KARACHI - Two candidates of the upcoming Local Bodies’ elections were shot dead in a targeted attack at Dalmia area, Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Sunday evening.
A taxi driver was also killed while a female candidate escaped the attack.
The victims were affiliated with the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen. They were identified as Safdar Abbas and Alim Hazara and the taxi driver as Syed Ali Shah. “They were the candidates of MWM from Union Council No 32 of Mughal Hazara Goth in Gulistan-e-Jauhar,” said Ali Ahmer, MWM spokesperson. “Armed motorcyclists targeted them when they were returning after submitting their nomination papers for the upcoming LB elections.”
The bodies were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy where score of workers and supporters of the MWM reached and shouted slogans against the incident. The incident caused panic in various Shia dominated areas of the City, including Ancholi Society, Mughal Hazara Goth, Jafar Tayyar Society in Malir and Rizvia Society where routine and commercial activities were partially suspended after unidentified armed men resorted to aerial firing. Extra contingent of law enforcers, including rangers and police were deployed in the affected areas to avoid any further untoward incident.
DSP Nasir Lodhi said at least four armed men on two motorcycles were behind the incident.
A female candidate Sakina, who was also with the victims in the taxi, remained unhurt in the attack. Nothing could say about the actual motive as the investigation was in preliminary stage.
Meanwhile, Pak Colony Police have found a bullet-riddled body of a man from the riverbed of Dhobi Ghat. Police said unidentified culprits after kidnapping shot him dead and threw the body at an abandoned place. Police shifted the body to morgue for identification after medicolegal formalities at Civil Hospital.
2 OUT OF EIGHT GANGSTERS HELD
Police claimed to have arrested two out of eight gangsters involved in the killing of a couple and their two sons in Mauripur area.
A couple and their two sons were shot dead outside their house in Mauripur area on Sunday by the Lyari gangsters. Their arrests were disclosed during a press conference held on Monday evening. District West Police chief DIG Javed Odho informed the media that the arrested culprits also assaulted the victim woman and her injured daughter before shooting. “The arrested persons were nominated in the FIR. They were affiliated with the Lyari gang war,” DIG Odho explained.
“The victims had also been expelled from the area in past by these gangsters. Now, they killed and raped them to take revenge of their returning back.” Odho further said the head of the family Muzaffar was associated with the MQM and there might be the political motive behind the killings.
He said two culprits had so far been arrested along with the weapons. The raids for the remaining six were continued. “The gangsters did not want any outsider in the area,” he explained. “They (gangsters) only want their writ in the area.” MQM coordination committee condemned the incident and demanded immediate action against the Lyari gangsters roaming in their areas.