Violence claims seven more lives
Salis bin Perwaiz
Karachi: Seven people were killed in the city on Saturday – three of these murders linked to the apparently unstoppable extortionists of the metropolis.
Three men gunned down the security guard and injured an employee at a tile shop in Gulbahar.
The area’s SHO, Arif Usman said the assailants entered the shop, HM Master Tiles, in the afternoon and threatened its owner. The shop’s security guard, Khurram, tried to overpower the three men but they shot him and an employee Raheel. The two men were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where Khurram succumbed to his injuries while Raheel managed to survive.
The police officer said the owner was asked if he had received any extortion threat, but he was reluctant to speak on the issue. “There are also reports that the three men were trying to rob the shop.”
The deceased suffered multiple bullet wounds and the police recovered empty 9mm pistol bullet shells at the crime scene.
Later, the traders of the area staged a protest claiming that extortionists were responsible for the attack. They ended their demonstration after senior police officers assured them that they would be provided with adequate security.
Rickshaw driver targeted
A rickshaw driver was gunned down near Rehmania Masjid in Sector-15A of Shadman Town.
Taimuria SHO Jehangir Mehar said 27-year-old Gullu Baloch was waiting for passengers in the afternoon, when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him.
He was taken to the ASH, where he expired.
The victim suffered three bullet wounds on his upper torso. The police found empty bullet shells of 9mm pistol at the murder scene.
The deceased was a resident of Umer Goth, Liaquatabad.
Store owner killed
A man was murdered at his general store in Landhi-89.
The Landhi police said Manzoor Khan was at his store in the afternoon, when two men on a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets.
He was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where he died during treatment.
The deceased suffered multiple bullet wounds. The police found empty 9mm pistol casings at the spot.
Investigators said Khan was a political group’s supporter. He was a resident of the same area, where he was attacked.
Two killed at cattle pens
A man was gunned down at a cattle pen in Bhains Colony.
Sukhan SHO Sarfraz Kakazai said Siraaj Ahmed Dar was shot dead by two assailants on a motorcycle in the morning.
The body was moved to the JPMC. The police officer said the murder could have been motivated by personal enmity. “However, other angles will also be probed, including the possibility that extortionists are responsible for the killing.”
Separately,a man was murdered at another cattle pen in the area.
The Sukhan SHO said Bagh Ali, who worked at the Malik Sabir cattle pen, was targeted at night by two men on a motorcycle.
The assailants barged into the cattle pen and opened fire on Ali.
The body was moved to the JPMC. The police officer said the owner of the cattle pen had been receiving threats from a group of extortionists. “Apparently, the same group is behind the attack.”
Lyari gang member slain
A member of the Ali Mohammad Magsi group, a Lyari-based gang, was gunned down in Lashari Mohallah, Pak Colony.
The area’s SHO, Shakeel Sherwani said Jauhar Magsi, a resident of Magsi Mohallah, Lyari, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle.
The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where he breathed his last.
Magsi suffered multiple bullet wounds on his upper torso. The police found empty pistol bullet shells at the murder scene.
The police officer said the deceased’s family had alleged that members of the Arshad Pappu gang, a rival of the Ali Mohammad Magsi group, were responsible for the murder.
The bullet-riddled body of a man was found at Bheem Pura Road in the morning. The Risala police said the body was moved to the CHK. The victim was tortured before being killed.
The deceased could not be identified by the time this report was filed.
MQM man murdered
An MQM activist was gunned down in Gulbahar.
Police said 53-year-old Iqbal Ghauri, an activist of the party’s Nazimabad Sector, was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. His body was taken to the ASH. He was shot once in the head and twice in the chest. The victim was a resident of Peetal Gali, Gulbahar.
Tension gripped the Gulbahar and Nazimabad areas following the murder as some men fired gunshots in the air and forcibly shut down shops.