In a violent end to the week, political workers were among the eight people killed in the city on Friday.
Ghulam Rasool, 38, associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Karachi Mazafati Organising Committee, was shot multiple times near Kalapul. Defence police officials said the deceased was earlier associated with the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek.
In Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 13, Sharae Faisal police found the body of Muhammad Faizan, son of Javed Tariq. A chit on the body said that the body was a gift to the MQM by the Awami National Party, said a policeman, adding that this incident may be linked to Thursday’s attack in Rabia City apartments. In Lyari, Zubaida Bibi was shot dead while her daughter, Sania, was wounded in firing by gangsters on alFalah Road. A group of men were trying to kidnap a young Kutchi man when residents offered resistance. As the gangsters fled by firing in the air, Zubaida and her daughter were passing by and were shot. Chakiwara police sub-inspector Rehmatullah was also beaten up by the crowd for failing to act and his motorcycle was set on fire.
In Orangi Town, an elderly spiritual faith healer, Riffatullah alias Matke Wala, was shot dead inside his ‘astana’ near Ghausia Masjid, said Pirabad police. The owner of a tyre puncture shop, Javed Ashraf was shot dead at his shop on MA Jinnah Road, said Preedy police. A young man was found dead from a garbage dump in Kunwari Colony. His body was moved to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth for identification. Similarly, another young man was found dead near Afghan Chowk, said Gulshan-e-Maymar police. Another young man, who has yet to be identified, was killed in firing in Orangi Town.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2013.