PPP ex-MNA among 15 killed, half a dozen vehicles torched

KARACHI: Violence claimed 15 more lives on Wednesday, including that of a former member of National Assembly (MNA), while some half a dozen vehicles were torched as city’s downtown and surrounding areas changed into a battle ground, where gangsters propelled rockets and hurled hand grenades freely besides engaging in intense exchange of fire.

Former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Waja Karim Dad and his friend Sadruddin Bhai were shot dead, when they were sitting along with other friends at a hotel located near Jamaat Khana Punjabi Club in the remits of Jackson police station.Police said the deceased were breaking their fast when motorcyclists arrived on the spot and opened firing on them. Resultantly, both received bullet injuries and died on the spot.

Dad was elected as a MNA from Lyari twice. He was the founder of PPP in Lyari, and enjoyed closed association with former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Later, unidentified armed men, mounted on a motorcycle, opened indiscriminate firing at a food stall, where people were sitting for Aftari near Achi Qabar Mithadar. Resultantly, 35-year-old Yousaf died on the spot, while six others were injured.Police shifted them to CHK, where two more persons succumbed to their injuries. The incidents added fuel to an already tense situation persisting in Lyari and the surrounding areas, where five bullet-riddled dead bodies were spotted on Wednesday.Five out of seven dead bodies found from different areas during the early hours on Wednesday belonged to Lyari.

Police said that three gunny bag bodies were found from a place near Rehmania Masjid, Tariq Road in the limits of Ferozeabad police station.The deceased were identified as Kamran Behram, 26, and Shahnawaz Maula. Corpse of Bux, 25, and a bullet-riddled dead body of 25-year-old Saqib Abdul Ghani was recovered from PECHS Block II. Police said the deceased were friends and residents of Sango Lane Sarbazi Muhalla.

They went for shopping when unidentified assailants kidnapped them and shot them multiple times. Yet another bullet-riddled corpse of a youth was found from a place near Water Hydrant, Garden. The deceased was identified as Irfan, 23, a resident of Mira Nakka, Lyari. Police said Irfan went missing since Tuesday night when he left home for having dinner with his friends.

A dead body of 24-year-old Nadir, who was shot dead by unidentified culprits, was recovered from a spot near Hashoo Centre in the jurisdiction of Preedy police station.Another bullet-riddled body was found from Korangi Industrial Area. Police registered a case 797/11 against unidentified culprits and shifted the body to morgue after autopsy.A young man was shot dead near Central Jail Usmania Colony in the limits of Jamshed Quarter police station.The victim was identified as Shan, son of Saabir Ali, resident of PIB colony. He was standing at a pan shop situated near Jail Chowrangi, when unidentified armed men targeted him and ran away. Police shifted his body to a nearest private hospital and then moved to CHK for post mortem.

Following unabated target killings, various areas of the city remained tense while in Lyari, where funeral prayers of five victims were offered enraged protesters led by Shahid Rehman, leader of defunct People Amman Committee (PAC), rushed to the Chief Minister House and chanted slogans against raging lawlessness and demanded the arrest of assailants. Despite assurances given by the authorities, Lyari and its suburbs remain tense and miscreants hurled at least a dozen hand grenades and propelled two rockets at Salar compound, Bhimpura and Aqal Bonga compound that left three persons injured.

Heavy gunshots continued in the limits of Nippier and Risala area.Seven persons, including 12-year-old Osha, daughter of Ramji, Dheeraj, 8, Momaiji, 25, Kalpana Peraj, 18, Kaushial Peraj, 40, 80-year-old Deshpar, son of Deol received bullet injuries. Police shifted them to CHK for medical treatment where during treatment Osha, Dheeraj and Deshpal succumbed to their injuries.Police official said the victims and injured belonged to the same family.Unidentified miscreants fired two rockets. Resultantly three vehicles Suzuki Mehran Car bearing registration No ATM-802, a motorcycle and CNG rickshaw were set ablaze. – Dailytimes