KARACHI, April 10: Four men, including a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, were gunned down in a renewed wave of targeted killings in the city on Sunday, police said. All the four men were killed in the city’s defunct east district.
The police said that two men were found shot dead at a desolate place in Gulistan-i-Jauhar in the early hours of Sunday.
Although the motive behind the murder was not yet clear to the police, they suspected that it was a targeted killing.
Gulistan-i-Jauhar SHO Asif Jakhrani said that unknown persons had brought the two men at a hillock in Block 3 and fired a volley of bullets on them.
The two victims were identified as 28-year-old Shera and 20-year-old Atiquz Zaman, both of them hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The police said the victims had no affiliation with any political party.
They said that the two men had left their home in Madina Colony on Saturday evening on a motorcycle.
But it was unclear that when and where they were kidnapped, the police said.
The bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination. Both the men sustained multiple bullet wounds and the police found spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol from the crime-scene.
A case (FIR 240/2011) was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (with common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Fakhuruddin against unidentified persons at the Gulistan-i-Jauhar police station.
An activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Sunday, police said.
They said that 27-year-old Mohammad Azam was called out from his Gulshan-i-Iqbal residence by someone and later he was shot near an area milk shop.
Quoting family sources, Gulshan SHO Kansan Dean said that Azam went out of his house when some-one called him on his cellphone.
“At a distance of 50 to 100 yards from his house in Block 13-D, two assailants riding a motorcycle emerged in the commercial area and fired at him and fled.”
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Later, the body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
The area SHO said that the victim was a worker of the MQM.
Tension and panic gripped the locality following the killing of the MQM man.
An FIR pertaining to the killing was lodged at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal police station.
Meanwhile, a middle-aged man was killed by unknown persons on Rashid Minhas Road in the small hours of Sunday.
Police said that the incident occurred within the remit of the Sharea Faisal police station near a departmental store.
Sharea Faisal SHO Sohail Sulari said that 55-year-old Abdul Wahid, who worked at a tea stall, New Muslim Quetta hotel, on Rashid Minhas Road.
He said that two armed men riding a motorcycle came to the tea stall at 2.30am and opened fire on Wahid. He was rushed to the JPMC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
An FIR pertaining to the incident was yet to be lodged as the family members told police that they would lodge the FIR following the burial of the victim, the police said.