KARACHI - Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Swat faction was behind the killing of ANP workers. Police picked over 40 suspects from Orangi Town and adjacent localities to probe the killings of five workers of Awami National Party.
Three ANP activists were shot dead along with two others, including a 10-year-old boy, by unidentified men in Orangi Town’s MPR Colony on Thursday evening. Three ANP activists Dr Israr, Jamshed Khan and Razeemullah and the other two, Iqbal Khan and minor Sajjad, were guests from Swat. They were targeted when they were returning home after visiting the Manghopir Lake.
Following the killings, police conducted overnight raids for the arrest of the assailants behind the incident. It detained around 43 suspects during the targeted operation and shifted them to undisclosed locations for further questioning.
It is worth mentioning here that law enforcers were reluctant to carry out targeted operation in Orangi Town and adjacent localities during the last five months of Karachi operation though the areas providing shelters to all the militant outfits and criminals. Scores of political workers affiliated with ANP and MQM had been killed in the areas and terrorists involved in various high profile incidents were the residents of Orangi Town but the area was neglected during the operation.
Though the ANP claimed their three party activists had received extortion slips from the Swat chapter of the TTP, who are possibly behind the attack, however, the police investigators remained clueless about ascertaining the actual motive behind the incident.
ANP spokesman said the TTP was behind the killing of each ANP worker and leader as they demanded to leave the ANP or pay extortion money for protection. At least 80 ANP workers, leaders and supporters have been killed so far in Karachi alone in the last one year. Majority of them were killed in targeted attacks and bomb blasts.
“The investigations revealed that most of the attacks conducted on the ANP men were carried out by the TTP’s Swat chapter in Karachi. We have arrested few persons behind the attacks on the ANP, however, a good number of militants have yet to be arrested,” a senior investigation officer said.
The joint funeral prayers of five victims were offered at MPR Colony in Orangi Town on Friday. Later, Jamshed Khan was buried at MPR Colony graveyard while the bodies of remaining four were sent to their hometowns Swat and Peshawar.
A large number of ANP workers including ANP senior leader Bashir Jan attended the funeral. “The police should provide protection to us. We are with the law enforcers fighting against the militants.” Bashir Jan said frequent killing could demoralise the public and police too but the people of Karachi would support the law enforcers if they categorically target the militants involved behind the unrest in the City.
Meanwhile, the police have registered an FIR 42/14 under Sections 302/34 and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act against unidentified persons on the complaint of victim Jamshed Khan’s brother Nawab. Further investigation was underway.
Two unidentified men hurled two grenades at a bungalow in Jamshed Colony near Hyderabad Colony on Friday.
According to the police, one of the grenades exploded while another did not burst. The BDS experts were called to defuse the remaining bomb which failed to explode.
Police further said a media group was shooting drama scenes at the said bungalow when two unidentified persons, on a motorbike, hurled two grenades and fled. There was no loss of life in the attack.
Earlier, a loud explosion that took place outside a private school in Federal B area, Naseerabad created panic in the area. Following the explosion, extra contingent of Rangers and police reached and cordoned off the site.
Police denied reports that two armed men riding a motorcycle attacked the school van. SHO Chaudhry Shahid said the police have not found any evidence that could suggest the explosion was a terror activity. He further said it was a firework explosion.
WOMAN AMONG THREE
Two men and a woman were killed in separate incidents here on Friday.
A youth was killed and another wounded during an exchange of fire between the two groups of gangsters in Lyari.
Police said the youth was yet to be identified. He was killed during a clash between the members of Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch at Nawa Lane area, of Lyari. The injured was identified as Abdul Ghaffar.
The body was shifted to Edhi morgue, Sohrab Goth for identification after completion of medicolegal formalities at Civil Hospital Karachi.
Separately, a woman was killed in Gulshan-e-Maymar area. She was identified as Zeenat Bibi, 24. She was hit by a bullet in chest and died shortly after the incident. SHO Mir Samad said the victim tied knot with Wazir Ali seven months ago and was also pregnant.
He further said apparently Wazir Ali was busy cleaning his gun inside the home when the bullet fired mistakenly. The accused managed to flee after the incident. Further investigation was underway. Police were waiting for the complainants to register the case.
A man was killed at Lyari Expressway near Niazi Colony. Police said Tahir Majeed, 35, was shot dead by unidentified men when he was going somewhere. Police said the motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained.