Sectarian attacks: Cases registered but no headway

No FIR has been lodged for the Safari Park bomb blast.

Our Correspondent August 19, 2012

KARACHI: As sectarian tensions run high in Karachi, the police have failed to make any headway in the investigations of the killings that followed the Safari Park bomb blast on Friday.

While the police registered the cases of sectarian targeted killings on Sunday, no case has still been registered against the roadside bomb attack. The complainants have asked the police to wait, said Gulshan SHO Rana Haseeb. The police would register the case on behalf of the state if the victim’s heirs delay it more.

Two Shia activists were killed and another 13 suffered injuries when a roadside bomb exploded at the University Road on Friday. At least 11 people of the Deoband sect have been targeted since late Friday night, in what police suspect are in retaliation of attacks on Shias.

Another man belonging to the Deoband school of thought was gunned down in Gulshan-e-Iqbal late Saturday night. Ghulam Jilani, the prayer leader of the Masjid-e-Akhiyar was gunned down by armed motorcyclists, police said. The body was moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Meanwhile, the case of the murder of five people at the Café Green restaurant near Disco Morr in North Karachi was registered by the Sir Syed police on behalf of the state due to the unavailability of any complainant. Four unidentified suspects were booked in FIR No. 381/12 under Sections 302/34 and 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 7 of the ATA.

The police approached the families to register the case, but none of them came forward, said DSP Tahir Khan. There have been no breakthroughs as yet but further investigation is under way.

Khawaja Ajmer Nagri police registered FIR No. 384/12 under the same PPC and ATA sections against two unidentified suspects on the complaint of Mohammad Faizan. Faizan was injured in the attack, in which his two friends, Yahya and Mujahid, were gunned down in North Karachi.

Samanabad police also registered the case of the murder of Qari Asif and Qari Shakirullah, who were shot dead inside the Taqwa Masjid in Gulberg. Three unidentified suspects were booked in the case (99/12) under Section 302 of the PPC and Section 7 of the ATA on the compliant of Asif’s brother.


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