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KARACHI, Oct 20: A young worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, hailing from Mansehra, was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday, police officials said.

They said armed riders targeted 30-year-old Muhammad Aqeel in Korangi 2½ when he was sitting with friends during load-shedding hours in the area.

The police said the attackers fired multiple bullets with a 9mm pistol, killing Aqeel on the spot.

“He was attacked near the W-22 bus stand,” said Inspector Liaquat Ali, the SHO of the Zaman Town police station.

“He was hit by two bullets each in the chest and head. The victim originally hailed from Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was associated with the Muttahida Organising Committee.”

The police suspected the political association of the victim as the motive for his killing. They registered an FIR (545/2012) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unidentified suspects on a complaint of the victim’s elder brother.

Young man found dead

In PECHS, the police found the body of a young man wrapped in a blanket along Shahrah-i-Quaideen. The officials said the victim, appearing to be in his early 20s, was hit by a single bullet in the head.

“The victim was wearing shalwar kameez,” said an official at the Ferozabad police station.

“There were also signs of strangulation and torture on his body. The murder seemed to be linked with some personal issue.”