KARACHI, April 8: While police were on high alert and a ban was imposed on pillion riding in the city, there was no let-up in targeted killings on Sunday, when at least three people were shot dead by gunmen riding motorbikes in different areas.
A 42-year-old man was killed and two workers of the Pakistan People’s Party were wounded in separate incidents of firing in Orangi Town.
Ibrahim Mehroz Khan was returning home early Sunday morning when he was gunned down at Frontier Morr, said a duty officer at the Pirabad police station.
He said gunmen riding a motorbike fired at him and sped away. The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
The body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and handed over to the victim’s family after medico-legal formalities, said the official.
He was a resident of Pareshan Chowk in the Mominabad area.
Shortly afterwards, two workers of the Pakistan People’s Party were targeted within the remit of the Pirabad police station. District West PPP general secretary Siddique Akbar and his associate Haroon were wounded in the attack near Kati Pahari.
Both sustained multiple bullet wounds and were shifted to a private hospital, police said.
The official quoted party sources as saying that Akbar was also the chairman of the party’s district west Zakat committee.
Just a couple of days back, three senior workers of the PPP were killed in Orangi Town.
In Nazimabad No 2, a young man was shot dead near Inquiry Office after being kidnapped, police said.
Four men riding two motorbikes brought a hostage with them near Zia-ul-Haq School and fired multiple shots at him before speeding away, said SP Liaquatabad Division Noman Siddiqui.
Police said the body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Another young man was killed near old Sabzi Mandi over what police described as personal enmity.
Shakeelur Rehman, 26, was returning home when he was targeted by gunmen riding a motorbike, police said.
They added that the victim worked as a munshi at a rickshaw stand.
The police quoted the victim’s family as saying that he had personal enmity with his cousins.
A case (FIR 92/2012) was registered at the PIB police station under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the victim’s paternal cousins on a complaint of his father, Qareebur Rehman.