KARACHI - Operation ‘threats’ are not enough to tackle target killers who claimed 16 more lives in various ethnic and sectarian incidents here on Wednesday.
The rangers on Wednesday entered the notorious town of the city, Shah Baigh Lane, Baghdadi, Lyari. The gangsters opened fire on them. As result of the gun fight, three gangsters and a Rangers jawan were killed.
Rangers’ sepoy identified as Sohail Akhtar sustained bullet injuries and died on the way to hospital. The suspected gangsters were identified as Mullah Saleem, Abdul Aziz and Amanullah Baloch. Rangers claimed that Abdul Aziz was also associated with the police.
Sources said that extra contingent of Rangers reached the area upon receiving a tip-off about the presence of Lyari’s notorious gangster, Jabbar alias Jengu, one of the notorious commanders of Baba Ladla gang dominated in Lyari.
Rangers spokesman said as the Rangers reached there, they came under attack with heavy weaponry.
Following the killings of suspected gangsters, their relatives and area people staged a protest against the Rangers’ raids and the killings in the area. Intense firing was also reported in the area which also caused suspension of routine and commercial activities in the area.
Sources privy to the matter revealed that prominent gangsters nominated in major criminal cases had also been pointed out in the current list prepared by the agencies. The list includes the names of 450 criminals who went into hiding.
Sources pointed out that the leader of defunct Amman Committee Uzair Baloch, Zafar Baloch, Shahid aka MCB, Noor Muhammad aka Baba Ladla, Jabbar aka Jengu, Sehraz aka Comrade, Shahid aka Mixpatti and others went into hiding while their operatives are remain active in the areas.
Their operatives have also killed three more people as police found a gunny bag beheaded mutilated body from Sarya Lane, Nipper. Another tortured body was found from Jahanabad, Pak Colony area while one Muhammad Ali was shot dead in Nayyabad area, Kalri. Police said both the victims were later identified as Malik Waqas, a former policeman. The body found from Haji Camp, Nipper was identified as Muhammad Asif. Both the victims were friends and associated with MQM. Ali was killed due to his association with the rival gang.
On the other side another worker of MQM, Shaikh Babar aka Shakeel Chohta, 35, was shot dead when he was sitting outside his home situated near Dabba Morr in Orangi Town. Police officials said the victim was associated with the MQM’s unit 119 when four armed culprits riding two motorcycles shot him dead. A police constable Haji Javed, 55, was shot dead in Orangi Town. Police officials said the victim was on his way to police station when armed motorcyclists shot him dead.
On the other side, two criminal gangs of Chanaser Goth, Mehmoodabad scuffled with each other. During an exchange of fire, a man, identified as Ayaz Noor, was killed. Police said the victim was associated with drug mafia and rival group killed him. Following the killing, a number people staged protest at Kala Pul against the killing and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
On the other side, a Captain of Pakistan Navy was shot dead at Shahrah-e-Faisal while his wife was wounded when gunmen intercepted their car near National Stadium Bridge and sprayed bullets. As result, Captain Nadeem Ahmed succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital while his wife Tasmih Nadeem was admitted to hospital. Police said both of them were on their way to Naval Engineering College to teach students when the incident took place. It is suspected that the incident was occurred over sectarian grounds. Police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder.
A spiritual faith-healer was shot dead in Haider Colony. He was identified as Rehan Yousuf, 40. Police said two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead when he was returning to home in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Police suspected he might be killed on sectarian grounds.
A father and his son were gunned down at Sector 16/A, Orangi Town by unknown motorcyclists. Police said Khurshid Malik and his son Jalal Malik were riding a motorbike when gunmen on a motorbike targeted them and fled. Police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the killing.
A grocery shop owner Imran Suleman, 24, was shot dead outside his home in Shah Faisal Colony. Police officials said some unidentified culprits came and called him outside the home. Later they shot him dead and escaped. However, the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.
A cop, posted in Governor House, was shot dead in Sector 10, Orangi Town.
Police said Sub-inspector Arif Akram was on his way to home from the Governor House when gunmen riding a motorbike targeted him near his residence with silencer pistol. Gunmen managed to flee while the victim was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. The body was later handed over to the family after autopsy.
Meanwhile, unknown assailants threw a hand cracker at Pirabad police station. Police said some culprits riding a motorbike threw a hand cracker and fled. The cracker was exploded near the main gate of the police station but did not harm anybody. Experts of the bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot and said it was ball bomb carrying 200 grams of explosive.