The killings in Karachi have become a grotesque daily routine. The latest victims were two religious scholars and an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Besides this, the body of a young man was found in Korangi, hence bringing the day’s count to four.
Two seminary teachers, identified as 38-year-old Maulana Jamil Qasim and 30-year-old Maulana Anwar, were gunned down in the early hours of Friday near Paradise Bakery on Abul Hassan Isphani Road.They were going home after attending a nikkah ceremony when two armed men on a motorcycle shot them dead. Maulana Jamil died on the spot while Maulana Anwar succumbed to his injuries as he was being taken to Patel Hospital. The bodies were first sent to Jinnah hospital and then to the victims’ hometown, Azad Kashmir, for burial.
The killings caused panic in the area and a heavy contingent of law enforcers was deployed. Some witnesses said that at the time of the shooting, a Rangers mobile was parked nearby. However, SHO Azhar Iqbal said the victims, who lived within the premises of Masjid-o-Madarassa Aminia, were being followed before they were killed. Both victims taught at the Idara Marooful Quran and Maulana Anwar was also a prayer leader at Hanfia Masjid in Adam Nagar.SHO Iqbal added that the initial investigation led them to believe that the attack could be motivated by sectarian differences. No case against the culprits has been registered as yet.
In an unrelated incident, an MQM worker, Gulraiz Jamal, was shot dead near his house in Jodia Bazaar.The 25-year-old man was previously associated to the Sunni Tehreek and had recently started working for MQM’s Lyari sector. The body was taken to Civil Hospital, where a number of the party’s workers began protesting against the incident.
The body of an unidentified man was found on Qayyumabad Road, within the jurisdiction of the Korangi Industrial Area police station. Law enforcers said that the victim had been strangled to death. The body was taken to JPMC and later moved to the Edhi morgue for identification.
A police constable, Rana Yaqoob, was injured when at least two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at him and another policeman near Old Sabzi Mandi. While conducting routine checks, the policemen tried to stop some men, who opened fire at them before fleeing. Rana Yaqoob was taken to the Liaquat National Hospital. SHO Nusrat Hussain Sheikh was suspended by the East Zone DIG Shahid Hayat over the incident.
A Rangers trooper and a doctor were injured in Nusrat Bhutto Colony by two alleged robbers.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2012.
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