Inspector Shafiq Tanoli killed in Karachi suicide blast

Published: April 24, 2014
Police inspector Shafiq Tanoli.

Police inspector Shafiq Tanoli.

Express News screengrab of the site of the explosion. Express News screengrab of the site of the blast. Police inspector Shafiq Tanoli.

KARACHI: A suicide blast in the Old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi left four people including police inspector Shafiq Tanoli dead and 15 other people injured, Express News reported on Thursday.

“The blast killed police official Shafiq Tanoli and three others and wounded 15 others including Tanoli’s three guards,” senior local police official Tanvir Ahmad Tunio told AFP.

He said the bomb targeted Tanoli.

A local senior police official, Raja Umar Khitab, confirmed that it was suicide attack.

“The bomber came walking in the shop and blew himself up,” he added.

Another local police official confirmed the attack and casualties.

The police inspector has been targeted at least seven times before.

One of Tanoli’s brothers, Rasheed, told the media that his uncle and cousin were among the deceased as well.

Tanoli’s family members had borne the brunt of his work in the past. Tanoli’s younger brother, Naveed, was killed the same day when Tanoli, the then SHO of Supermarket Police Station, had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar. Tanoli was the investigating officer for the murder case.

The injured in today’s attack, who also include Tanoli’s family members, were taken to local hospitals for medical assistance.

Rescue teams and the police have reached the site of the explosion and a shop was destroyed in the blast as well.

An Express News screengrab showing the inside of Tanoli’s house. 

According to hospital sources, the post-mortem examination of the police inspector is complete. The post-mortem report stated that there were serious injuries on Tanoli’s head, face and chest caused by the explosive material which resulted in his death.


The man, who was always determined to fight violence, joined the police force in 1989 when he was in his early twenties. He was also active during the army operation in the 1990s – a time when officers were scared to mention they were from the police force.

Tanoli had also worked for the CID, and was involved in the arrest of Lyari’s Arshad Pappu, inviting the wrath of his followers. He had been attacked twice in Pak Colony, twice in Mauripur, once each in Liaquatabad, Sachal and Old Sabzi Mandi.

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  • Ahmed Iqbal
    Apr 24, 2014 - 9:39AM

    You simply cannot escape. RIP Wali Khan Babar. RIP everyone who followed him in graveyard


  • Khan
    Apr 24, 2014 - 9:53AM

    “Tanoli’s younger brother, Naveed, was killed the same day when Tanoli, the then SHO of Supermarket Police Station, had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar.”

    And everyone knows who killed Wali Babar, same people have now got Shafiq Tanoli. RIP brave man.


  • Saleem
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:10AM

    He was a hero, who worked for the country. He was different than cowards who know nothing but silence anyone with whom they disagree. May Allah bless his soul.


  • Bilal Qadri
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:17AM

    May Allah almighty forgive shaheed’s misdeeds and give him eternal peace.


  • Faiz
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:17AM

    And then there’s the taliban, I wonder if this breaches the ceasefire? Guy had to sadly face the brunt of both those who claim to be pro-state and anti-state.


  • Usman
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:20AM

    Meanwhile, MQM is joining the govt. What a farce.


  • Patriot
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Competent officers in the police force are being targeted. Allah save all of us from these type of terror attacks.


  • voice
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:43AM

    There are black-sheep terrorists sitting in every political party…..

    Pakistani law lacks punitive measures…therefore terrorists are bold enough to act, while political parties call them brothers. An insecure place on earth.


  • Ali
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:14AM

    Salute to brave soldier of the Nation “Shafiq Tanoli”.


  • confused
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:14AM


    I blame the “muzakraat, mazakraat” party for this indiscriminate devastation in the country.

    No action, no hope.


  • just a query
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:15AM

    So no Geo news assassin will be caught?


  • A J Khan
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:16AM

    For me he is a bigger hero than Hamid Mir. He has sacrificed his life for the protection of people of Pakistan.
    Government of Pakistan & Sindh Police must ensure that his family is looked after well & proper.


