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.