KARACHI: Four Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) activists were among the eight people gunned down in the city on Monday, the police said. The four ASWJ activists, all of them brothers, were gunned down at Disco Morr near Noman Masjid.
Police said Syed Salman Ahmed, Abdul Hafiz, Abdul Muqeem and Abdul Fareed were travelling in a car when four men riding on two motorcycles sprayed them with bullets. The injured were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries. The police found 9mm pistol bullet casings at the crime scene.
After the attack, violence broke out in North Karachi as some men fired gunshots in the air and forced shopkeepers to pull down shutters. Police investigators believed that the attack was sectarian in nature. They said the four brothers ran a coaching centre on the Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.
Meanwhile, a Karachi Port Trust (KPT) officer was shot dead near the Jauhar Chowrangi traffic signal in the evening. Sharea Faisal SHO Basheer Khan said 40-year-old Khalid Afzal Hashim, who resided in Block-II of Gulistan-e-Jauhar, was heading home in his car when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him.
Khalid Afzal Hashim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where he was pronounced dead. The police officer said the victim had suffered a single bullet wound to his upper torso. “The police were unable to find a bullet casing at the spot.”
The SHO said it was premature to establish the motive behind the murder. “However, there are reports that Hashim was killed while resisting a robbery attempt,” said the police official.Meanwhile, a man was gunned down and his two brothers injured at their house in Jaffar Tayyar Society, Malir City.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Rao Mohammed Iqbal of the Malir City Division said 24-year-old Syed Shoaib Raza was shot dead while trying to save his brother Syed Mohsin Raza.In his statement, Mohsin told the police that somebody rang the door bell in the morning and he went to the gate along with his brother Shoaib. When he opened the gate, a man holding a pistol tried to shoot him. But Shoaib got shot while trying to save his brother. Mohsin and his other younger brother, Syed Hassan Raza, tried to get hold of the assailant. But he fired again, this time injuring Hassan, and escaped.
The three men were taken to the JPMC, where Shoaib expired. The police officer said a TT pistol was used in the crime. “The target of the assailant might have been Mohsin, who works at the Pakistan International Airline’s engineering department.” Iqbal said the murder appeared to be sectarian in nature.
Later, the Jafaria Alliance staged a protest and demanded the immediate arrest of the killers. Shoaib was buried at a graveyard in the area.
An alleged gangster was killed in a police encounter in Shanti Nagar in the wee hours of the day. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Nasir Lodhi of the New Town Division said a raid was conducted in the area following a tip-off about the presence of some gangsters there. “When the police entered Gali 17 of Shanti Nagar, the gangsters opened fire on them. The police fired back and managed to arrest Abdul Shakoor alias Chikor in an injured condition. However, his associates managed to escape.” The alleged gangster was taken to the JPMC, where he was pronounced dead.
The police seized a Kalashnikov, two hand-grenades, two TT pistols and hundreds of bullets. Lodhi said Shakoor was wanted by the police in more than 30 cases of murder, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and other crimes.
A Mazda driver was killed at his workplace near the Old Duty Free shop on Sharea Faisal. Ferozabad SHO Jehanzeb Khan said Farhad Khan, a resident of Umer Colony, Nursery, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle. He was taken to the JPMC, where he breathed his last.The SHO said a few months ago Farhad had eloped with a girl from Peshawar to Karachi and that could have been the motive behind the murder.