At least 11 people, including two activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and a navy officer, were gunned down, while a couple was murdered and the body of a woman was found in different parts of the city on Saturday.
Shahzad Memon was fired upon and seriously injured near Yadgaar Fish House in Jamshed Quarters police limits in the wee hours of Saturday. He was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where he expired during treatment.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Qasir Ali Shah said that two armed men, riding a motorcycle, targeted Memon while he was standing near Yadgaar Fish House. He received seven bullet wounds on various parts of his body. Police seized empty shells of 9mm pistol from the spot for forensic test.
Shahzad Memon was a supporter of a political party, as police termed his murder a part of target killing.
Syed Faisal Jamal, 35, was targeted near Town Office, Orangi Town, Sector-12, at about 10:15am. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in a critical condition where he breathed his last.
SDPO Rustam Nawaz said that the deceased received multiple bullet wounds from 9mm pistol on various parts of his body. Faisal Jamal was a resident of Chisti Nagar and an employee of Sindh High Court Bar Association.
He was heading for his office on motorcycle in the morning when two bike riders intercepted him and sprayed him bullets. The deceased was an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Unit-118 and a nephew of MPA Manzer Imam. Police described his murder as target killing.
After the incident, tension gripped the area as armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the shopkeepers to pull down shutters. The MQM activists and leaders also lodged a strong protest and demand immediate arrest of the killers.
Unidentified armed men killed 65-year-old Jamshed near Nazimabad Bridge No-IV in the afternoon. His body was shifted to ASH for autopsy.
According to SDPO Shahid Abbas, the deceased was an Incharge of Baqai Nursing Institute which he had joined seven months ago. He was leaving for home in the afternoon and when he reached near Nazimabad Bridge unidentified men fired at him and a single bullet pierced into his chest that caused his instant death.
He was a retired Pak Navy lieutenant and residing Phase-VII, DHA.
However, police could not find any empty shell of the fire arm.
Shakeel Farooqi was targeted near Safoora Chowk in Gulistan-i-Jauhar police remits in the late night. He was rushed to the JPMC where he was pronounced dead.
Shakeel Farooqi was residing in Rizwan Centre and also running his estate agency there.
SDPO Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal said that the deceased had gone to the said place to meet his friend when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, appeared there and sprayed him with 9mm pistol bullets. He received five bullet wounds on his upper torso.
Shakeel Farooqi was an activist of MQM, as the police termed his murder a part of target killing.
After the incident, tension gripped the area where armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced the traders to close their businesses, while the party activists and leadership lodged protest and demanded immediate arrest of the killers.
In yet another attack armed men killed Lal Mohammed (20) and Zahid Baloch in Baloch Goth near Manghopir Road in Orangi Town police limits late night. They were taken to ASH where they were pronounced dead.
According to SDPO Rustam Nawaz, the deceased were sitting outside their houses when two bike riders pulled up there and opened fire on Zahid and Lal Mohammed. Both the deceased died of a single bullet that first crossed into the head of Zahid and later pierced into the chest of Lal Mohammed. Police termed this double murder a part of target killing.
Meanwhile, a police van came under attack in Shah Faisal Colony area in which Constable Ghulam Raza and a Pak Navy official Kamran Ali were killed. Shah Faisal Colony police had conducted a raid in Natha Khan Goth area late night to arrest drug pushers.
Upon seeing the police, the suspects opened indiscriminate fire and an encounter ensued in which two policemen and a passerby Kamran Ali sustained injuries, as the police had to call more force.
The injured were moved to JPMC where Constable Raza and Kamran Ali succumbed to their injuries, while another policeman was being given treatment. Kamran Ali was an official in Pak Navy and residing in the same area. He hailed from Punjab. Constable Raza was a resident of Shah Faisal Colony. Police operation was continuing in the area till the filing of this report. The bullet-riddled body of Syed Abu Turab Haider (25) was recovered from bushes in Samoo Goth, Memon Goth police limits. The body was moved to ASH for postmortem.
According to SHO Rao Mohammed Khalid, the deceased had left home for some work on Friday night but did not return. He was apparently abducted by unidentified criminals who tortured him to death and threw his body in the area. Haider was a resident of Jaffar-e-Tayyar Society.
He received three bullets on different parts of his body. Police were investigating as to whether he was targeted or murdered in some enmity.
Two trailers were fired upon in the wee hours in Landhi No-4, Awami Colony police limits, as a result driver Fateh Sher was killed while Hazrat Khan was injured.
SDPO Mirza Abdul Majeed said that the trailers were driven by Fateh Sher and Hazrat Khan and they were heading for Quetta. Unidentified armed men, driving a car, came across the trailers and opened indiscriminate fire, killing both the drivers.
Police seized empty casings of 9mm pistol from the scene. Deceased Fateh Sher was a resident of Gulshan-i-Hadeed, while Hazrat Khan was residing in Azam Basit.
Jumman Shah and his wife Nida were shot dead inside a house in a Katchi Abadi in Khokharapar No-4. SDPO Imdad Ali Solangi said that the deceased couple was sleeping when unidentified armed men barged into their house and shot them dead. Their bodies were moved to JPMC for autopsy.
The couple had two sons and a daughter who told the police that their parents had a dispute with their maternal uncles residing in Chaman Colony and they had indulged in hot argument on Friday. They, however, said that they did not see anybody killing their parents.
Police apprehended that the murder of the couple seem to be a result of old enmity originating from their native area in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.
The body of a woman was recovered from mud in Sikander Goth in Sachal police remits. It was shifted to ASH where the lady MLO said that the deceased was strangulated and the body was about 15 days old.