Day 4: ANP worker, police constable among 9 killed in Karachi

Published: March 30, 2012

Police, rangers and FC surround Kati Pahari, Qasba Colony, 1C area and Bukhari Colony, arrest 12. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: With violence in the city showing no signs of abating, the latest episode claimed lives of at least nine people including a police constable and an Awami National Party (ANP) worker. It also prompted the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to declare a ‘day of mourning’ in the city for Saturday.

ANP worker Hidayatullah Mehsud, a member of the ANP Sindh Council was killed in the Manghopir area of Karachi on Friday. This was the second targeted killing of ANP workers in over 48 hours.

However, the sequence of violence seemed to intensify late on Friday after four people traveling in a car on Banaras bridge were shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Taking notice of this incident, the AIG Karachi Akhtar Gorchani issued directives to DIG West, Karachi, that all police officers on duty on, or near the Banaras bridge be arrested.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan has directed all Station House Officers to patrol their designated areas.

The dead were identified as Arif, Kamal, Wasim and his 12 year old son, Hasan. Another person was injured in the same incident.

In another incident a man was shot and killed in Frontier Colony in Site, while another man was killed by gunfire in Bukhari Colony in Orangi.

One person lost their life during firing incidents in Defence Phase two. Another was killed near U-P mor.

Meanwhile, one man was injured in firing in near Dhoraji.

There were also reports of intense firing from Shahrah-e-Noorjehan, Kati Pahari  and Qasba Colony. Further reports of firing were received from block 13-D of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

On Friday evening, unknown assailants attacked SSP Crime Branch Farooq Awan near Lasbela Chowk. As a result, his guard, head constable Imran Baloch received fatal bullet wounds.

His dead body was shifted to Civil hospital.

Earlier on Wednesday, Zainul Abideen, the joint secretary of ANP Patel Para Ward, was killed near the Intermediate Board Office.

The city has experienced a wave of violence this week as workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were also targeted. Both parties had announced days of mourning, which saw Karachi experience no activity and sporadic incidents of violence.

MQM declares Saturday ‘day of mourning’

With the death toll continuing to climb, MQM chief Altaf Hussain in a message called for a day of mourning be observed in the city on Saturday.

He urged the business community to support his call by keeping their businesses shut.

The Karachi Transport Ittehad, which represents public transport in Karachi, have decided to keep their vehicles off the streets today.

Meanwhile, the All Private Schools Association announced that all private schools will remain closed in the city.

Qasba Mor: ‘Wanted criminal’ killed in shootout between groups, 12 arrested

In the aftermath of a shootout between two groups, a wanted criminal, Ashiq Afghani was killed and two others were injured. A vehicle was also set on fire.

After the incident, the situation became tense and all shops in the area were shut down.

Soon afterwards a heavy contingent of police, rangers and FC surrounded Kati Pahari, Qasba Colony, 1C area and Bukhari Colony.

Searching door to door, the forces arrested more than a dozen suspicious persons in these areas.

According to SP Site, Akram Abro the person killed was wanted by the police for charges of murder and attempted murder.

Reader Comments (32)

  • Manzoor
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:22PM

    MQM named the killer of their sector incharge as a member of amn committee but on the other hand they are now targetting ANP and other innocent and poor pukhtuns. Pukhtuns of karachi shud unite and peacefully protect their lives and assets. Remember no one else would stand for pukhtuns.

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  • rahim abdullah rana
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Pukhtoons are for some reason attracted to karachi and other cities where mohajirs in majority or power. punjabis will never tolerate their presence in punjabi cities just like mohajird. If only there were pukhtoons as part of high skilled jobs prob would have been much lower.

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  • fus
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @ Manzoor…Yeh yeh..and blame game continues, MQM blames ANP and vice versa, it is just odd that things in Karachi get worst during PPP time. How does all this fighting benefit MQM or ANP, atleast it does not help MQM since it make them more unpopular. It seems to be beyond MQM and ANP. End of the day it is Sind Govt. responsibility, they should arrest people irrespective of political affiliation. But Frankly PPP does not care when it comes to Karachi., or even Sind since they know no matter what they will be back in power.
    btw what do you mean by PEACEFULLY PROTECT THEIR LIVES and ASSETS, go to Kati Pahari and Qasbah you will know how peacefully they have been doing it so far. It started by just few, from any ethinicity, but in the end it is the innocent and poor who lose everything.

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Put a ban on MQM and ANP activities in the karachi city

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  • Palwasha
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:53PM

    In a war between PPP & MQM, poor pukhtuns of ANP is being killed. Why the PPP government is not giving MQM the things which they want and shut them up. What is the fault of poor pukhtun labourers and ANP activists?

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  • Adeel
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Even in this MQM will somehow find a way to portray itself as the victum..

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Very bed condition now a days in karachi

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  • RAAF
    Mar 31, 2012 - 12:38AM

    why would everyone blame that on MQM! just because their man died few days back! no no no boys n gals. think a head it could be someone who is enjoying and getting benefit from all this. THINK!

