KARACHI: Two Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers were found shot dead in different parts of the city on Wednesday morning, police said.
The police added that both the activists were kidnapped in the Kharadar area late Tuesday night.
Mohammad Asif, 30, and Izharul Haq, 32, were workers of MQM Unit 132 of Qasba, Aligarh Colony, the party claimed.
The police said that Asif was found shot dead in Yousaf Goth, Saeedabad. They added that the trussed-up body of Izharul Haq was spotted in Lashari Mohallah of Mauripur.
They said that the bodies were shifted for medico-legal formalities to the Civil Hospital Karachi.
Later, an FIR of Asif’s murder was registered at the Saeedabad police station, while the case of Izharul Haq’s killing was registered at the Mauripur police station.
While MQM chief Altaf Hussain expressed heartfelt condolence over the killings and prayed for the departed souls, the Rabita committee suspected the involvement of Lyari gangs in the killings citing that the incident was aimed at disturbing the city’s peace.
The party claimed that over 200 of their activists lost their lives to targeted killings this year.
Man kills wife, cousin
A man shot dead his wife and cousin in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Wednesday morning, police said.
The police added that the suspect escaped following the killings.
“Zulmee killed his cousin, Shah Wazir, outside his Husain Hazara Goth residence,” said an official of the Gulistan-i-Jauhar police station. He added that the suspect later went into the house and shot dead his 38-year-old wife, Meena, before fleeing.
The official said that the police shifted the bodies to the Abbasi Shaheed Hopsital. Following the post-mortem examination, the bodies were handed over to the victims’ relatives.
The family hailed from Loralai, the police official said, adding that the victims’ relatives had informed the police that they would lodge the FIR following the burial.
Barber held for killing wife, two children
A barber was arrested on Wednesday for killing his wife, daughter and son within the remit of the Malir Cantonment police station.
Police said that Shabbir Husain killed his wife, Kubra Bibi, by hitting her in the head with a blunt object and slitting her throat late Tuesday night. He then killed his six-year-old daughter, Ramsha, and two-year-old son, Abdullah, in the same manner. “As he attempted to kill his 17-year-old daughter, Madiha, she put up resistance and escaped,” an official of the Malir Cantt police station added.
SP Shah Faisal Town Shad Ibne Masih told Dawn that Madiha managed to reach the Malir Cantt post IV and informed military police about the incident. She was rushed to the Combined Military Hospital and army officials informed the area police about the incident.
Police found the body of the suspect’s daughter, Ramsha, lying in a deserted area between Malir Cantt and Zakaria Goth. They later also found the bodies of the suspect’s wife and son.
The police raided Zakaria Goth and arrested Shabbir Husain and his brother Babar Husain on Wednesday morning.
An FIR (190/2010) under Sections 302, 324 and 34 of the PPC were registered at the Malir Cantonment police station on the complaint of surviving daughter, Madiha.
Pistol recovered from housemaids
Police seized a TT pistol and a few thousand rupees found in the possession of two housemaids and arrested them for trying to commit a robbery in an apartment in Bahadurabad.
The police said that Danish alias Maria and Nadia worked as housemaids in the flat of Sobia Shahzad. On Wednesday, they found Sobia alone in the apartment and tried to overpower her by hitting her with a pistol butt in the head. As she cried for help, a watchman on the rooftop and women from the neighbouring apartments gathered outside the locked door of the flat and informed the police.
The police arrived, broke open the door and nabbed the two suspects. They also seized a TT pistol and few thousand rupees were from the possession of the two accused.
An FIR (455/2010) under Section 394 of the PPC was registered on the complaint of Sobia Shahzad and another FIR (456/2010) under Section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance was registered on behalf of the state at the New Town police station.