  • Tanoli
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:35AM

    Proud sons of soil are laying their lives for protection of motherland while politicians and religious masses are confused about everything
    What a shame
    Shafiq Tanoli you will be remembered by me
    Thankyou for all u have done for this ungrateful nation


  • Proud to be Muslim
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:44AM


    May the soul rest in piece. We are always taking about Taliban or so, no one speaks out of the real names behind these killings and whole Karachi knows very well. May ALLAH take revenge from these killer organizations.


  • talha
    Apr 24, 2014 - 11:58AM

    Heart bleeding with tears for a nation that is divided by their corrupted lust for power…

    kill anyone who has the power to take a stand,
    a slap on the rogue elements of intelligence and local bribe-fed police officials!
    brave man I salute you for your courage as I would love to quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:
    * > cowards die many times before their deaths/ The valiant never taste of death but once.*
    God may have His wrath over the enemies of Pakistan.


  • k
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:19PM

    “born the brunt”
    Come on Editor Saheb….its “borne” and not “born”


  • adnan
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:21PM

    i m proud of this guy.he was a brave man.he lived like tigers.


  • jawad
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:50PM

    “born the brunt” ? It should be borne


  • Abdullah
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:52PM

    If police officers , famous journalist are not safe than one can think about the safety of common people. Government is sleeping and people are helpless and hopeless. Those who can go abroad , they are leaving and rest are living are ants.


  • Abdullah
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:53PM

    If police officers , famous journalist are not safe than one can think about the safety of common people. Government is sleeping and people are helpless and hopeless. Those who can go abroad , they are leaving and rest are living are ants.Recommend

  • Zara
    Apr 24, 2014 - 1:19PM

    Do you actually know who killed wali babar. Its so easy in pakistan to blame everything on TTP


  • Professor
    Apr 24, 2014 - 2:09PM

    To stop suicide bombings, Pakistan must provide its youth with a reason for living. A war against backwardness and illiteracy is the first step.


  • Ahmed - Karachi
    Apr 24, 2014 - 2:38PM

    I have previously always been against corrupt police officials. But corrupt or not corrupt – I have the uttermost respect for this man who lost half his family simply because they were witnesses to the Wali Khan Baber case


  • Zaka
    Apr 24, 2014 - 3:56PM

    And we continue holding talks with the terrorists while terming our army as “Gaddar” – what kind of nation we are.Recommend

  • AF
    Apr 24, 2014 - 4:28PM

    All because of the political decisions and personal interest of ………


  • Akhtar Habib
    Apr 24, 2014 - 5:16PM

    Good cop is a rare commodity in Pakistan. 99.99% are corrupt from tip to toe. I tried but I don’t feel any sympathies when a cop dies. Don’t believe me? Just take a ride at any or all the locations in Karachi on an ordinary motor cycle and see how you will be treated. Not to mention about all kidnappings of innocent people and asking for ransom for their release. There are scores of heart bleeding stories of police excesses. .Recommend

  • Shaukat Naeem Ghumman
    Apr 24, 2014 - 5:49PM

    The government should standstill dialog with senseless and barbarian Talban who are violent to our police force. The assassins of police inspector Shafiq Tanoli should be brought to justice without fail and the malicious goals of such elements should be discouraged. If such sort of happenings keeps on lingering the confidence of the policemen shall be tarnished. These forces have to keep the peace and order situation in order. Smoke the killers out. They deserve no sympathy.


  • Ali
    Apr 24, 2014 - 6:34PM

    A corrupt Police officer who was suspended by Supreme Court for corruption, killings, running drug dens, occupying poor people properties by force, famous for doing fake encounters have so many admirers just because he was famous for killing members of a Political party in fake encounters.
    Sorry state of Pakistan and people of this country.


  • Nazar
    Apr 24, 2014 - 6:36PM

    Shafiq Tanoli was suspended by IG Sindh, after he raided a banglow (C-9) in Defense area – this got a little coverage in the media because of some BIG names involved. All his security was removed, therefore, leaving him at the mercy of suicide bombers and targeted killers.


