Further bloodshed was witnessed on the city’s streets as seven people, including an activist each of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat were murdered in separate incidents.
Thirty-two-year-old Amir Farooqi alias Ali was shot dead by four armed motorcyclists outside his house in Block-A of North Nazimabad late on Saturday night. The assailants, who were disguised in masks and helmets, pumped eight bullets into the victim’s upper torso before fleeing the scene.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amir Farooqi of District Central said the victim was a sector member of the MQM and was sitting outside his residence with some friends when the attack took place
Farooqi was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where he died. The weapon used in the attack was a 9mm pistol and the empty bullet shells recovered from the scene of the crime were sent for forensic tests. Investigators said this was the latest member of the Muttahida to fall victim to a targeted attack.
As news of Farooqi’s death spread, tension developed in the whole of the North Nazimabad Town, where unidentified miscreants resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to close their businesses.
Later, activists and leaders of the MQM reached the hospital and staged a protest to demand the arrest of the perpetrators.
The funeral prayer of the deceased took place at the Jamia Masjid in North Nazimabad and he was later buried at the Yaseenabad Graveyard of Azizabad. The situation remained tense in Nazimabad, North Nazimabad and Hyderi Market, where shops stayed closed.
ASWJ activist killed
An activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) was gunned down, while his wife suffered bullet injuries when armed men barged into the Osama Clinic and opened fire at them near Rimsha Morr in New Karachi’s Sector 5-C/1.
Doctor Hanif, 40, and his wife Shazia, 30, were left lying in a pool of blood while the assailants fled from the scene of the crime.
Locals rushed to the victims to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in a critical condition and Dr Hanif died on the way to the medical facility.
A medico-legal officer (MLO) at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said the deceased suffered at least four bullet holes to the upper body.
Meanwhile, the police said that Dr Hanif was a committee member of the Masjid Qadri and an activist of the ASWJ. They added that this was also a targeted attack.
Murder in Quaidabad
In another incident, Shaukat Ali Chandio, 35, was shot dead in the Sherpao Colony of Quaidabad.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Quaidabad Ghulam Nabi said that the victim was the resident of Jumma Gabol Goth in Shah Latif and originated from Larkana in Sindh. On Sunday afternoon, he received a phone call and was asked to come to the aforementioned area.
The victim was waiting to meet the caller when two armed motorcyclists pulled up to the scene, shot him six times in the upper torso and fled. He was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where he breathed his last.
Investigators believed that this was yet another case of target killing, but added that the matter would be investigated from other angles. They added that the mobile phone of the victim was seized and the cops were trying to trace the person who called Chandio to the scene of the crime.
The bullet-riddled body of Mohammed Tariq Jameel, 20, was found lying near the ASF ground in the Airport police remits.
Station House Officer (SHO) Abdul Ghaffar Korai said that a patrolling mobile took the corpse to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for a postmortem.
Investigations found that Jameel was a resident of Sector-4A of Bilal Colony in New Karachi and the student of a Madrassah in Block-2 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The SHO said it remained unclear if the man was kidnapped from another area and killed at the aforementioned place or whether he was gunned down when passing through the area.
Investigators said that this murder also appeared to be a targeted attack.
Meanwhile, two more decomposed bodies of unidentified men were found lying in some bushes near Konkar Nadi in the Gadap City police limits.
SHO Khan Nawaz said that the police reached the spot and found that the hands of the deceased had been tied with ropes and they were blindfolded.
The police shifted the corpses to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for a postmortem, where the medical staff said that the bodies were about a month old. Further examination showed that the victims were killed after being brutally tortured
Caught in the crossfire
An unidentified fisherman, appearing to be in his early twenties, was caught in the crossfire between two Lyari gangster groups in the Machar Colony near Saddam Chowk.
SHO Docks police Asif Ali Jakhrani said that the police received information that there was a clash between two Lyari gangster groups in the Machar Colony. The cops rushed to the spot and found the young fisherman critically wounded.
The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where he died of his injuries. Other fisher folk present at the scene said that unidentified man had probably come to the Machar Colony to buy a fishing net, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, the cops managed to end the raging battle between the gangsters after facing hours of resistance.