KARACHI, May 17: Four people, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and two workers of the Sunni Tehrik, were gunned down in the city as the law-enforcers apparently remained unable to stem the renewed wave of targeted killings on a third consecutive day.
Gun attacks in different pockets of the metropolis had claimed 16 lives on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lines Area, Jutland Lines and adjoining localities remained tense on Thursday following the killing of the MQM Unit 197 activist who had gone missing on Wednesday night.
A gunny bag containing the body was found in a garbage dump near a private technical school in Lines Area, said an official at the Brigade police station. He added that the victim was identified as Shafiq, 24, son of Hanif, a resident of Jutland Lines.
The official said that the police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. After medico-legal formalities, the body was handed over to the victim’s family.
Brigade SHO Humayun Khan said that Shafiq worked as a technician at a private heart hospital in Federal B Area. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen.
As soon as the news about the killing spread, tension gripped Lines Area, Jutland Lines and adjoining localities with sudden closure of markets.
While no case of the murder had been lodged at the police station till the evening, the police believed personal enmity as a possible motive for the killing.
Within a few hours, two activists of the Sunni Tehrik were shot dead within the remit of the Ferozabad police station.
Officials said that Shahbaz aka Shazee, 19, was shot at by armed motorbike riders in front of his home near Noorani Kabab House in PECHS Block 2.
They added that the victim sustained two gunshot wounds and died on the spot. For a post-mortem examination, the body was shifted to the JPMC, where a large number of ST workers reached and raised slogans over the killing.
The police investigators said that Shahbaz lived in the same street that housed the residence of the slain ST chief Abbas Qadri.
After sunset, a gunny bag containing the body of another ST worker was dumped on a roadside from a moving car in the same area, the police said.
The officials added 28-year-old Armaghan Qadri, son of Younis Qadri, was a resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar.
Ferozabad SHO Ejaz Khwaja said that the victim had been missing since Thursday morning. He sustained five gunshot wounds.
The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities and then handed over to the victim’s family.
ST spokesman Fahim Sheikh said that both the victims were active workers of the party’s Lines Area sector. Condemning the incidents, he said that Armaghan was the second party activist killed within a few hours within the remit of the Ferozabad police station.
He demanded that the government ensure arrest of those involved in the killing of ST workers.
Man killed in Baldia
A young resident of Baldia was shot dead on Thursday night near a bus stop in Nawab Colony, said an official at the Mochko police station.
Nauroz, 28, son of Wali Rehman Mehsud, was attacked by gunmen riding a motorbike. He sustained two bullet wounds and died on the spot, while the riders sped away.
Resident of Baldia Sector 12-F, Nauroz originally hailed from Waziristan and had arrived here only a month ago.
The police shifted the body to Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities. They suspected that the killing could be a result of some personal enmity.
Following the autopsy, the body was handed over to heirs of the victim.
A 23-year-old man committed suicide in a guest house near Malang Hotel, said a duty officer of the Site-A police station.
Abdullah, son of Noor Mohammad, was staying at the guest house and found hanging from the ceiling fan with a telephone wire.
The police said the victim had checked in only a day back.The guest house staff told the police that he hailed from Swat and had come to the metropolis in search of a job.