KARACHI, Dec 8: A former union council nazim and activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was gunned down in Nazimabad on Saturday, police said.

The officials added that 42-year-old Intisar Alvi was targeted at a roadside restaurant in the Jehangirabad area within the remit of the Rizvia police station.

As the investigation was under way, the police were not yet clear if the motive for the targeted attack was sectarian or political.

“There are different eyewitness accounts and we are investigating each of them,” said Rustam Khattak, the area’s deputy superintendent of police.

“A couple of people saw only two attackers riding a motorbike, while a few others said there were four men riding two motorbikes.”

The officer said that one of the riders got off the bike and fired at Mr Alvi before fleeing.

The victim sustained three bullet wounds and died on the spot, the police said.

“While it’s definitely a targeted attack, investigations are in a very early phase and it will not be appropriate to rely on speculation,” said DSP Khattak.

Backed by the MQM, he was elected UC Nazim in the non-party local government elections in 2005, the police said. They added that the victim was a resident of Peetal Gali near Gulbahar.

‘Family feud’ claims life

A young man was shot dead in Gulshan-i-Maymar, police said.

They added that 37-year-old Ali Gul Brohi was buying cigarettes from a roadside stall near Chawal Godam, off the Superhighway, when two men riding a motorbike pulled up and one of them fired at him.

“The victim originally hailed from Qambar-Shahdadkot and was residing in Essa Brohi Goth in Gadap Town,” said an official at the Gulshan-i-Maymar police station. “The killing is part of an old family feud,” he said.

Bodies found

The bodies of two yound men were found in different areas on Saturday, police said.

An official at the Malir Cantt police station said that a man wearing black shalwar kameez was found shot dead on a link road connecting Saadi Town with Malir Cantt.

The body of another young man was found near a government primary school in the Ramswami area within the remit of the Nabi Bukhsh police station.