Numaish killing: Over 100 ASWJ, LeJ activists detained in surprise night-time raids

ASWJ spokesman says his party men were shot at and the scouts were killed later.

Express November 28, 2011

KARACHI: About 100 suspects from two religious organisations, one of them banned, were apprehended in a surprise overnight crackdown, following the killings of two scouts at Numaish Chowrangi on Sunday afternoon.

Azhar Hussain and Zain Ali were killed while Ayaz was injured when armed motorcyclists opened fire at a scouts camp at Numaish Chowrangi. It is believed that activists of the banned organisation were behind the attack since they held their annual Yaum-e-Omar rally at Tibet Centre earlier in the day.

Later, the Rangers and police cracked down on the SSP - that works under the new name Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ), and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) activists.

The first stop was the ASWJ central office, Jama Masjid Siddiq-e-Akbar, at Nagan Chowrangi. Four suspects were arrested, including, two sons of slain central leader, Maulana Abdul Ghaffoor Nadeem.

The father and son of the president of ASWJ’s Karachi division, Maulana Rab Nawaz, were apprehended from Old Golimar. Maulana Allah Wasaya’s two sons were caught from Jama Masjid Gulzar-e-Habib in Korangi, the president of district East, Maulana Saeed Akbar, from Ameer Mavia Masjid in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Maulana Habibur Rehman from Shershah and Hafiz Ramzan was taken into custody from Jama Masjid Noor in Jubilee area.

Mosques, madrassahs and homes were also raided in North Karachi, Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Landhi, Malir, Nazimabad and New Karachi.

Around 42 suspects, arrested from Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Masjid, remained in police custody while the remaining 28, which included women and children, were released. Four others, who were involved in violence, are also in police custody. The ASWJ condemned the crackdown and claimed it was a conspiracy against the organisation by the government, law enforcement agencies and their rival groups. Their spokesman, Maulana Taj Hanafi, said that two workers, Omar Farooq and Munir, were attacked and injured by a rival group near Imambargah Ali Raza on MA Jinnah Road when they were returning from the party’s rally. The scouts were targeted later by unidentified men.

“When our people were shot at, they ran for their lives and took refuge in a mosque,” he said. “That is when unidentified culprits shot and killed the scouts.”

He confirmed that his party’s workers were detained. He warned of a protest on MA Jinnah Road on Ashura if they were not released till Monday night. “Over 100 of our innocent workers were arrested without any reason,” Hanafi said. “When we tried to find out the reason, the government told us that they were pressured politically and by our rival groups, and they had to do it.”


According to investigators, the scouts were shot dead after they had an argument with four ASWJ men. The police went through the footage from the 18 closed-circuit cameras installed at Numaish Chowrangi. It showed that four men with an ASWJ flag and riding two motorcycles were stopped by the boy scouts for checking when they were returning from the Yaum-e-Omar rally.

“The boys stopped them for checking and they exchanged hot words,” said a source. “During the argument, an ASWJ flag fell down, after which they opened fire.”

Karachi AIG Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh confirmed this but declined to share more details. A special team was set up for investigating the killings and the violence that followed. However, the cases, for murder and violence still have to be registered at Soldier Bazaar and Brigade police stations. The police were waiting for the families to register the murder cases and an order from the government for lodging a case for the violence.

Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan visited Numaish Chowrangi after he met with the Shia leaders. He assured them of strict action against the miscreants.  He said that around 51 suspects involved in the attack were caught and they will be exposed soon in the FIR.

Funeral prayers

The funeral prayers of the scouts were offered in Khairul Aman Imambargah at Ancholi on Sunday night. Azhar Hussain was laid to rest at Wadi-e-Hussain Graveyard while Zain Ali was later buried in Chakwal, his hometown. Scores of people who came to attend the funeral also staged a protest at Shara-e-Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2011.


Abdullah | 11 years ago | Reply

@Noise, absolutely not. Any human life is as important.

@bigsaf, No, I do have other sources of what has happened since revolution of Iran took place. Since when was the main artery of the biggest city blocked for two days every year and no one on that road can do any thing except take part in the procession. Since when did the killing of great scholars like Maulana Yusuf Luhianwi, Mufti Shamzai, Allama Turabi etc. start taking place.

Were these events prior to the Iranian revolution or after that ?

The literature distributed which created hatred due to which someone is even ready to kill, when did this start ?

Even after an agreement took place between the rival shia - sunni groups which has signatures of their respective leadership, this hatred literature still flourishes which causes these issues. It is after mutual respect of the each other elders (of the past) which will solve this issue, but you are trying to suggest that this can't be done.

bigsaf | 11 years ago | Reply


It's like suggesting rounding up KKK members is a bad thing because it'll 'raise tensions', between 2 groups!

No, it's rounding up bigoted extremist activists of an organization who have a history of targeting the minority communities they hate.

Anyhowz, some good/or sad, depending on your perspective, news.

Police also arrested five miscreants who belonged to a banned militant faction. The militants are said to have planned a terrorist activity during Muharram processions in the city.

If you want to prevent a riot or tensions (after a massacre instigated but we're not interested in that fact apparently...), this is how you do it.

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