Settling scores?: Sunni Tehreek and MQM workers attacked in separate incidents

Published: April 16, 2012

Two Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers, identified as 30-year-old Rashid and 35-year-old Yahya, were shot dead in Gulshan-e-Zahoor in Lines Area. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD SAQIB

KARACHI: At least five people, including three political workers, were killed and eight others were injured on Sunday.

Two Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers, identified as 30-year-old Rashid and 35-year-old Yahya, were shot dead in Gulshan-e-Zahoor in Lines Area. According to the police, they were sitting outside Rashid’s home when men opened fire on them. They were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) but did not survive their injuries.

A score of ST leaders and workers reached the hospital and demanded arrests of those responsible, while shouting slogans. The party spokesperson, Fahim Qadri, told The Express Tribune that the victims were senior members of the party and were associated with the Lines Area sector.

Following the incident, panic and fear spread into the locality and a heavy contingent of law enforcers was deployed. The funeral prayers for the deceased were offered after Asr prayers and they were laid to rest in a local graveyard.

The situation at Brigade and its surrounding areas remained tense throughout the day. No case has been registered as yet.

MQM workers attacked

Shortly after this incident, workers and supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who were playing cricket at a ground near the Baitul Mukarram Masjid, were attacked. Witnesses said that four men, who appeared to be intoxicated, arrived at the scene in a black Toyota Corolla and started abusing the MQM and its leadership, followed by indiscriminate firing. As a result, four MQM supporters were injured and taken to the JPMC. However, 24-year-old Arsalan succumbed to his injuries and 22-year-old Hazim Iqbal was admitted in a critical condition. The other two, namely Asif and Junaid, were reportedly out of danger.

Arsalan, who used to run a paan shop in Hussainabad, and the other three injured persons were residents of block 13-D, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and played cricket at the ground every weekend.

SHO Kenson Dean did not confirm the motive behind the incident, saying that the investigation was in its initial stage and a case was yet to be registered.

Violence roundup

Unidentified gunmen in a car shot dead 25-year-old Mohammad Omar near Schon Circle. Omar, a resident of Soldier Bazaar, was on his motorcycle when he was shot thrice. SHO Asif Jakhrani said that the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained and the police was trying to trace the culprits with the help of the CCTV cameras installed at nearby shops.

Earlier, an unidentified man who had been shot on his leg and head was found near the Urdu Bazaar and taken to the civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered against unidentified persons.

Meanwhile, five more people, including ASI Dilshad Hussain of the crime investigation department, were injured in separate incidents.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Justice
    Apr 16, 2012 - 4:11AM

    Every one knows this fact that who bombed and wiped out whole leadership of ST during Rabiul Awal Jalsa in Mushraf Era. Who was then home Minister of Sindh? The target killing of innocent ST workers should be stopped. PPP’s Govt alliance party call themselves as Mohajir’s party but they are attacking and killing ST workers of Karachi. Aint they Mohajir. Shame on attacking innocent workers of ST!

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  • Justice
    Apr 16, 2012 - 4:42AM

    ST has always been attacked. It seems except MQM no one has any right to contest elections or do political opposition to MQM in Karachi. In any democratic society, every party has right to oppose other party and contest election. ST is always under attack because of its opposition to the policies of MQM. This is against the spirit of democracy. Karachi is under the control of Gang lords. They criticize on feudal lords but They are actually more cruel than feudal lords. They behave as lords of occupied city of Karachi. Its sheer terrorism and mafia-ism.

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  • Khi2Khy
    Apr 16, 2012 - 7:04AM

    The environment of hatred and confusion is so hot & explosive; Anyone can start a fire for personal or financial gain by killing couple of workers of two party and spread the rumors at public gathering spots across the city. That's exactly when law enforcement authorities pay the price of lack-of-duty.
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  • IZ
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:37AM

    I am in no way a supporter of ST, but I have to wonder, is there ANY political party in Karachi that MQM is not involved in a running battle with? Where do they think this kind of policy of confrontation and aggression is going to lead them?

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  • Imran
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Lets Bash MQM and get likes.

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  • Muhammad
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:34PM

    Sunni Tehreek is the only religious political party which can play a pivotal role in prosperity and well-being of our beloved country Pakistan. Policies of this great political party are extremely wonderful.Members of this party are rendering their respective productive services in the service of Islam and the nation, not only in Karachi but throughout the country. It is very sad that Sunni Tehreek’s workers have been targeted in Karachi. Being Muslims, we should pray for the forgiveness of our brothers. Ulama-e-Karaam are required to frame, rather implement such Islamic laws in the country which are helpful in the creation of peace and stability across the country.May Allah bless our great country with peace.Long Live Pakistan.
    Islam———A COMPLETE CODE OF LIFE
    ISLAM ZINDABAD
    Pakistan PAINDA BAAD

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Apr 16, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @Muhammad:
    Party bases solely on sectarianism can never be prosperous for country.

    Islam —- Complete code of life
    Democracy and freedom —— code of prosperity
    Islam Zindabad
    Pakistan Zindabad

    Thnx

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  • Noise
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:01PM

    I dont understand the beef between ST and MQM, those two should be allies.

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