KARACHI, July 17: A young member of the Punjabi-Pakhtun Ittehad organising committee was shot dead at a shop within the remit of the Al-Falah police station, Malir, on Sunday, officials said.
They added that Wali Mohammad Aryan, 33, was having a haircut in the Kehkashan Society when some armed men barged into the barber shop and shot him dead before fleeing.
The victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A senior police officer of the Al-Falah police station requesting anonymity told Dawn that the killing seemed to be a result of some rivalry between the PPI and its student wing.
Driver shot dead
A trawler driver was killed in what police described as an armed robbery bid on the Northern Bypass on Sunday evening.
“Drivers Mohammad Ilyas and Mohammad Riaz were replacing a punctured tyre of their truck on the bypass near Swat Hotel when two young men riding a motorcycle arrived there and demanded cash at gunpoint,” said a duty officer of the Surjani Town police station.
The official quoted Mohammad Riaz as saying that Ilyas attempted to overpower one of the suspects, who fired shots at him and managed to flee.
The police said the wounded driver was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An FIR (402/2011) was later registered under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint of Mohammad Riaz at the Surjani Town police station.
Trader gunned down
A trader dealing in sales of motorcycles on installments was gunned down inside his shop in a Gulistan-i-Jauhar area in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
“Yousuf Khan was sitting at his shop, situated near the Met Office, where armed persons came and shot him dead,” said an official of the Mobina Town police station. The police said that the suspects managed to flee.
Young man killed
On Mai Kolachi Road, a young man was killed in an attack on his car, an official of the Jackson police station said.
The police said that 25-year-old Zaran Ghazali, son of Ghulam Rasool Ghazali, was heading in his car on Mai Kolachi Road when unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at him.
The victim was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police later registered an FIR (400/2011) under Section 302 and 34 (common intention) of the PPC.
Meanwhile, most localities of Baldia and Lyari towns remained tense after a night of violence that left at least three activists of the Pakistan People’s Party dead.
The three PPP workers were targeted in a Baldia area just a few hours after the Saturday night attack on PPP leader Amir Shah’s car in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of district east.
He and along with his associate was seriously injured in the attack and died at a hospital during treatment.
Police and PPP sources on Sunday identified the three men killed in Baldia violence as Zahid Baloch, Sajid and Jehanzeb.
They were sitting near the football stadium in Sector 8 of Baldia Town when they were attacked by two armed men riding a motorbike, the police said.
“It seems that both the riders fired gunshots,” said an official of the Baldia Town police station. He added that the victims suffered multiple wounds and were rushed to the civil hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
A police identity card was recovered from the possession of Sajid, indicating that he was a policeman.
Karachi division information secretary of the PPP Latif Mughal confirmed to Dawn that all the three persons who had been killed in the Baldia Town in the early hours of Sunday were PPP workers.
An elderly man died due to profuse bleeding from a gunshot wound after he managed to drive his car up to a traffic police kiosk on the National Highway within the remit of the Steel Town police station.
The police said that 80-year-old Sachal Shah was president of the Sindh Syed Welfare Association.
The police were unaware about the place where the victim had been attacked though they said he was apparently targeted somewhere on the highway. They said the victim, a retired officer of the Pakistan Steel, was apparently returning home in Gulshan-i-Hadeed from Thatta where he had some land.
The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.