KARACHI - Six people were killed in separate acts of violence in different parts of the provincial metropolis on Sunday.
As per details, Ashiq Hussain, 35, was shot dead in Muhammad Khan Colony in the limits of Ittehad Town Police Station. Police said deceased was on his way when unidentified armed men targeted him over personal dispute. The body was moved to Civil Hospital Karachi for autopsy and later handed over to his heirs.
A property dealer, Muhammad Saeed, 40, was gunned down in a targeted attack in Gulshan-e-Ghazi locality. Police said four motorcyclists targeted the deceased outside his residence. The locals of the area intercepted an attacker and handed him over to police while the three other accomplices managed to escape in the cover of firing. Police said the accused killed the deceased, Saeed, over property dispute. Further investigation was underway.
Separately, Memon Goth police found a tortured mark dead body of a man from the riverbed of Thaddo Goth. Police shifted the body to morgue for identification after completing medico-legal formalities at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). Police said unidentified assailants after the deceased's kidnapping killed him through brutal torture and later threw his body alongside the riverbed.
Similarly, Manghopir police recovered the body of a young man from the bushes near Northern Bypass. Police shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for postmortem and later moved to morgue for identification.
A youth, Muhammad Faizan Butt, was shot dead during an armed clash between two rival gangs of Lyari at Shah Waliullah Road of Lyari within the premises of Kalri Police Station. Police said deceased was on his way when he sustained bullet wounds during the clash and died on the spot.
A man was shot dead in Krongi No.1 in the jurisdiction of Zaman Town Police Station. Police said the deceased identified as Naseer Ahmed, a resident of same area, was returning to his home from mosque after offering prayer when two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead and managed to escape from the scene. However, motive behind the attack was yet to be ascertained.
Barely after a day when six policemen lost their lives in an armed attack on two police vans in Landhi neighbourhood, another police van came under attack in Baldia Town locality on Sunday night.
The latest attack on the van of Ittehad Town Police Station took place when a police mobile was on routine patrolling in Abidabad area of Baldia Town. During the snap checking, at least four armed men riding on two motorcycles attacked the police van.
According to SP Baldia Division, Malik Muhammad Ehsaan, fortunately none of his jawans was killed or injured in the attack. The police party quickly responded and managed to arrest the attackers. SP Ehsan said two Afghan origin attackers, Saddam Hussain and Abdul Ghani, were arrested with weapons while two of their accomplices managed to escape under the cover of firing. Further investigation was underway.
Meanwhile, Funeral prayers of the six policemen martyred on duty in Landhi were offered at Garden Police Headquarters while Sindh government following the fresh wave of terrorism and target killings imposed a month-long ban on pillion riding in the provincial metropolis on Sunday.
As per details, funeral prayers of the six policemen including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), a head constable and four constables were offered at Garden Police Headquarters. The funeral prayers were attended by victims’ families, relatives, friends, besides Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Additional Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, IGP Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch and other senior police officers. The bodies of the three policemen, Asif Ali, Khalil Ahmed and Fida Hussain were sent to their hometowns for burial while the remaining three were laid to rest in the Maula Madad Graveyard in Quaidabad’s Sherpao Colony.
On the occasion, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said the terrorists were coward as they were afraid of facing the cops from front. Those that inflicted colossal loss to cops would never be forgiven for their crimes and they must be taken to task at all costs, warned the minister.
The minister said after the recent attack on a police van in Landhi due to which six cops embraced martyrdom, the Sindh provincial government and the security forces would accelerate their acts of chasing the perpetrators so that they should find no place to hide. He said the perpetrators of that heinous crime will have to face the music.
He paid glowing tribute to martyred cops and saluted the security forces for their bravery and gallantry. He also assured the aggrieved families of martyred cops that the Sindh government would not allow their sacrifices to go in vain and that the killers would be brought to justice at all costs.
Meanwhile, keeping in view the worst law and order situation of the city, Sindh gvernment has imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi for one month which will come into force from Sunday night. However, women, senior citizens, journalists, disabled persons, children and law enforcement agencies will be exempted from the ban.
Advisor of Chief Minister for Home Department Sharfuddin Memon has confirmed that the decision to impose ban on pillion riding has been taken following the current law and order situation,
"But we can lift it before the deadline if the situation improves,” he added.
An initial investigation report prepared in this regard states that at least half a dozen armed motorcyclists were behind the consecutive attacks. It further stated that besides using hand grenades, the assailants also fired around two dozen bullets from the 9mm pistols on both police vans.
On the other hand, keeping the failure of the intelligence in view in tracing and arresting the assailants, the police department has offered Rs 5 million reward for giving any accurate information about people involved in the recent attacks on police vans. The police department has also appealed to the public to help the force in apprehending the culprits and the informers’ identity would not be disclosed.
Separately, the law enforcement agencies have detained around 100 suspects during the door-to-door search operation in Landhi, Quaidabad, Qayyumabad, Sherpao Colony and their surrounding areas in connection with the latest attacks on police vans. The raids were conducted by police and Rangers. Members of the banned outfits were also claimed to have been arrested. The suspects were shifted to undisclosed locations for questioning but investigators were yet to get any major lead from the detainees. SP Landhi Faisal Noor said police had detained a number of suspects from different areas of Landhi division. The raids would continue till arrest of the men behind the attacks, he added.
Sources said the police investigators suspected the involvement of the members of banned outfit in the recent attacks but they were not ready to share the details with the media. The injured police inspector Shahzado has been discharged from the hospital. “We were on our way to nearby hospital for medical treatment when the assailants attacked on our police mobile,” he said. “They attacked immediately and they even did not give us time to retaliate.” Following the directives of high ups of law enforcers, police stations across the city have been advised to close their doors and keep a watchful eye on entrances to ward off any possible terrorist attack. They have been instructed to be vigilant and in addition to providing security to the public take should take care of their own security. With police stations, the personnel on snap checking and patrolling have been advised to be more vigilant following the threats of more attacks.
Meanwhile, the police have registered cases of the attacks on the police vans. The cases were registered against unidentified people.