From Federal B area to Kharadar: Killers on motorcycles hit over 12 men in a day

Published: March 21, 2011

Protests broke out across the city including at Burns Road following the grenade attack. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: There was a steady uptick in the body count on Sunday when at least one dozen men were killed in drive-by shootings.

“Well, they’re all at it, killing each other,” remarked Gulshan-e-Iqbal SHO Kanson Dean, adding that it was tit-for-tat violence. “We’re doing what we can.”

The victims included three Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, one of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi and a police head constable. In several cases, men gathered on the streets after the gunfire and protested. At least three vehicles were set on fire and other roads were dotted by heaps of burning car tyres. Panicked residents trying to get around got stuck in traffic jams. Two MQM offices — on Burns Road and in Soldier Bazaar — were targeted with hand grenades. However, there was no loss of life as one office was closed and experts defused the second one. SHO Irfan Kobra said two men on a motorcycle lobbed one grenade at the Soldier Bazaar unit office No. 50 early Sunday.

Amid all of this, Sindh Inspector-General of Police Fayyaz Leghari’s cell phone was switched off while newly appointed chief of police Saud Mirza kept disconnecting his phone calls. No official spokesperson came forward to comment on the violence.

“Every day blood is being spilt,” said Saddar SP Irshad Ali Raza Sehar. “It’s not like these people are from another country [that they can’t get along]. We’re all the same.”

An MQM activist was shot dead and another was injured when armed men on a motorcycle attacked the party’s unit No. 167 office in indiscriminate firing in Khamosh Colony.

As a result, 46-year-old Ghulam Hussain, and Shafi, 40, were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Hussain died. The Gulbahar police said that he lived in the same area and had two children.

Gulbahar, Nazimabad, Paposh Nagar, Khamosh Colony grew tense after the killing. People set a bus on fire near Rizvia Chowrangi despite the presence of the police.

MQM worker Kamran Khatri was gunned down in Moosa Lane, Lyari. Baghdadi police said that the Daryabad resident was kidnapped, tortured and killed. He was an electrician and used to work in Saddar. His body was sent to Civil Hospital, Karachi and his brother Imran registered FIR No. 84/11.

MQM worker Shehzad Hussain, 29, was shot 14 times near the Meteorology department in Mobina Town police precincts. He was sitting outside an auto workshop near Shakeel Garden, where two armed men on a motorcycle attacked him, said SHO Abdul Sattar. The Gulshan-e-Iqbal resident was associated with the MQM’s unit No 33 for Gulshan-e-Maymar.

In Chakiwara limits, 32-year-old MQM-H worker Khushnod Butt was shot at least thrice on Maula Madad Road. He was a resident of Orangi Town and the MQM-H claimed that he was a senior member of that sector.

A police head constable was gunned down near Gulzar-e-Hijri. Mobina Town police said 41-year-old Arshad Ali alias Kundi was sitting outside his home when armed men sprayed him with bullets. He worked with the Gulshan investigation wing and had three children. His brother is posted to the Taimoria police station. There were some unconfirmed reports that the victim was part of a team looking into the killing of private news channel reporter Wali Khan Babar. The killing of party workers aside, Sunday was also violent for the deaths of other men. The body of an abducted young man was found from Maripur road in Kalri police precincts. He was identified as 25-year-old Mohammad Rafiq, a resident of Garden West. He used to work at a private garment factory. Then, 47-year-old Ali Nawaz was killed in a drive-by shooting at Bara Board. Pak Colony police said that no political party has claimed the victim, who was a resident of same area.

Khayal Mohammad Mehsud was shot at least five times in Rasheedabad. Manghopir police said that he was a resident of Pakhtunabad.

Men shot and injured six people near Disco Bakery in Block 4 Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The victims were identified as Aziz and Hamid. Wilayat Shah, Jamal Shah and Saifullah were admitted with critical injuries. Police said they hailed from Quetta. Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party claimed that the men were affiliated with it.

In Kamil Street, two young men were shot dead when at least four men on two motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire at a pan shop. Shop owners 25-year-old Vicky Kumar and Asghar, 28, were injured and succumbed at Civil hospital. Kharadar police said that Kumar was a resident of the same area and Asghar was from Moosa Lane, Lyari.

An unidentified man was killed and another, Danish, was injured allegedly when the law enforcers tried to control a protest at Teen Hatti. People claimed that the Rangers jawans opened fire at the protesters. Police sources said that the jawans had fired in the air to scare away men who were forcing shopkeepers to shut down. “The incident occurred in the crossfire,” said police sources. Rangers officials refuted the allegations.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2011.

