Targeted killings: Political activist among three shot dead in the city

Police arrest two suspects over the murder of three ASWJ men.

Our Correspondent October 21, 2012


Three people, including a political activist, were shot dead on Saturday in Karachi.

A worker of the Muttahida Organising Committee, a sub-wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was gunned down in Korangi.

Thirty-year-old Mohammad Aqeel Naseer was standing outside his home when two armed men on a motorcycle fired at him, killing him on the spot, Zaman Town police said. The victim was shot thrice.

His body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy, said SHO Liaquat Ali. Naseer’s family has termed the murder a political one and told the police that he had no enmity or disputes with anyone. On the complaint of the victim’s brother, Ismail, police have registered the case (545/12) against unidentified suspects.

In Orangi Town, a private bank employee was shot dead. Irfan Abdul Waheed, 40, had gone out to buy milk from a shop nearby his home when at least two armed attackers on a motorcycle targeted him, Pakistan Bazaar police said. His body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and handed it over to his family after medico-legal formalities. Initial investigation suggests Waheed was murdered over a personal enmity, SHO Ghulam Nabi Afridi said.

Separately, the tortured body of an unidentified youth was found by the Ferozabad police from Shahrah-e-Quaideen. The body was wrapped in a plastic bag and covered with a blanket, police said. The victim was shot once in the head and had several torture marks on his body. The body was shifted to the Edhi morgue at Sohrab Goth.

Two arrested

Two suspects allegedly involved in the targeted murder of three activists of a religious outfit have been picked up by the police for interrogation.

On Friday, three student activists of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ), formerly banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, were shot dead in Gulshan-e-Iqbal when they were returning from a protest held against targeted killings of their colleagues.

The two suspects - Mumtaz and Jabbar - were arrested with the help of the footage of closed-circuit television cameras installed near the crime scene, Mobina Town police claimed. The alleged accused live in the same area and were present at the crime spot when the students were shot dead.

Confirming the arrests, SHO Saleemullah Qureshi said the suspects were being interrogated and nothing could be said for now. Police are waiting for the victims’ families to register the case as they are busy with the funerals, he added. The combined funeral of Azizur Rahman Ghaffar and Shahzad was held at Darul Khair Madrassa after Asr prayers. Later, they were buried at the Natha Khan Goth graveyard. A number of ASWJ leaders and workers participated in the prayers.

The body of the third victim, Qari Mauvia Mujahid, was sent to his hometown in Rahim Yar Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012.


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