KARACHI – Unabated target killings and violence claimed three more lives in the country’s financial hub on Sunday besides injuring several others while authorities imposed a ban on pillion-riding for one month.
The incidents of target killings took place in Orangi Town, PIB Colony, Nazimabad and Lyari where at least three people were shot dead and at least five others were wounded.
These attacks were carried out mostly by pillion-riders despite a ban imposed by Sindh Home Department on early Sunday.
City police chief Akhtar Hussain Gorchani directed cops to remain on high alert and foil any attempt by the outlaws to sabotage peace in the city. Gorchani also warned police officials of consequences showing negligence in discharging their duties. Two Pakistan People’s Party workers including Siddique Akbar, the general secretary in District West, sustained injuries in separate acts of firing at Orangi Town in Pirabad Police Station limits.
In a similar incident of target killing, Ibrahim, 42, was gunned down at Frontier Moore by unidentified pillion-riders.
Shortly after the incident, incidents of firing also took place in Pirabad police limits, where motorcyclists targeted PPP’s general secretary Siddique Akbar in District West and his friend Haroon near Kati Pahari area in Orangi Town. Both sustained multiple bullet injuries and were taken to the private hospital.
In PIB Colony, 26-year-old Shakeel was shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle near Old Sabzi Mandi. Police officials said deceased was working as a Munshi at a rickshaw stand in Old Sabzi Mandi area.
Police have registered a case against unidentified attackers on the complaint of victim’s father and started a probe.
In another incident, a youth was gunned down near an inquiry office in the limits of Nazimabad Police Station. Police officials said body of the victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and police were trying to ascertain his identification.
In Lyari, three people, namely Naqeebur Rehman, Sher Khan and Islamuddin were wounded when assailants sprayed bullets on them at Bihar Colony in Chakiwara police precincts. The victims were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Karachi.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies and paramilitary forces have arrested over four dozen suspects during search operations in different parts of the city including Pak Colony, Essa Nagri, Dalmia, Shanti Nagar, Mastan Para, Karim Bukhsh Para and Sohrab Goth. The law enforcers also claimed to have recovered a huge cache of weapons including Kalashnikovs, repeaters, pistols, ammunition, a bullet-proof jacket and drugs. The search operations were conducted by local police, crime investigation department, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary.
An ambulance was also set alight by outlaws near Ahsanabad police post.
DSP Iftikhar Lodhi said operation was conducted in different areas on tip off about presence of Shair Zaman Mehsud, Azam Mehsud and others who were nominated in Rao Anwar suicide attack case in Malir. SHO Sohrab Goth Abdul Ghaffar Jumani said Sohrab Goth police had registered an FIR No 255/12 on the complaint of SI Malik Javed against Azam Mehsud, Shair Zaman Mehsud, Zubair Mehsud and others under Section 302, 324/34, 427, 109 and 7-ATA and started investigation.