At least four more people have lost their lives since late Monday night and six more were injured as violence continued to grip the city.
A deputy general manager of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), Syed Ali Imran Jafri, 39, was gunned down as he was on his way to his office near Hyderi Market. Eyewitnesses told sub-inspector Mohammad Fasihuddin that at around 8:45 am, two men riding a motorcycle intercepted and shot at Jafri’s white Suzuki Khyber near Saifi College. He was hit by five bullets and died on the spot. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy and then handed over to the family.
The police said that the killing could be a case of sectarian violence and that the culprits might have mistaken him for a Shia. An FIR has been registered against unidentified men on the complaint of Jafri’s brother, Rehan. KESC has condemned the killing and declared Tuesday as a day of mourning.
Another employee of the power utility, Aman Baloch, was killed when unidentified men opened fire at a truck belonging to the organisation. The vehicle was parked near the power utility’s office in Shamsi Society, Malir. The victim was the driver of the van. A lineman, Nasir, was also injured in the incident.
In another incident a man, identified as 55-year-old Siraj, son of Mohammad Yasin, was shot dead by two armed men on a motorcycle as he was standing inside his auto-parts shop on Jahangir Road, said the Jamshed Quarters police. DSP Qaiser Ali Shah said that the victim was affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and his son is also a worker of the party. The officer added that the victim lived near his shop and the killing might be politically motivated. Tension prevailed in the area after the incident and some shops remained closed for the day.
In an unrelated incident, a man, identified as 32-year-old Aqeel, was killed when unidentified men on a motorcycle shot him inside his shop, within the jurisdiction of the Surjani police station. SHO Shabbir Hussain said that the victim was not affiliated with any political party and the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.
Earlier, on Monday night, a doctor, identified as 61-year-old Mohammad Ali Shah, was shot dead by armed men on a motorcycle near Lyari Town office, said the Napier police. SHO Imdad Khawaja said that the victim had left his clinic and was on the way to his house in Kharadar, when the suspects intercepted and killed him. The body was taken to Civil Hospital for an autopsy.
In a separate incident on Monday night, a head constable of the traffic division was gunned down in Mehmoodabad, said the Baloch Colony police. The victim, 41-year-old Adil, was sitting near his house when unidentified armed men drove by and shot him. The body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
ASWJ leader attacked
A central leader of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, formerly called the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Maulana Aurangzaib Farooqui, dodged death when his car was shot at near Qayyumabad Bridge in Korangi. Farooqui told The Express Tribune that he was going to Baldia Town for a conference organised by his party when two assailants shot at his vehicle. He remained safe but his security guard, Salahuddin, was injured as he fell while returning fire. However, the police said that they don’t have any evidence of the attack.
Three men, identified as Ovais Hanif, Imtiaz Khan and Khan Afsar, were shot and injured on Tuesday evening near Chhota Maidan in Nazimabad. The police said that the victims were workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party and were travelling in a car when they were intercepted by the assailants. They were taken to Liaquat National Hospital.
In an unrelated incident, a young man, identified as Israr, was found unconscious in Chakiwara in Lyari. The police said that he had been abducted and his captors had stabbed him several times before dumping him.
A 24-year-old man, Ali, was wounded in firing in Korangi while 40-year-old Abdul Malik was shot and injured in Mohabbat Nagar, within the jurisdiction of the Malir police station.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2012.
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