14 fall victim to violence in city
KARACHI, Feb 7: The second day of the Supreme Court hearing on Karachi’s law and order situation had little effect on the city situation where as many as 14 people, including a doctor and a policeman, were gunned down in separate acts of violence throughout the day.
A doctor was gunned down in front of his clinic in North Nazimabad on Thursday.
Police said the incident took place in Block-H North Nazimabad outside ‘Abid Clinic’ located near Usmania Masjid, where two unknown suspects shot Dr Mirza Abid Baig, 56, who was walking to his clinic after coming out of his car.
“He suffered three gunshot wounds, two in the head and one in the back. A 9mm pistol was used in the shooting,” SP-North Nazimabad Khurram Waris told Dawn.
The victim was rushed to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Later, police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities.
The two suspects escaped the scene following the shooting, the police said.
“The killing seems to be a sectarian slaying,” SP Khurram Waris said.
A spokesman for the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Maulana Akbar Saeed Farooqui, claimed that the slain Dr Baig was a close sympathiser of their party.
As many as two doctors have been gunned down so far this year. On Jan 23, Dr Syed Hasan Alam and on Feb 2 Dr Ismail Suria were gunned down in North Karachi and Husainabad, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Sindh condemned the killing of another doctor on Thursday along with many other people in the city.
In a statement, PMA Sindh president Dr Samrina Hashmi said: “We can only condemn the killing of Dr Mirza Abid Baig as there is no government and law in the province of Sindh.”
Policeman gunned down
A policeman was gunned down by unknown suspects in Mochko area on Thursday.
Police said the incident took place near Jhangvi Chowk in the remits of Mochko police station where unknown suspects riding a motorcycle targeted police constable Ghulam Abbas who was performing duty with the election staff.
A spokesman for the Sindh police, SSP Imran Shaukat, said Ghulam Abbas was performing election duties along with the assistant presiding officer in the area.
The suspects fled after the shooting. The victim was rushed to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Youth shot dead
A young man sitting in a sanitary shop was gunned down by unknown suspects in the Gulbahar area on Thursday morning.
Police said the incident took place in the Golimar area in the sanitary market within the remit of Gulbahar police station where unknown suspects riding a motorcycle targeted Amjad-ur-Rehman who was sitting in the shop.
The wounded victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The police said the victim was a mason. However, the police were not sure about motive for the killing.
Shortly after, not far from the scene of the first killing, another man was gunned by unknown suspects in Peetal Gali within the remit of the Rizvia police station.
Police said the suspects targeted Mohammad Waseem Siddiqui, 40. Police said the victim died before he could be taken to hospital.
Later, the police shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Police said initial information suggested that the victim was a supporter of the Ahle Sunaat Wal Jammat.
Two brothers shot dead
Two brothers were shot dead on Hawkesbay Road on Thursday.
Police said the shooting took place at a hotel where unknown suspects riding a motorbike opened fire on the two youngsters. They were later identified as Arshad and Rashid, both brothers and resident of the same area.
They were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi but they died on the way, the police said. The police were not sure about the motive for the killing.
A young man was shot dead by unknown suspects at a traffic signal in Soldier Bazaar on Thursday morning.
Police said the incident took place at Albela Chowk where Mohammad Zeeshan Baloch, 27, riding a motorcycle had stopped at the traffic light when two suspects also riding a bike shot him from a close range and fled.
The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
Police said that victim was resident of Firdos Colony and employed at a shipping company.
The body of a young man was found in the old city area of Timber Market on Thursday morning.
Police said that body was found from Timber Market in the remits of Napier police station.
The victim was identified as Mohammad Asim, 28, a resident of Gulbahar. He had been shot in the head, police said.
He was apparently killed after being kidnapped by unknown persons.
An unidentified body of a young man was found in Malir, Khokhrapar.
A duty officer of the Khokhrapar police station said that unidentified body was found near the wall of the military dairy farm.
The victim had been shot in the head, the duty officer said. Police shifted the body to the JPMC for legal formalities. The victim was in mid 20’s police said.
A watchman of a poultry farm was gunned down by unknown suspects in Bin Qasim area on Thursday morning.
Police said the incident took place in the Illyas Goth in the remits of Ibrahim Hydri police station where unknown suspects shot dead Jan Mohammad who was on duty at a poultry farm.
The victim was resident of the same area and father of two, police said.
The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for legal formalities.
Man & nephew found dead
Bodies of a man and his nephew were found from outside Karachi Zoological Garden in the early hours of Thursday.
Police said that bodies were stuffed in gunny bags and had been kept in an auto-rickshaw. The tri-wheeler was parked outside Gate No.2 of the Zoo, police said.
The victims had been subjected to torture and shot in the head, police said. Police shifted the bodies to Civil Hospital for legal formalities, where they were identified as Maula Bukhsh, 39, and his nephew Bilal, 27.
Police said that both were residents of Old Golimar area. Maula Bukhsh was a labourer while his nephew was unemployed. Both the men had been kidnapped by unknown persons sometime on Wednesday evening, police said.
Body of an unidentified young man was found near Port Qasim on Thursday morning.
Police said the victim had been shot dead by unknown suspects. Police shifted the body to the JPMC for legal formalities. Police were not sure about motive of the killing.
A man who was wounded in an apparent sectarian attack died during treatment on Thursday.
Police said Syed Zahid Ali Jafri, 35, had received injuries when unknown suspects had opened fire at his car in front of the Makro store in Lines Area on Feb 5.
He was admitted to the JPMC where he died during treatment, police said. The victim’s funeral prayer was offered at Korangi Crossing on Thursday evening.