KARACHI: Panic and fear gripped the entire city on Saturday as fifteen precious lives including Shia men, ASWJ workers and cops fell prey to incessant violence.
In the first incident, three people were killed and four others wounded in an armed attack near Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The incident took place late Friday night when at least six armed men riding on three motorbikes opened indiscriminate firing at Agha Haider Juice Center and One-Ten Fast Foods. At least seven people sustained bullets wounds and were rushed to hospital, where three of them succumbed to injuries and remaining admitted for treatment.
Deceased were identified as Juice Centre's owner, Abdul Wahid, his employees, Nazir Ali and Hussian Ali. Two other employees Tasawar Abbas and Ghulam Nabi were injured, as well as owner of One-Ten Fast Foods, Jawad Haider and his employee, Raees.
Deceased and injured were all related. They lived in Yaqoob Shah Colony in Manghopir where the funeral prayers of Wahid and Nabi were offered while the body of the third victim was kept at the imambargah in Ancholi Society.
According to the law enforcers, all victims belong to the Shia sect. LEAs also ruled out the possibility of extortion, as none of the shop owners received any demand for money; neither did they have any personal enmity. Police have also found more than one dozen empty shells of 9mm pistols and sent them to Forensic division of Sindh police.
In another incident, two brothers, also seminary students were gunned down on Rashid Minhas Road within the jurisdiction of Jauharabad police station.
Police said that deceased brothers were identified as Abid Mavia, 25, and Sajid Mavia, 28, both students of Jamiah Arabia Ahsanul Uloom in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The victims were on their way to the seminary from their house in Shafiqabad area, when armed motorcyclists shot them dead. Following the killings, tension prevailed in the area, and scores of their comrades blocked main Rashid Minhas Road.
They staged a protest and also pelted passing vehicles with stones, shattering their windowpanes. They also set fire to tyres on roads causing massive traffic jams.
Funeral prayers: The funeral prayers of the deceased seminary students were led by Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) Central leader Maulana Aurangzaib Farooqui at Shafiq Mor which was attended by a large number of people.
"Gulshan-e-Iqbal has become a "no-go" area where Ahle Sunnat leaders, scholars, students and common people are being targeted and killed," said ASWJ leader Maulana Farooqui in his address to funeral participants. "The government will be responsible if the situation goes out of control."
Separately, a policeman, identified as Mohsin, 37, son of Syed Sharif was shot dead in Shahnawaz Shar Goth within the precincts of Sacchal police station.
Police said that the cop was killed while he was on duty, providing protection to the team of Sindh Building Control Authority, who went to evacuate land grabbers from the said goth.
The officials also said that armed men among protesters opened fire at the police, forcing cops to use teargas shells to disperse the crowd. Around a dozen suspects have also been detained.
Similarly, two policemen were killed and another wounded in an armed attack in Orangi Town within the precincts of Pirabad locality.
According to details, unidentified armed riders resorted to indiscriminate firing at a police vehicle before fleeing the scene. As a result, head constable Lal Haleem and constable Younus died while another constable Kamran was wounded. Their bodies were taken to hospital for autopsy and medical treatment.
Elsewhere, a ten-month-old baby girl was killed inside her house in Eidu Goth within the vicinity of Bin Qasim police station.
Police said that on being informed by neighbour Imran, police reached the site but the accused had escaped. The victim was taken to the 100-Bed Hospital in Bin Qasim Town but she succumbed to her injuries. Deceased was identified as Sawera.
The infants father Zahid Iqbal Odho, 18, and mother Samina, 16, were married two years ago, and lived in a slum area of Eidu Goth's Rafiq Colony. Her father was a cook, who worked at a bungalow in DHA. Police have arrested the accused from intercity bus stand in the area and booked him for murdering his daughter.
In the remits of Pak Colony, armed men killed an unidentified young man. The body was shifted to the hospital.
Separately, a peanut seller was shot dead in Hyderi. Police said unknown armed assailants killed the victim Syed 40, son of Akhtar over an unexplained reason. The body was shifted to the hospital for autopsy and later handed over to his heirs.
Similarly, a man was shot dead in a firing incident in Saeedabad area. Police said that deceased was apparently killed over offering resistance to robbers; however, further investigations are underway.
Rape case: Meanwhile, a teenager was found dead from Indus Plaza within the vicinity of Sohrab Goth police station.
As per doctors at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Imran, 14, son of Rasheed Mohammad, resident of Al-Asif Square was subjected to rape and died due to blunt force trauma.
SHO Shoaib also confirmed that some unidentified persons raped the teenager before killing him by hitting his head with a sharp object. The case has been registered, while further investigations are underway.
Similarly, a bullet-riddled body of a young man was found dead from Link Road, Gulshan-e-Hadeed within the remits of Shah Latif police station.
As per details, unidentified men kidnapped Iqbal Rafaqat, 30, and subjected him to torture before shooting him multiple times. The motive behind his assassination has not been ascertained yet.
Another unidentified young man was found dead near Lasbela flyover within the limits of Rizvia police station.
SHO Hassan Haider said that deceased was shot multiple times and his hands and legs were tied with a rope. "He was probably killed by gangsters on suspicions of being an informer," the SHO said, adding further investigations were underway.
On the other hand, Rangers claimed that one political party was behind all the killings in the metropolis on Saturday. Rangers' spokesperson said the current spike in sectarian killings in Karachi is a conspiracy to disrupt law and order to achieve ulterior motives, and some leads have already been discovered.
"Shia and Sunni communities are living in harmony but some anti-state elements are trying to create sectarian strife," claimed the spokesperson. "LEAs will soon arrest the culprits behind this conspiracy."
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