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Karachi, Two Muttahida men gunned down

CORRECTION PAKISTAN UNREST KARACHIKARACHI: Two activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement were shot dead in as many incidents of ‘targeted killings’ in the city on Tuesday, police said.

The latest incidents came as a grim reminder of frequent targeted killing of political workers, fuelling fears of more violence ahead of by-elections on a provincial assembly seat in Orangi that had fallen vacant after the assassination of MQM lawmaker Syed Raza Haider.

In the first incident, armed men on a motorbike spotted a young man near his house in Liaquatabad No. 9 in the early hours of Tuesday. They fired multiple shots at the man, Kaleem Ahmed, who sustained four bullet wounds and died on the spot.

“He was sitting with his friends near Hanifia Masjid near his home in Liaquatabad No. 9,” said Liaquatabad SHO Abid Hussain Shah. “Witnesses told police that the two armed men, who were clad in shirts and trousers escaped on their motorbike.”

He was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors said he suffered bullet wounds in the chest, shoulder and abdomen.

The victim, who was in his late thirties, was associated with the Unit-159 of the MQM’s organisational structure in Liaquatabad.

“The motive and the people behind the fatal attack are not yet clear and it may take time to draw some conclusion,” said an official associated with the investigation section of the Liaquatabad police station. “We have registered a case (FIR 437/10) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against unknown persons on the complaint of the victim’s elder brother, Javed Ahmed.”

In the second incident, the Kharadar police found the bullet-riddled body of a man, said to be associated with the MQM’s elder wing, who went missing on the first day of Eid.

The police believed that Aziz-ur-Rahman, who was hit by five bullets, was kidnapped and later killed before his body was dumped at a desolate place.

“We found the body just after the sunrise, as pointed out by some area people,” said Kharadar SHO Inspector Aurangzeb Khattak. “It’s an area called Maria Street that touches a narrow lane connecting the road to a private school. The body was lying abandoned in that narrow lane.”

The body was later moved to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination where it was recognized by family members as Aziz-ur-Rahman, who was in his late forties. They told the police that the victim went missing on the evening of Eid when he left his Kharadar home to see his in-laws in the Kalri area of Lyari.

“As we assessed he was kidnapped minutes after he left his home and we have reasons to pursue on these lines,” said the area SHO. “His wife was waiting for him at his in-laws place and before leaving his own home he told her over the phone that he was coming. After that call his phone was found switched off despite repeated attempts by the family members. A report regarding his mysterious disappearance had been lodged at the Baghdadi police station.”

The police later registered a case (FIR 581/2010) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the PPC against unknown persons on the complaint of the victim’s younger brother, Muhammad Ikram.

Man shot dead in Pak Colony

Unidentified assailants shot dead a man in the Pak Colony area on Tuesday, police said.

They said that 32-year-old Abdul Razzaq was targeted near his home in Lashari Muhallah in Pak Colony by two armed men riding a motorbike.

He was booked in several cases of extortion, illegal arms and attempt to murder and the police suspected that he was killed as a result of some ‘dispute within a criminal gang’.

“One of the two assailants riding on a motorbike fired at him seconds after he had left his home to reach an area shop,” said Pak Colony SHO Inspector Malik Safdar. “He was hit by multiple bullets and died on the spot. The assailants escaped the scene. The body was later shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination.”

The police said that the victim was enlarged on bail from the Karachi Central Prison last month. He was booked in a number of criminal cases.

“He was arrested twice and released on bail. The murder appears to be a result of some rifts among criminals,” said the area SHO.

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