A police sub-inspector, Rafiq Baloch, was shot dead in an act of target killing near Shah Bhittai Hall in Lyari.
SSP Shiraz Nazeer said the deceased was a resident of the same area and was posted to the Saddar SP's office. He was shot and killed by unknown assailants when he was on the way home in Lyari after duty hours.
Police sources said that the deceased officer was a relative of notorious Lyari gangster, Ameen Buledi, and was also the father-in-law of Ameen's brother, Tanvir Buledi. A brother of the deceased, Arif alias Qazzafi, is also affiliated with the Lyari gang war. Police sources said that he might have been killed by a rival gang.
His funeral prayers were offered at Police Headquarters, Garden, and were attended by the acting Sindh IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali, Karachi police chief AIGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Traffic DIG Sain Rakhio Mirani and other senior police officials.
In a separate incident, an elderly man was shot dead and two others were wounded due to firing in Islamia Colony, Orangi Town, within the limits of Pirabad police station. The deceased was identified as 60-year-old Qutubuddin, son of Bilgiram, and the injured as Nawab and Kareem. Police officials said that deceased used to run a second-hand apparel business while the injured were his neighbours. The officer believes that the incident occured over personal enmity. The deceased and the injured were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and treatment.
Two policemen were wounded when unidentified assailants opened fire at them in District Malir. Both the personnel were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre with critical injuries as they were shot multiple times. According to the police, the two personnel, Niaz Ahmed, son of Pehlwan and Habib Durrani, son of Azizur Rehman, were patrolling the area on a motorcycle when unidentified assailants opened fire at them. DSP Fakharul Islam said that that it was unclear whether it was a targeted attack or they were injured during snap checking. Niaz Ahmed later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Meanwhile, SSP Jalees Fatima escaped a murderous attack when unidentified assailants opened fire on her car when it was passing Safora Chowrangi, within the limits of Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station. Fatima remained safe in the attack, largely because of the quick response of her guards. Police officials said that Fatima, who was posted as Traffic SSP, was on the way to visit her sister in Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-7 on Monday when at least two assailants opened fire at her car. Two bullets hit her vehicle but Fatima remained safe in the attack. Duty officer Ismail Memon said that FIR No. 368/14 has been registered against two unidentified persons on the complaint of Fatima and initiated further investigation.
Two suspects allegedly involved in extortion activities were arrested in an injured condition after encounter with the police in Sher Shah. SSP Sheeraz Nazeer said that the two suspects, Aqeel and Yusuf, had come to collect extortion money from the market, adding that the police party had arrested them after an encounter in an injured condition. Two pistols were also seized from their possession.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.