— File photo
— File photo

KARACHI: At least five Shia Muslims, including two doctors, were gunned down Monday and three others were injured in different parts of Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police officials said.

City police chief Shahid Hayat confirmed the killings saying five members of the Shia community were shot dead in several districts.

A doctor was shot dead in Manghopir neighbourhood in western district and another was gunned down around noon at Tariq Road in the eastern part of the city.

They were identified by police as Dr Sher Ali and Dr Naseem Zaidi.

“The killing pattern shows that they were apparently carried out on sectarian grounds,” Javed Alam Odho, the deputy inspector general of police told AFP.

The other two victims were killed in central district when unknown attackers burst into a tailor's shop and opened fire.

The owner and a worker were killed and three others were injured.

“The attack seemed to be on sectarian lines as all of the people inside the shop were Shias,” senior police officer Aamir Farooqi said.

The fifth killing took place in Gulshane Iqbal town where a Shia youth was shot dead by gunmen riding a motorbike, Pir Mohammad Shah, a senior police officer told AFP.

Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), an alliance of Shia Muslim groups held protest rallies and sit-ins in different parts of Karachi to condemn the killings.

The latest attacks came ahead of the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Moharram, when Shias mourn the seventh century martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of prophet Mohammad (PBUH), along with his family members.

Shias make up around a fifth of Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Police are already carrying out operations against criminal groups to curb sectarian and political killings.

Security would be further tightened in the month of Moharram, they said.

“We are already carrying out the operation against sectarian and other elements and we would certainly intensify our efforts during the coming days,”Odho said.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

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Ahmer
Nov 04, 2013 06:58pm

Why don't the ulema speak up against such dastradly acts.

Mashman
Nov 04, 2013 07:44pm

Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench.

Bkh
Nov 04, 2013 07:49pm

Disgraceful conduct of the Sunni religious fanatics. It takes thirty years to produce a doctor to care for the community

Kabir
Nov 04, 2013 08:00pm

Where are Munawar Hassan and Imran Khan who are very furious on the killing of Hakim ullah Mehsud

Aashish
Nov 04, 2013 08:10pm

A doctor works for humanity & religion comes secondary as he is for the welfare of all, pitty & shame on the situation in Pakistan.

Danish R
Nov 04, 2013 08:57pm

JI declared Mehsud as martyr today, in that case those innocent doctors serving the nation should be declared as terrorists. No?

Ammar
Nov 04, 2013 09:51pm

To all the champions of morality who were crying foul over the killing of Mehsud - one of the most notorious terrorists of our time, are these the people you want to have "peace talks" with? What is your plan? Will you politely request " please don't kill innocent people" and they will comply because that is the cue they had been waiting for all along. Right now it is Shias and religious minorities, the next step is all peace loving Sunnis. In the eyes of these terrorists we all deserve to die. Don't be mistaken like our PM who believes these people are just "misguided and confused elements of society". They are murderers who need to be punished for crimes against humanity.

Syed
Nov 05, 2013 08:26pm

It is utter rubbish... I feel disgusted to see people actually think that hikmatullah deserve the noble status of shahadat ... It reflects their poor understanding on the concept of shahadat. A man who killed many innocent people, who has no mercy on innocent people deserve only help and he should be treated as a terrorist, a criminal... If today our people make him a hero than many more will follow his footsteps and the killing of innocent people will never stop.. these shias who died today were innocent people, they are the ones who should get the status of shahadat instead of hikmatullah...

sherie
Nov 05, 2013 09:50pm

about time Pakistan's clerics declared that anyone who kills in the name of God or prophet or anything holy in our country is not a muslim.

muhibbewatan
Nov 06, 2013 02:03am

What happened to all the teachings of Islam that we Muslims proudly trumpet day-in and day-out? The world starts wondering about our religion no sooner they hear about this kind of in-fighting among Muslims. Tolerance and pluralism seem to have been taken over by hatred and discrimination (and surprisingly condoned by the authorities by lack of appropriate action every single time), which clearly demonstrates a pathetic picture of the mind-set of the vast majority of the Pakistani population, including the members of the administration who have moral responsibility towards each citizen for his/her safety and well-being.