KARACHI, Aug 7: An activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was shot dead outside his house in Lines Area on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
They added that Mohammad Ali, 35, was asleep on a charpoy in a narrow lane behind the Jacob Lines technical school when he was killed within the remit of the Brigade police station.
The attackers had parked their motorcycle at Tauheed Chowk and walked up to him, said Brigade SHO Humyun Khan, adding that they escapede after killing him. Later, he said, people rushed to the scene and found the victim lying in a pool of blood.
Subsequently, they informed the police who reached the crime scene and shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. A large number of MQM activists also reached the hospital after learning about the killing.
The victim was said to be sa joint-in-charge of unit 53, the police said, adding that he owned a compressor shop in the Lines Area.
Tension gripped the locality following the murder.
SBP man murdered
Earlier on Tuesday morning, an employee of the State Bank of Pakistan heading to work was shot dead near his house in Shershah, said police.
They added that two schoolgirls were also wounded in the firing but their condition was said to be stable.
The police said Khadim Shah, 55, was targeted on Jinnah Road within the remit of the Shershah police station. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died before he could be taken to hospital.
Two girls going to school were also wounded in the firing, said SSP-West Amir Farooqui. They were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where they were provided treatment. Both were stated to be in a stable condition, the police added.
The police shifted the victim’s body to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
SSP Farooqui said that the victim was a grade 1 employee at the SBP and hailed from Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Initially, the police believed that personal enmity was the motive for the murder, but the SSP West said that they had come across some clues to the killing showing that personal dispute was not the motive.
Investigations were under way to find the exact reason for the murder, the police said.
Man found shot dead
An unidentified man was found shot dead off the Northern Bypass within the remit of the Surjani Town police station on Tuesday, said police.
They added the victim was trussed up and had been subjected to severe torture before being shot in the head.
The police believed that the victim had been kidnapped somewhere else and his body was dumped at the scene after the murder.
The body was later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Woman strangled to death
The body of an unidentified woman was found near a restaurant, off the Superhighway, early Tuesday morning, police said.
They added that the victim, in her mid-40s, had been strangled to death with a dupatta. The body was found near Malik Agha Hotel.
After medico-legal formalities at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, the police shifted the body to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.
Two killed in accidents
A woman was killed and her husband injured when a fast-moving coach hit them on Mai Kolachi Road within the remit of the Jackson police station.
The police said that Shabnam, 22, and her husband, Akhtar Ali, were riding a motorcycle when the coach knocked them down.
While the coach driver managed to escape following the incident, the police impounded the vehicle.
In another accident, a motorcyclist died after a fast-moving truck hit him near Ghani Chowrangi within the remit of the Site-B police station.
Saqib, 35, son of Shafeeq, was seriously injured in the accident, the police said, adding he died during treatment at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The people caught the fleeing driver and handed over him to the police.