Six MQM activists killed in last 24 hours

Published: May 16, 2012

Four people were killed while eight were injured in separate incidents of violence in the city.

KARACHI: In a recent wave of target killings in Karachi, four people were killed while eight were injured in separate incidents on Wednesday. Three of the deceased belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). This takes the death toll of MQM activists to six in the last 24 hours.

A former UC counsellor of the MQM was killed when unidentified men opened fire at him in the Saudabad area of Malir. The man was identified as Khursheed Alam. Another MQM activist, Zubair Siddiqi, was gunned down in the same area by unknown armed assailants.

MQM activist Hasnain Malik was attacked by unidentified men in the Orangi Town. Malik died on the spot due to bullet injuries. A few days earlier, his son was killed in the same manner.

Three MQM workers were killed on Tuesday in different parts of city, including a former UC-councillor Anwar Alam alias Babu who was killed in the PECHS area, Azhar Ali and Kamran Ali, whose bodies were found from Memon Goth Graveyard and Ganna Mandi areas, respectively.

A local hotel in the Quaidabad area of the city was also attacked today. Unidentified men had lobbed a hand grenade from a bridge located above the hotel.

The grenade hit the cash counter, severely injuring three customers and one employee at the hotel. The injured were shifted to Jinnah hospital for treatment.

The attack was earlier believed to have been carried out using a cracker bomb, but Deputy Sub Inspector (DSP) Rao Iqbal confirmed that it was a hand grenade.

In another incident, unknown armed assailants opened fire at a public bus in the Gulistan-e-Johar area, injuring four passengers.

According to Express News correspondent Wasiq Muhammad, shops were closed down soon after the firing incident. However, police have still not reached the crime scene.

The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

Reader Comments (36)

  • May 16, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Who is producing these grenades. Such type of weapons should not be in the reach of criminal elements.Recommend

  • Asad
    May 16, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Here we go again….

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  • Hmm..
    May 16, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Terrorists v Terrorists – i feel for the innocents killed.God save us.Ameen.

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  • sunder khan
    May 16, 2012 - 2:35PM

    This ineffective Chief Minister of Sind should march against the target killers instead of planning to march on Lahore.

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  • May 16, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Either Pakistan opens up NATO supply or Americans will be playing these dirty games. We know who controls who.

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  • sindhi
    May 16, 2012 - 3:18PM

    I call upon all peace loving mohajirs to fight for their rights till the end.

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  • Idris
    May 16, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Just after 2 weeks..Welcome Back to real Karachi.. :/

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  • SFK
    May 16, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Oh please, not again…

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  • SH
    May 16, 2012 - 4:34PM

    DSP is Deputy Superintendent of Police.

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  • Bushra
    May 16, 2012 - 5:11PM

    where we are living?shame on pakistani Govt,karachi is being destroyed and pakistani Govt remain silentRecommend

  • Chilli
    May 16, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Allah save us in the worse tenure of PPP and its allies. They are likely to destroy the whole Pakistan. Incompetent and Incapable rulers with a pathetic team with no vision and plan.

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  • Faraz
    May 16, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Babu is dead.. really sad.. I am sure alot of ppl from PECHS will recognize him as he was famous for his cricket ground and organizing cricket tournaments… RIP

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  • Ali
    May 16, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Please do not kill innocent people. Do whatever you like with each others “activists”.

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  • Fawad
    May 16, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Babu Raid: Irrespective of his affiliation with MQM, he was an avid cricket fan and used to coach youngsters on his ground. He used to take care of his ground like his child

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  • Surya
    May 16, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Ameer Hamza:
    ..Nato route was closed only for the past 9 months or so…Was Karachi very peaceful before that?? Come out of denial mode before its too late..Recommend

  • abs
    May 16, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Reaction to Liyari operation.

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  • Lobster
    May 16, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @Bushra:
    MQM is in the governmnet too!

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  • MQMvsANP sPPP
    May 16, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Three militant parties fighting over the black money (bhatta, drug, land) of Karachi

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  • mohajirs
    May 16, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Its about time mohajirs unite .

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  • SanaSafinaz
    May 16, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Rest in peace Babu Raid !!

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  • Whatever
    May 16, 2012 - 8:27PM

    What’s going on ? The people of karachi are working so hard and someone else does not want them to flourish. It was so much peaceful during the time of mustafa kamal and look now :(Recommend

  • Ali Manzar
    May 16, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Faraz: we will all miss Babu Red We played in his Cricket ground from 7 in the morning till 12 in the night Unforgettable Times.

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  • Tanzeel
    May 16, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Babu Raid kept cricket alive in PECHS for years. I guess babu raid ground was the only ground with lights for tape ball cricket in 90s.

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  • Raja Islam
    May 16, 2012 - 10:53PM

    He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

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  • Siddh
    May 16, 2012 - 11:59PM

    A taste of your own produced wine huh???

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  • Afridi
    May 17, 2012 - 12:06AM

    karachi situation should be undo to 1980 where it was peace before existance of mqm , they are the real criminals

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  • lala124
    May 17, 2012 - 12:17AM

    i wish more of them everyday

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  • zafar iqbal
    May 17, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @sindhi: This path paving for Sindh partition / formation of Southern Sindh province !
    This is initial workout getting support of masses for the cause after this victimization of MQM supporters, if division of other provinces why not Sindh.

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  • aysha
    May 17, 2012 - 5:16AM

    This is nothing but crushing middle class leadership

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  • Proud Karachiite
    May 17, 2012 - 8:15AM

    @Faraz:

    He was our neighbor in PECHS. Truly a great guy, did his best to make sure the youth stayed out of trouble and indulged in positive sports esp Cricket ! Rest in Peace Babu !

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    May 17, 2012 - 10:08AM

    The Muhajirs are being conered . And THEY think this mass murder will cow them down !!!
    Waith till YOU see the rest .

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  • rafiq
    May 17, 2012 - 10:11AM

    @Whatever:
    u forgot 12may mate haven’t u

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  • rafiq
    May 17, 2012 - 10:14AM

    @Proud Karachiite:
    do u have any clue about his party activities or he was just there at the wrong time.

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  • rafiq
    May 17, 2012 - 10:16AM

    only solution for khi is deweaponization on a huge scale specialy the suburbs despratly need to be done

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  • Hmmm
    May 17, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Wrong headline. Only ONE was an MQM activist – the others had nothing to do with the MQM. Get the facts rightRecommend

  • S
    May 17, 2012 - 5:00PM

    RIP babu lal. You will be missed.

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