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  • 110
    Mar 31, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Curse on ruling parties,police and the rangers.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:11AM

    @Palwasha:

    Nearly all of the dead have been innocent Urdu speaking in the past 3 days. All killed by your ANP

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  • Hassan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:16AM

    ANP worker killed in a fight with his friend and in return ANP has killed 12 Urdu speaking so far in the city

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  • saeed
    Mar 31, 2012 - 3:19AM

    why don’t people think this Race and Religon only create hate And hate kill .

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  • Bilal
    Mar 31, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @Manzoor
    MQM named that guy because he was calling and giving threat to the person[victim], please don’t comment on Karachi, if you dont really know abt reality, also MQM workers shot dead today at Banaras..what about that?

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  • Behzad Khan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:22AM

    ANP has become a mafia in Karachi and wants to take control of Karachi by guns but they are on mistake Karachi is the stronghold of the MQM since 28 years even the operation clean up in 1992 could not finished them get real….and stop killing innocent people for political reason.

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  • Concern1
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:33AM

    Can any local karachite go an work in Peshawar or any city of Pakhtoonistan, then why do they from Pakhtoonistan come to work in karachi, they should be banned & those in Sindh should be booted out. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 31, 2012 - 7:11AM

    whatever ANP is doing in Karachi,now poor pathans will the price for that, and now people[Karachities] will prefer other communities for daily wages work which is not fair also, but killing of Urdu speaking in their own city is unacceptable.

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  • Mehran
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:16AM

    MQM has very good media management and we should accept that fact. This make them innocent in any and every situation. Media’s response towards MQM is always soft, friendly and accommodating. They get the highest coverage to their events and Jalsas. Their version is spreaded to every corner of Pakistan through media. If any other party’s workers has burnt so much vehicles and innocent peoples were found to be killed, media must have been mad over them. But here, all is well! What a dichotomy.

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  • Mehran
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:22AM

    To end such violent and terrorist groups, a long 3 prong policy is needed (i) Deweaponise Karachi (ii) Get all illegal immigrants out of Karachi (iii) Conduct a full fledged operation against terrorists and end all No-Go areas of Karachi.

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  • Aleem
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:31AM

    BANARAS is the stronghold of ANP and they killed innocent civilians while they were going to their home from work because they are urdu speaking people. ANP and Amn committee of PPP should be ban for the peace of Karachi and those who want to leave in Karachi should live with peace otherwise they should go to their land which does not give them food……be grateful of Karachittess is running the whole country by their taxes……..

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  • liberalpak
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:41AM

    @Behzad Khan:
    When immigrants from India have right to settle in Karachi then why not those who come from within Pakistan. Most importantly, When Sindhi people who are sons of soil, they dont have any problem with Pakhtoons’ stay in Sindh, then why some other immigrant group have any moral right to point fingers at Pakhtoons. Finally read wikileaks and JIT reports, you will know which party has militant wings and has sophisticated weapons.

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  • Salim Ansari
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:49AM

    @Concern1: Pakhtoonistan come to work in karachi, they should be banned & those in Sindh should be booted out.

    … what if they say mohajirs should be sent back to india – as they are not “real” son of soil ?

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  • Hafeez
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:59AM

    @Concern1:
    I don’t have to comment on your comments. since it would be useless. I am really shocked that how would ET moderaters let such stupid comments show up. It is really shocking.

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  • jock
    Mar 31, 2012 - 9:12AM

    @Concern1:
    The summer is approaching…let them dig the roads and stuff for now…maybe later when the days are shorter and the weather cools down a bit, we’d hire the local boys in their stead !!! No seriously !!!

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  • Mar 31, 2012 - 9:35AM

    poor civil administration – with unlimited sources at disposal – no results, better ask for u.n.force, in order to let human sigh of relief.

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  • Irtiza
    Mar 31, 2012 - 9:44AM

    @Hafeez:
    Totally agree with you. ET needs to hire new sensible staff.

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  • Bilal
    Mar 31, 2012 - 9:45AM

    ANP must understand that whatever they do with Karachities, common pushtoon which has nothing to do this politics will face the result.

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  • Sachal Sarmast
    Mar 31, 2012 - 10:03AM

    If you ( any leader of any origin) say that Karachi is (mainly or only) mine and if you say my workers will get out of control, then you are part of the problem. You are the culprit of misery, humiliation and poverty of the absolute majority of the people of Karachi.
    And if the government cannot find a solution, it declares its uselessness.
    There could be solution and there is a solution. Karachi situation could successfully be reversed. There is no doubt. But you should be honest, visionary with will and doer. People would always prove great savior and helper, if their strength and support is invoked.

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  • altaf raja
    Mar 31, 2012 - 10:51AM

    Mohajirs were the ones who were instrumental in creating Pakistan and today we are told to leave karachi as we arent sons of the soil. Every Pakistani should know they have a country because of quaid e azaam who was a shia and mohajir.

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  • Hairaan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 11:12AM

    @Behzad Khan:
    What you want to say that only MQM have the right to control Karachi by guns.

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  • Tom
    Mar 31, 2012 - 11:16AM

    @Hairaan:
    Actually, as their name implies “haq parast”, they have rights on everything of karachities including life, money, children everything.

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  • sameer
    Mar 31, 2012 - 3:05PM

    now in 2012 in kati pahari area is more peacefull then were in 2011 Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Pakhtuns are still not United. Its not about ANP but about your survival. Get united and see no one can match you.

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