KARACHI, Aug 23: Two workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party were shot dead in what police described as an act of targeted killing in an Orangi Town locality on Friday evening, police said.
They said that Mohammad Naseem, 48, and Farman aka Khurram were sitting at Essa Hotel in Orangi Town’s Sector-9-E when two armed motorcyclists targeted them and rode away.
The wounded were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.
SSP-West Asif Ejaz Sheikh said that the victims were activists of the PPP and it appeared to be a case of targeted killing.
Orangi Town SHO Ghulam Nabi Afridi said that victim Naseem was the president of the UC-11 of the PPP’s organizational structure.
He said both the victims had actively worked in the Thursday by-election on a provincial assembly seat (PS-95) in the area.
Three found shot dead in Mochko
Bodies of three young men, stuffed in gunny bags, were found in the Mochko area on Friday morning, police said.
They said that the victims were shot multiple times and the bodies bore torture marks.
The police said that the bodies were found along the Northern Bypass near the Naval Colony Bridge.
They were identified as Abdul Razzak, 35, Aslam Murad and Irfan Ali.
Mochko SHO Liaquat Ali said that the victims were kidnapped, tortured and shot dead before their bodies were dumped in the area.
He said Mr Razzak was an employee of the Karachi Electric Supply Company. All the three victims were resident of Saeedabad.
Mr Razzak’s family told the police that they would lodge an FIR after his burial.
SSP-West Asif Ejaz Sheikh told Dawn that the motive for the triple murder could not be ascertained immediately.
He said one of the victims was badly tortured and all of them were shot three times each.
School principal**** killed in Orangi
The principal of a private school was gunned down in Orangi Town on Friday.
Police said that Abdul Mateen, 62, was walking to his school in Aligarh Colony from his Frontier Colony house when two armed motorcyclists fired at him and escaped.
The wounded was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The area SHO claimed that the murder could be the outcome of some personal enmity.
Killing in PIB Colony
A suspected drug peddler was shot dead in PIB Colony on Friday.
Police said Ghulam Sabir alias Pappu Pathan, 28, was targeted outside his residence in Liaquat Basti. He sustained multiple bullet wounds and died before any medical aid could be provided to him.
The police claimed that the victim was a drug peddler and had been arrested many times in the recent past.
Tortured to death
The body of a unidentified young man was found in the Napier area.
Police said that the man, who was in his early-20s, was found murdered on Siddiq Wahab Road.
The body bore torture marks. It was shifted to the Edhi morgue for identification.
Youth wounded in ‘sectarian’ attack dies
A young man who had been wounded critically in an armed attack in North Nazimabad recently died on Friday, police and family sources said.
They said that Abbas Arif, 25, was targeted by armed riders near the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium when he was travelling in a car on Tuesday. He sustained a single bullet to the head and was admitted to a private hospital where he died on Friday.
They added that he was studying business administration and also worked in a private firm.
SSP-Central Amir Farooqi told Dawn that initially the police attributed the attack to extortion as a chit demanding protection money was found in his pocket.
However, he said it emerged later that the owner of the factory had got the extortion chit around three months ago.
The SSP said that now investigators were focusing whether the attack was motivated by sectarian reasons.
He said the victim lived in an area where sectarian militants had some influence.
He said that a passer-by woman had witnessed the incident and the police were trying to locate her.