Reader Comments (17)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:08AM

    The killers should be arrested by all means irrespective of their political affiliation.

    Karachiites have become hostage of these unidentified killers. Where the peaceful people of Karachi should go? All of us cannot commit collective suicide by jumping into sea and leave the killers alone to roam free?

    The killers should be dealt with an iron hand; otherwise there would be no peace in the Karachi. The city of Quaid is burning like any thing and the law enforcement agencies have not made any headway into target killing going on unabated.

    We are not born to count every day death toll. Where is the peace? Is there any shop from where Karachiites should go and buy peace. Recommend

  • 10th
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:10AM

    I fail to understand why, despite all the violence that we’ve seen over the last few months, people insist on joining these political parties.

    Is it just me, or do these political activists have it coming after all the things they’re involved in?Recommend

  • Saeed Mahmood Aslam
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:37AM

    may Allah bless us all.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Peoples Aman Comittee has shut down their offices so i guess they are now working on their mobile units.Recommend

  • SHAZ ALAM
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:33AM

    GRIEVED TO SEE A CHAIN OF VIOLENCE. It is fact that our law and order agencies and peacemaking political and estabilishment authorities both failure to save Karachittees. several mafia groups, political elements, local and foreign agents etc are responsible to expoil the peace efforts. DCO, DIG, DPO, IG, MPA AND MNA BELONGING TO ANY VOILENCE AFFECTED AREA OF KARACHI SHOULD BE TRAIL FOR ANY CRIME. Recommend

  • True pakistani
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:59AM

    We start terrorism all over world, we gave them training, spreading violence all over world. so now same group starting violence at our home.

    We are responsible for all this, we create this system to violence , so now cannot escape from this.

    We are celebrating death for Salman Taseer, Mr. Bhatti, we kill lot of Minorites and we are enjoying all this on the name of ISLAM.

    We create all this Violence culture in our society. We enjoy others death. Now result of this
    daily Drone strike, Suicide bomb, Karachi target killling, Millitary operation in tribal area. we have to bear all this.Recommend

  • AM
    Mar 21, 2011 - 4:11AM

    And we still protest the two Raymond Davis killed? Sick!Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:35AM

    You see the irony of this all ? A bunch of elitist Muslims from Bihar and United Provinces who CLAIM descent from invading Mughals made for themselves a country out of lands they do not belong to – all in the name of Islam. The same guys have driven the sons-of-soil Sindhis out of Karachi.Recommend

  • PAK4SELL
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:57AM

    i think target of over 100 poeple in this month is completed?Recommend

  • Bunny
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Gentelmen…if the killers are given the task to save the people to then same will happen…if you see these killer would be among us and we do not knoww…..Recommend

  • Jami
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Hand Granades once used in lyari only are now freely lobbed in other areas of Karachi targetting MQM offices shows that Peoples Amn Committee owned by Zulfiqar Mirza is now spreading to all over Karachi and targetting people freely. One should ask Zulfiqar Mirza what Police and Rangers is doing when terrorists openly lobbing granades and killing people and who ordered them to act like bystanders. Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Many option on the table,
    one of the many a military action,
    that is best,according to my considered opinion.

    Local administration has failed,
    police has admitted its failure,
    rangers has remained failed to face the situation.

    be called the armed forces,who will see the real involvement creating unrest
    and target killing.
    See it as a deep-rooted conspiracy .Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:03PM

    If the current PPP governement encourages violence then is it any surprise that other groups resort to violence? If my memory serves me correctly, the PPP and their useless Sindhi politicians like Zulfiqar Mirza started calling strikes after Zardari’s best friend was denied the NAB chiefs role. Their goons shot at anyone opening their business and it all kicked offf from there. Let’s blame those that are responsible. in this case the PPP and all politicians are to blame. Thank you democracy! The sooner we exile politicians the better for everyone!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:09PM

    One person who could have given some answer flew away to his cuckoo’s nest! But there are
    others like the President and his loyal Prime Minister with the President’s men in his cabinet. If
    only Altaf Hussain stopped his hue and cry from London and stood amidst the masses here on
    the soil of Pakistan? Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Hand over the city to the dutiful people
    if you want to root out the ongoing target killing
    from the every corner of the city otherwise it has been done
    they will maintain unrest and play with life of innocent people
    and the present situation will have become permanent subject
    of your life.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 6:06PM

    PAC is now using ANP as well, to counter MQM. Things can get uglier.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Thank god than an American didn’t see one of these motorcycle thugs following him – might have done the job of your missing police force.Recommend

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