  • Zubair Khan
    Apr 24, 2014 - 6:41PM

    Elimination of just and fair lot leads to the wlimination of nation from the map of the world. Hope those on helm of affairs can relaise it.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 24, 2014 - 6:53PM

    RIP Shafiq Tanoli may Allah give u place in paradise..
    Bigger thieves and killers are ruler of this country and I don’t know what u wanna say.
    the cause of all these mess killing and misery of this city is living comfortably in London.


  • truth
    Apr 24, 2014 - 7:06PM

    @Tanoli..he was not a proud son of soil….he was a corrupt police officer and coward officer involved in extra–judicial killing ,running private police force for extortion and occupying properties by force


  • Apr 24, 2014 - 7:06PM

    Another brave police office lays down his life in the line of duty. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of police inspector Shafiq Tanoli and his three comrades who lost their lives in the terrorist suicide attack today. What better way to demoralize the front line of security staff than by targeting their senior officers? The message to the coward terrorists is that you may kill a few brave souls but you will not kill our resolve for peace and a violence free region. Many brave officers have died protecting the citizens of Pakistan; we salute them and stand by them today as they tackle this vicious and common enemy. There is no denying that the path towards sustained peace is treacherous but rest assured that together we will reach our destining of peace and harmony.

    Abdul Quddus.
    DET- United States Central Command


  • Abdullah
    Apr 24, 2014 - 7:09PM

    This week mqm joined Sindh Government and Today they paid back for 1990’s operation.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 24, 2014 - 7:12PM

    @Akhter Habib
    Can u live on fifteen thousand ruppes a month with four kids and some times parents and other brother sisters???
    and do u think most of our kerta therta are so honest that no one have steal anything and lived in DHA and Clifton and other country areas


  • imram
    Apr 24, 2014 - 8:23PM

    shafiq tanoli is a great sodier.pakistani Forces zindabad……i salute Shafiq Tanoli


  • Apr 24, 2014 - 9:18PM

    with my ghastly memories of police being the most corrupt institution in karachi, i find it difficult to sympathies with them, however, sad this event is. squeezing the already poor people for more bribes and trying to avoid enforcing laws because of the powerful influences … its just a failed institution in karachi meant for the rich and powerful and not for the average karachiite


  • ahmed ali
    Apr 24, 2014 - 10:10PM

    @tanoli….majority of police officers from constable to IGP are corrupt,see their life style of living,involved in extortion,involving innocent people and releasing after taking money,protecting land grabbers drug runner,etc …Ch. Aslam stated as a ASI reached grade 18 but owned a house in defence,i can not dream of living in defense….the day police stop taking bribe,crime will decreased to a very low level..


  • Apr 24, 2014 - 11:39PM

    very sad, Rest in peace brave soldier. condolence to the family may G-d Almighty grant them sabar jameel.


  • Adeel Abbas
    Apr 25, 2014 - 5:06PM

    To All Youthiyas/misquided people.

    Why do you blame for every incident on MQM for any incident happen in Karachi. Please stop being biased and be truthful. for your kind information police suspects deceased family to be behind such incident.


  • Proud to be Muslim
    Apr 25, 2014 - 5:50PM

    Shafiq Tanoli is another addition in the list of sincere police officers (Bahadur Ali, Captain Baloch, Zeeshan Kazmi, Ch. Aslam and so on … ) who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Karachi. But the real tragedy is that, their killers are still rulers of Karachi.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 26, 2014 - 12:42AM

    @Ahmed Ali,
    Its not police only in the land of pure there more bigger than these peoples specially NRO


  • Raees Tanoli
    Jun 26, 2014 - 10:33PM

    it fact the kararchies was suffered in the fear of terrorism after 1980 when one so called party claims the right , on the direction of pakistan and Isalm enemies, and start quelling with others residents of sindh


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