist but a supporter. His brother was a member of the party’s unit No. 175. “It was a result of a political rivalry,” claimed the SHO of Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan. Bahadur was targeted because of his political affiliation, the ANP alleged.
In Malir, two men said to be associated with the MQM were gunned down in Ghareebabad. They were identified as Ghulam Sarwar, 35, a member of the Muttahida Organising Committee, and Abdul Ghani, 32, an MQM activist.
The attack took place hours after a man named Salman Baloch was killed at Malir Halt, police said. Another activist of the MQM, Ameer Hussain, 30, was shot dead in PIB Colony. In Lyari, a suspended police constable Ghulam Juman was shot dead by motorcyclists as he stood outside his home in Agra Taj Colony.
In Lyari’s Chakiwara neighbourhood, Jameel Yar Muhammad, 25, was shot dead and his 18-year-old friend Atiq Abdul Lateef injured in an attack on Mirza Aham Khan Road. Wazir Khan, 48, was shot dead in Steel Town , said the Bin Qasim police.
Thirty-year-old Obaid Jan was killed on Dalmia Road.
The body of a transgender was found from a home in Gulistan Colony. A young man was shot dead near a mosque in Garden’s Ramswami area. Police have yet to identity the victim. Another young man died when he was hit by a stray bullet at a wedding party in Orangi Town’s Sector 13-C.