Breaking News: Target killing attempt by dogs
Following an attempt on my life today, I have registered an FIR at the Clinton Thana:
a. Report Number;
b. Date and time of report;
29 October 2012; 10AM
c. Complainant/informant’s name and residence;
Vaqar Ahmed, Seventh Heaven Apartments, Clinton Karachi.
d. Provision of Penal Code applicable to the offence;
PPC 324 (attempted murder)
e. Site of occurrence of offence;
Seaview Beach, Clinton, Karachi
f. Name of the accused, if known/or suspect;
Dogs: One female and three males. Names unknown.
Humans: Names Unknown
Report (taken down by SHO, Clinton Thana):
The complainant appeared at the Police Station in a miserable condition. His clothes were covered in sand and he had difficulty in talking, his mouth was full of sand that he was constantly trying to spit out. He was incoherent and cursing under his breath. His kurta was torn. Since he clearly appeared an anti social element he was immediately put under arrest for disturbing public order and uttering obscenities (Sections 506 and 526 of the PPC). Upon search, a tube containing explosive material (nitroglycerine) was found on him. Thus the additional charge of terrorism was added to the list of offenses. At this point IB, MI and ISI were promptly informed.
Upon rigorous questioning by a joint team of intelligence agencies it transpired that the man was a part time photographer and journalist. He claimed that he was not a criminal and on the contrary a victim of a vicious attempt on his life. The nitroglycerine tube was an inhaler for emergency treatment (he had a heart problem) in case of a heart attack.
According to the complainant (referred to as “Uncle” due to his advanced age) he was taking his usual morning walk on the Seaview beach when he saw a notice on the fence of the adjoining park that declared four categories of evildoers who would be sent directly to hell without any trial. One of the categories was “Photographers”.
He did not pay heed to the warning and continued on to the beach, taking pictures as he walked along. Suddenly, he heard the bark of a pack of dogs: four dogs were heading in his direction at breakneck speed. Since dogs in public places are usually meek, he tried to shoo them away. Somehow this did not work and the dogs, led by a she dog, kept coming at him. He picked up a piece of metal (which unfortunately turned out to be a piece of painted foam) and used it as a weapon but of no avail.
Seeing no escape, he tried to run away from the scene. Sensing victory, the assailants pounced on him and managed to rip a piece of his fancy Khaadi kurta. He fell flat on his face while his camera took off and landed up in the sand somewhere.
The camera was followed by his glasses and his cell phone that flew away somewhere on the beach. The cell phone further split into two parts thereby complicating the matter. For reasons unknown to him, the team of assassin dogs did not attack him any further, the probable reason being that they had eaten enough meat leftover from the BaqrEid from the garbage dump. After checking that all his body parts were still attached he got up gingerly, collected his belonging strewn in the sand and made his way back to safety and to the Thana.
He is maintaining that this was a case of target killing attempt against photographers and the dogs were under the command and control of the extremists who had written the warning sign. He further pointed out that the day earlier the Maulvi delivering the Eid khutba had spoken against putting any pictures in a house, as angels did not enter where there were pictures of man or beast. This indicates that an organised group of picture hating clerics could have formed a clandestine group aimed at eliminating photographers.
Uncle also pointed out that there was a shoe near the crime scene that could have belonged to an earlier victim.
He stated that if action were not taken within two days the matter would be taken to the Supreme Court requesting SuoMoto action.
The complainant has also demanded an armed escort, a mobile emergency ambulance and KMC dog catchers on his future walks to the beach.
Recorder: Chaudary Karam Dad, SHO ___________________________
Complainant: Vaqar Ahmed Alias Uncle ___________________________
The author is an engineer turned part-time journalist who likes to hang out at unfashionable places like shrines, railway stations and bus stops.
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