Sectarian & ethnic attacks?: One killed in Gulberg, 3 in New Karachi

Published: January 30, 2012
Protestors clashed with the security forces deployed in the area. Police fired shots into the air and arrested 20 men. Booths under the bridge and a bus were also set on fire during the protests. PHOTO: NNI

Protestors clashed with the security forces deployed in the area. Police fired shots into the air and arrested 20 men. Booths under the bridge and a bus were also set on fire during the protests. PHOTO: NNI

Protestors clashed with the security forces deployed in the area. Police fired shots into the air and arrested 20 men. Booths under the bridge and a bus were also set on fire during the protests. PHOTO: NNI Taseer Abbas Zaidi was killed in FB Area Block 20 when two men on a motorbike open fired on him. Violence continues in Karachi.  PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A wave of killings continue to plague Karachi, as another man from the Shia sect was targeted in the limits of Gulberg Police Station on Monday.

Taseer Abbas Zaidi was killed in FB Area Block 20 when two men on a motorbike open fired on him.

He was the brother of noha khawan Raza Abbas. The deceased will be buried at Wadai-e-Hussain.

Tension gripped the area immediately after the incident and unidentified men forced shopkeepers to close their stores in Ancholi and the Water Pump areas. Shara-e-Pakistan is also reported to be blocked.

Protestors also blocked the media and targeted media personnel. They were present on the Ancholi side of the Sohrab Goth bridge and members of Pashtun community were on the other side.

Protestors clashed with the security forces deployed in the area. Police fired shots into the air and arrested 20 men.

Booths under the bridge and a bus were also set on fire during the protests.

The city has been under the grip of sectarian and political violence during the last couple of weeks, with the death toll standing at above 20 in the month of January.

In another act of targeted killing, 59-year-old Jaffar Mohsin Rizvi, alias doctor, the son of Syed Baqar Rizvi, was gunned down in Gulberg on Saturday.

Three men killed in New Karachi attack

Three men were killed on Monday when unidentified men opened fired at their vehicle in New Karachi.

The men were fired upon outside Pir Bazaar near Powerhouse roundabout in North Karachi.

SHO Ilyas Shah of Bilal Colony police station, who immediately reached the spot, said that three men were sent to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in an injured condition.

However, they succumbed to their injuries while being moved to the hospital. The dead were identified as Adnan, a resident of New Karachi, Nizamuddin alias Adil, a resident of Orangi town and Irfan alias Shahrukh.

SP Chaudhry Asad though told The Express Tribune that the men belonged to the MQM. However, he refused to confirm whether this was an ethnic attack. “Investigations are still underway,” he said.

Police has set up a cordon at the scene of the crime. Shops in the area have been closed following the incident. Reports of tensions from New Karachi, North Karachi, Nazimabad, FB area and Nazimabad have been received.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Jan 30, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Wake up Pakistan… Wake up..!!!


  • FJ
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:22PM

    What is happening in this country. For God sake we are Shia MUSLIMS not insects :@


  • Akhtar
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:29PM

    An not a Sunni & am afraid of the situation in khi. Gilbert has on the boil with banners/posters appearing in different places. Though I don’t live there, one of my cousins told me. NOT ONE SINGLE POLITICIAN is willing to support us! Next 5 years, we’ll know what will happen to Pakistan.


  • truepak
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:31PM

    So after all the blood bath and the judicial inquiry last year we are back to square one?The govt has proven yet again that it is totally incapable/not interested in bringing peace to karachi.Recommend

  • mentelisco
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Sectarian attack?
    this is how we burn society!Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Do we have a “Religious Tolerance” or not?

    Every human being is been sent by Al-Mighty Allah in this world who practice different faiths and believes.

    And every one will go into his own grave.

    So first one should see what is his or her personal character before targeting the others.


  • Umar
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:11PM

    good governance. CJ does not have spare time from mammmoon gate.


  • dv sikka
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:18PM

    This is a very sad thing happening. Azadi from the British has become barbadi.


  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:21PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    Why Pakistan? Problem lies in Karachi
    People of Karachi needs to wake up to these sectarian fasadis


  • Sane
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:40PM

    @Sana Iqbal, this is only one way to see it, we have to remove the hate literature being distributed under the umbrella of Iran, why not highlight it too.


  • Jan 30, 2012 - 5:38PM

    *All shops were closed in my area block 18/19 Stituation getting critical…!! *


  • Syed Kaz
    Jan 30, 2012 - 5:47PM

    I guess there is no point in sitting and waiting for Pakistan to Wake Up!
    Wake up Hussaniun its high time that we stop relying upon the government, we are my no means a minority and the proof of that is the strength of our numbers and unity during our Moharram Moaning Processions.

    We must stand up on our own to take measures against this Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 30, 2012 - 5:54PM


    Nobody has been killed for following the Sunni sect. Shed your biases and condemn the killing of an innocent human being. Btw, i am Sunni


  • Ejaz
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:01PM

    This is a proxy war fought in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia and Iran. In both countries; sectarian killings are virtually nil but they are using Pakistan to do this dirty work. This is a very very sad day for Pakistan; innocent people are being killed. No matter, you are sunni, shia, christian, hindu or athiest etc; one should have a security to practice their faith and should not be intimidated by anyone. The religion/not having a relgion/faith is between one’s God and himself/herself. Who are these people who are murdering people in the name of religion/sect? No religon/sect allowes harming other human beings. No matter which faith you hold; look after each other and keep an eye on mischief causers and combat religious intolerance nonsense fiercely.


