At least nine people, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, were killed in separate acts of violence on Monday while the bodies of three others were found in different parts of the city.
A former councillor, identified as 45-year-old Hanif, was gunned down in Hussainabad, said the Azizabad police. SHO Haseeb Qureshi added that the victim, an MQM activist, was sitting at his scrap shop when armed men shot him. His body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
In an unrelated incident, unidentified men dumped an injured man along with two bodies in the jurisdiction of the Khokhrapar police station before speeding off in their vehicle. Witnesses called the police, who took the bodies and injured man to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JMPC).
The dead men were identified as Tauseef Jhokio and Imran while the injured person was identified as Ahmed Ali. The body of Jhokio’s brother, Rehan aka Dangar, was found on Sunday in Model Colony. Law enforcers said that about three dozen cases were registered against Jhokio and his brother. They added that the initial investigation has led them to believe that both brothers were affiliated with a group of Lyari gangsters. The motive behind the killings has yet to be ascertained.
The funeral prayers for the slain men were offered in Model Colony and they were later buried at a graveyard in the same locality. A number of the procession’s participants staged a protest against the killings and blocked some roads leading to the airport, Model Colony and Malir. Law enforcers were called to the troubled areas, but they could only watch helplessly as the angry mob pelted several vehicles with stones and burned tyres. The protesters dispersed after the police and Rangers assured them that they would cooperate.
In a separate incident, a 24-year-old man, identified as Uzair Baloch, was killed while his friend, 22-year-old Faraz, was injured when two motorcyclists opened fire at them as they were sitting outside their houses in Baldia Town.
Armed men shot dead a cable operator, identified as Mubarak aka Langara, inside his home in Madina Colony. His body was taken to JPMC.
A Muezzin, identified as 60-year-old Afnan Baloch, was gunned down while sitting outside a mosque on Manghopir Road at Sultanabad.
In an unrelated incident, a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat, identified as 35-year-old Ilyas Khan Mehsud, was killed and his companion, Abdul Hakeem, 34, was injured when armed motorcyclists shot them near Frontier Colony.
A young man was also shot dead in Orangi Town. An unidentified girl was killed when a group of men of men opened fire at a bus in Bhains Colony.
A man identified as Sheikh Nasir, a Rangers personnel was injured in firing near Old City.
The body of a 32-year-old man, Abdul Sattar, was found near Tibet Centre, within the jurisdiction of the Preedy police station. The body of his friend, 31-year-old Anees Rajput, was found near City Courts. Both victims lived in Dalmia. The police said that both victims had been kidnapped and were tortured before being shot dead. The police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the killings.
In an unrelated incident the body of an unidentified man was found in Nayabad, Lyari.
New AIG in town
Iqbal Mehmood, a grade 20 officer, has assumed the charge as the new Additional, IG Karachi on Monday. Mehmood has replaced Akhtar Hussain Gorchani, who has been transferred to the Intelligence Bureau.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2012.
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