Six gunned down; five bodies found
By: Salis bin Perwaiz
Karachi: At least six people, including the activists of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Sunni Tehrikh (ST) and a policeman, were gunned down in different incidents, while five bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from various parts of the city on Wednesday.
Police Constable (PC) Murshid Alam, 32, was shot dead near Sakhi Hasan Chowrangi, North Nazimabad in Sharah-e-Noor Jehan police limits in the evening. Alam was posted at Police Headquarters Khwaja Ajmair Nagri and residing in Shahbaz Mohallah, Orangi Town.
According to SHO Raja Tariq, Alam was returning to his house after completing his duty and when he reached near the staid place two armed men riding a motorcycle came near him and opened fire on him.
He was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he breathed his last. Alam received two bullet wounds on his head which became the cause of his death. Police seized empty shells of 9mm pistol from the spot for forensic test.
PC Alam was also chairman of local Zakat committee of PPP from Orangi Town, as the police described the incident as target killing.
MQM activist killed
Pervez Bhodi was killed while four others were injured in Napier police station area in the night.
SHO Aslam Gujjar said that deceased Pervez Bhodi was sitting with his friends at a tea hotel in Lea Market, when four armed men, riding two motorcycles, appeared there and opened indiscriminate fire on them. The injured were moved to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) where Pervez Bhodi expired while others were admitted for treatment. Pervez received multiple bullets of 9mm pistol on his upper torso.
Pervez Bhodi was an activist of MQM and a resident of Bheem Pura.
Later, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the shopkeepers to pull down shutters. The activists and leaders of MQM also lodged protest against the killing of their party man.
Ashiq Ahmed was gunned down in Kalakot police remit.
He was working at a mechanical shop situated on Faqeer Mohammed Road near Dajgaal Chowk, Lyari, when four armed men wearing helmets broke into the shop and opened indiscriminate fire, injuring Ashiq. He was moved to CHK where he was pronounced dead. He received multiple bullet wounds on his chest.
According to SHO Jawed Baloch, deceased Ashiq was an eyewitness in the murder of Jameel who was targeted at his bakery in Kalakot area few months ago. Ashiq, a resident of the same area, was the prime witness of the case and he had also identified the accused. Ashiq was apparently killed by the same gang
In Al-Falah area, unidentified men shot dead Akber Ali in the morning.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mohammed Shakeel Awan of Al-Falah Division said that deceased Ali was the owner of a thread shop situated in Azeem Pura Market and residing in the same area.
He was opening his shop in the morning when three men, riding a motorcycle, came there and opened fire on him. He was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) by his son Nomi where he expired during treatment.
Akber Ali received four bullet wounds – two on his chest and two on his hands. Police seized empty casings of 9mm pistol from the spot
Police were yet to ascertain the motive behind Akber Ali’s murder, as his son Nomi was not in a state to record his statement.
Student activist slain
In Sachal police area, armed men targeted Pakhtoon Students Federation leader Shah Kalam Mehsud but he survived the attack. He is a PSF office bearer in Urdu University and residing in Iqra City Apartment on Abul Hasan Isphani Road.
SHO Azhar Iqbal said that Mehsud was present outside his residence in the afternoon when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, came there and shot at him. He was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital where his condition was said to be stable. The criminals had used 9mm pistol in the offence. Later, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the traders to suspend business activities. During the violence spree miscreants opened fire due to which a passerby Mohammed Rafiq sustained injuries.
He was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he breathed his last. Rafiq received a single bullet wound on his stomach which became the cause of his death. The deceased was a resident of Allah Bux Village, Sachal, and he hailed from Punjab. Situation in the area was tense till the filing of this report.
PPP worker shot
A PPP worker Saleem Lasi was gunned down in Taimuria police limits. According to SHO Ijaz Lodhi, deceased Saleem Lasi was a resident of Umer Goth, North Nazimabad, and an active member of PPP. He was sitting at a hotel in Block-M, North Nazimabad, in the evening when four bike riders wearing helmets stopped there and sprayed him with bullets.
Saleem Lasi was taken to ASH where he breathed his last. He received four bullet wounds on his upper torso, as police seized empty casings of 30-bore pistol from the spot. Police termed his murder a part of target killing. The activists and leaders of PPP reached the hospital where they lodged protest against he killing of their party man and demanded immediate arrest of the killers.
The bullet-riddled body of Waleed Ahmed Baloch (35-40) was found from Mauripur police station area. SHO Iftekhar said that deceased Waleed hailed from Turbat, Balochistan, and he had come to Karachi on Tuesday afternoon and staying at his relatives’ house in Manghopir area.
He had left the house for purchasing some items on Tuesday evening but did not return and his cellphone was also found switched off. Waleed was kidnapped by some unknown criminals who took him to Hawkesbay Road where they shot him dead by firing a single bullet on his head.
His body was shifted to CHK for postmortem. Police said that the murder seems to be a part of target killing but they were also investigating the matter with other aspects as well. The bullet-riddled body of Samad (32) was recovered from Miraan Naka in SITE-B area.
SHO Nawaz Gondal of SITE-B police station said that the body was shifted to ASH for postmortem and a message was aired on police control, following which his family approached the police station and identified Samad. He was a resident of Kharadar and was kidnapped on Tuesday evening. Samad was brutally tortured to death by criminals who later threw his body in the area. The deceased was a worker of Sunni Tehreek.
The bullet-riddled bodies of Ali Mustafa and Mohammed Wasif were recovered from Shershah police station area. They were moved to CHK for postmortem.
Ali Mustafa was a resident of Kharadar, while Wasif was residing in Pak Colony. Both were kidnapped by unidentified criminals from unknown places who later tortured them to death and threw their bodies in the area. SHO Mohammed Nawaz said that the double murder seemed to be a part of target killing.
Besides, the tortured body of Mohammed Ahmed was found from Mirza Adam Khan Road in Garden police limits. The corpse was moved to Civil Hospital Karachi for postmortem. The deceased was a resident of Jodia Bazaar and he was kidnapped from the same area on Tuesday afternoon by unidentified criminals who brutally tortured him to death.
According to SHO Fateh Sheikh, the deceased was a labourer and he had no political affiliation; however, it would be too early to ascertain the motive behind the murder.