KARACHI - Four workers of Awami National Party among 10 people were gunned down in separate incidents here on Thursday.
Gunmen riding three motorbikes opened bullets on a car parked near graveyard at MPR Colony in Orangi Town Police precincts. Police said a local ANP leader Dr Israr Khan and his companions Iqbal Hussain, Razimullah and Jamshaid were sitting in a car when gunmen riding two motorbikes sprayed bullets on them and escaped. An unidentified child passing through the area had also come under attack who succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. When contacted, Orangi Town SP Irfan Baloch said the victims were waiting for someone when gunmen targeted them. He pointed out that apparently the incident was carried out by the militant outfits. The bodies were handed over to the families after autopsy at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where scores of ANP workers reached and chanted slogans against the law enforcers and militants. The ANP has condemned the incident. Senator Shahi Syed said the law enforcers had failed to maintain law and order in the City. He demanded the government to hand over the City to the Pakistan Army. He said the workers and leaders became the regular victims of terrorists. The institutions are silent over the killing ANP workers and leaders which is an absolute criminal negligence, he added. In another incident, a man was shot dead in the jurisdictions of Ittehad Town police station. Police said Liaquat Awan, 45, was going home after offering prayer when gunmen riding a motorbike targeted him and managed to flee from the scene. The victim was a rickshaw driver. Police suspected personal enmity the reason behind the incident. In Pak Colony Police precincts, gunmen shot dead a labourer over unknown reasons. Police said gunmen targeted him when he was working at an under construction building. The culprits escaped from the scene. The victim sustained bullet wounds and was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced his death. Separately, armed assailants targeted a shopkeeper here in the jurisdictions of Jauharabad police station. Police said Muhammad Nabeel was sitting at his generator shop at Block 15, FB Area when gunmen came on a motorbike and shot him dead. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident.Bin Qasim Police found two tortured bodies from the bushes at Aftab Khoso Goth, National Highway. It shifted the bodies to morgue for identification after autopsy at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. ATTACKER AMONG TWO KILLED IN CRACKER BLASTTwo persons including an attacker were killed in three separate cracker attacks here on Thursday.The rival Lyari gangsters continued fighting each other. Gangsters used automatic weapons, awan rockets and crackers. As result, four people were wounded who were rushed to Civil Hospital. One passerby, who sustained wounds in a cracker attack at Mirza Adam Khan Road, succumbed to his injuries. On the other side, a miscreant was killed and his accomplice was wounded when a cracker was exploded in their hands in Usmanabad area of Garden. SP Faisal Bashir said the miscreants were trying to target someone when the cracker exploded in their hands. One attacker was killed on the spot while his accomplice managed to escape with wounds. Police managed to arrest him near National Stadium. In another cracker attack at New MA Jinnah Road, two students of a seminary were wounded. Police said it would be difficult to ascertain that either the bomb was propelled by someone or seminary students were carrying the cracker because at the time of the blast, they were shifting the stuff in a truck outside the seminary. Meanwhile, the intelligence agencies in coordination with the Crime Investigation Department raided Maripur area and recovered an explosive-laden vehicle. CID sources said two militants were also arrested who were taken to an undisclosed location for investigation. They pointed out the vehicle was carrying highly explosive material of over 100 kilogrammes.Published in The Nation newspaper on 21-Feb-2014