Who is targeting Pindi’s sanitary workers?

All three recently reported incidents of targeted attacks have taken place in the Sadiqababad area

Arsalan Altaf November 12, 2017
crime scene PHOTO:REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: At least four Christian sanitary workers of the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) have been gunned down in targeted attacks during the last five months in Rawalpindi.of which police are clueless

All three recently reported incidents of targeted attacks have taken place in the Sadiqababad area and the attackers’ modus operandi has been the same: bikers shooting the workers busy in sweeping roads early in the morning.

In the latest attack, two sanitary workers were gunned down and another injured as they were cleaning the streets near Nishter Street on Saturday morning. The victims identified as Asif and Saqib while driver Shakeel Irshad was wounded in the gun attack.

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The incident took place at around 5:30 am. Sadiqbabad police later registered a murder case against unidentified persons. A police officer said they were examining camera footage of the attack in order to find clues to the suspects.

In a similar incident earlier this year, unidentified motorcyclists gunned down Karamat Masih, 40, and critically injured Sagheer on Data Ganj Bakhsh Road within the Sadiqabad police precinct. That attack too had occurred early in the morning as the workers were sweeping the street and collecting garbage.

In June this year, another RWMC sanitary worker, identified as Ashir Asif, was reportedly murdered in the Sadiqababad area in a similar style.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2017.


Ahmed | 5 years ago | Reply This is very sad and worrying. These sanitary workers who keep our cities and streets clean are not just workers but also our brethren and country men. Justice should be provided and the state must come to their Aid immediately.
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