Two Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers, including the head of the party’s Ranchore Line sector, were killed on Sunday in separate incidents of violence.
A 27-year-old man, identified as Mohammad Arif, was gunned down within the jurisdiction of the New Karachi police station. The victim, who was a Sunni Tehreek worker, was on his way from his house in New Karachi to the party’s Ranchore Line sector office when unidentified men intercepted and shot him. He sustained a bullet wound and was taken to Abbasi Shaheed hospital, where he passed away.
In an unrelated incident, the body of a 32-year-old man, identified as Sajid Khan, was found in Ilyas Goth in Korangi, within the jurisdiction of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station. The police said that the victim, who was a hakim, lived in Landhi. The victim’s brother, Nasir Khan, told the police that they had no personal enmity with anyone. ST spokesperson Fahim Qadri confirmed that both victims were affiliated with his party. Sajid Khan belonged to the party’s Korangi sector and Mohammad Arif was in charge of the Ranchore Line sector.
Law enforcers apprehended about 50 suspects during a door-to-door search operation in parts of Pak Colony. The operation was jointly conducted by Rangers and police. The police said that some suspects were later released after being interrogated. A few others, who the law enforcers had seized weapons from and linked to groups of gangsters, were detained. Further investigation is under way.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2012.