KARACHI: Police investigators failed to make any headway into the targeted attack on a security guard of Senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
At least three people, including a minor girl, were killed in Nagan Chowrangi late Monday night after unidentified men opened indiscriminate fire at an unregistered vehicle that resembled a police mobile.
One of the victims was Abid, a city warden who was also performing his duty as the senator's security guard. His friend, Atiq was also killed along with his eight-year-old daughter, Tasbia.
The attackers took with them the empty shells of the pistol used in the incident after the shooting, while police also did not get any help from the CCTV cameras installed nearby as it was dark.
A few days ago, a similar incident occurred in Liaquatabad when unidentified target killers took empties with them after shooting dead a commando of the Special Security Unit.
The Sharae Noor Jehan police have registered two separate cases, one on behalf of the deceased Atiq's brother Kamal, while the other against the city warden's motor transport officer for transforming a civilian vehicle into a police mobile. SHO Imran Zaidi said the case was being investigated from different angles and nothing could be said until the investigation is complete.
Sindh home minister and senior police officials have also taken notice of the incident and directed relevant officials to take action against those making private vehicles resemble police mobiles.
The victims' funeral prayers were offered at New Karachi and were attended by a large number of people. The participants also staged a protest and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits.
The deceased's family said the incident occurred when Atiq was taking his daughter to a gift shop. "She (Tasbia) got first position in class one and insisted her father buy her a gift," said Atiq's brother, Kamal. "They were on their way to buy a gift when they were shot dead."
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2016.