  • Aisha
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:09PM

    @Sane: please give us an example of hate literature distributed under the umbrella of Iran


  • Dr Khan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Maybe the ET needs to play fairly and also report the Sunnis indisriminately murdered by shiite militant groups, maybe thats why every time a shiite sympathizer is told to do a body count from both sides, they look for a quick exit? And no, I’m not supporting the murder of any sect nor promoting it, but we need fair coverage otherwise this is going to cause more fitnah, and stir up the shiite populations on false premises. Reporting about minority killings always sells, wake up people.


  • Salman
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:23PM

    All these shia killings have rose steadily. This is alarming and perhaps a deliberate plan to disrupt the society. Some thing fishy. Why authorities are silent over it. Looks like they aint bothered just like MQM target killings last year


  • azadar
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:25PM

    so shameful after 10 hours of murder of another innocent shia media gets permission to publish a number of innocent shia’s were targeted in the different parts of pakistan because just they are “shia” & why media to zipped there camera’s media people are well aware of who is behind this all


  • Mufazzil
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Well i think if any Shia is killed it is Shia who is killed, but if any Sunni is targeted its not Sunni then! the difference is within our self, i mean self created Chaos!


  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:58PM

    The diff is in your thinking. if a Shia is killed because of his beliefs and he is a shia then we cry. If they are killed in any other incident like sunnis and shias both are killed then we don’t cry about that.Recommend

  • Sane
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:19PM


    Nobody has been killed for following the Sunni sect

    I think it should be rephrased as

    No Sunni has been reported as being killed since he was following the sunni sect

    A recent example was

    Btw, where did you get the impression that I am not condemning the innocent killing, I definitely condemn it, but the root cause is being searched for by @Sana Iqbal has only one perspective then I think the other perspective should be looked at too.


  • Uza Syed
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:25PM

    This insanity must stop and now. Who cares who is following which school of thought, as if any religion encourages thinking at all—! Let’s, please, leave each to his own belief and respect him for whatever he is, most of all for being a human like we consider ourselves to be. Either we learn to tolerate our differences and live in unity or perish divided.


  • ran
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:33PM

    stop killing shias in pakistan. stop brutality, stop sad comments and fake promises


  • faraz
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:44PM


    He was part of SSP, a banned anti Shia outfit. He wasnt an ordinary person. Then you will say Taliban are being killed in FATA because they are Sunni. I am talking of the takfeeri ideology under which ordinary people get killed because of their sects. Like Taliban bombed mazaars although the people who visit mazaars are mainly Sunni


  • Jan 30, 2012 - 8:05PM

    I dont understand y sunnis r alwys badmouthed in such a context…the assliants could be shias themselves or foreign agents piad to cause trouble…whr is the proof all those shias r being killed by sunnis…sunni islam is that most noble and compassionate of beliefs where Prophet pbuh himself resides….Recommend

  • Sane
    Jan 30, 2012 - 8:25PM

    @Uza Syed, absolutely


  • Jan 30, 2012 - 9:12PM

    We are a shameless nation. We support Kashmirs and Palestine but close our eyes when our own people are killed routinely without reason. They should be allowed to have arms to protect themselves when the Government is impotent to do so.


  • Ali Wali
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:05PM

    This is not proxy war between Saudia and Iran, it is organised attempt by terrorists to murder thousands of Shia, it is time every Shia bear an arm.Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Not just Karachi but whole Pakistan. Have you forgotten the Hazara people so quickly? Or the breeding of talibanisation in Punjab which has become its hub? This extremism and sectarianism is all over Pakistan my friend.


  • Deepwater
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:06AM

    @Aqeel Ahmed: When troubled by facts, blame foreign agents. Right?


  • saba
    Jan 31, 2012 - 6:01AM

    As a muslims do we all beleive in Day of Justice , we are not to decide who is right and wrong Please leave it to Allah and He will do the justice in between shia and sunni, in islam every one has a right to live according to their religion, and style, please Beleive in Allah and let Him decide….don’t Burn fire for yourself…..


  • Salmaan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 7:09AM

    First they killed the Ahmadis and I did not speak out. Next they killed Christians and I did not speak out. Next they killed the ….


  • Hazibur
    Jan 31, 2012 - 8:03AM

    The sectarian biased reaction of Shias to such crimes is very revealing. In Pakistan nobody’s life is safe. Are Sunnis not killed? We must stop Iranian funding of Shia victimhood. They have even killed our soldiers. When will Pakistanis wake up to this mischief?


  • Irtiza
    Jan 31, 2012 - 8:57AM

    It is so sad to read some of the comments where we are blaming each other for all this mess. Please understand the motive behind all this and it seems that the evile forces, who so ever they are, are successful in their motives when after every incident hatred creeps up among us for the other party. God save Pakistan.


  • Hamza Ali
    Jan 31, 2012 - 9:13AM

    i call upon shias to leave Pakistan so as to safeguard themselves and their families. pakistan is no safe place for minorities.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2012 - 10:55AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    @Sana Iqbal:
    and @ others

    Really appreciate your comments. Really do. It’s tough.


  • Hassan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 4:52PM

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