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Death reigns in Karachi streets
 
 
 

KARACHI – With three clerics among eighteen more falling prey to ongoing wave of violence in Karachi on Thursday, the Sindh government is starting a massive targeted action against terrorists and anti-state elements from Friday (today). Chairing a meeting on law and order, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah called in police reinforcements from other districts to ensure order in the sprawling provincial capital. More police force is on standby and can be called from interior Sindh anytime. Police, Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies have been directed to intensify patrolling, and be proactive and extra vigilant during the crackdown. Qaim Ali Shah instructed that action be taken against saboteurs and criminals regardless of their political, ethnic or sectarian affiliations. The business hub city has witnessed a terrifying surge in targeted and extortion killings, abductions for ransom recently and another clean-up would prove productive only if it does not fizzle out into an anti climax. In the worst incident on Thursday, three cleric of a seminary were shot dead in Jamia Binori Town by unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike. They were heading towards Jamia-e-Dervaishia in a high-roof vehicle when sprayed with bullets. They received bullets and were ferried to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where doctors pronounced them as brought dead. The victims were identified as 50-year-old Mufti Abdul Majeed Dinpuri, 40-year-old Mufti Muhammad Saleh Karwari and 45-year-old Ahssan Ali Shah. CCTV footages show the gunmen were waiting to intercept their car. Scores of seminary students reached the hospital and took away the bodies without completion of medico-legal formalities and ransacked the emergency ward. The defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan condemned the incident and announced a three-day mourning and protest after Friday prayers. Tension simmered when unidentified miscreants resorted to aerial firing in Shah Faisal Colony, Grumandar, Lasbela, Nagan Chowrangi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Orangi Town, and other localities. Later, a Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen worker, Iqbal Maqsood, was killed by a bike-borne armed duo. Participants of his funeral went berserk and torched a bus and resorted to indiscriminate firing that claimed life of a bystander, Muhammad Hanif.Separately, three sack-packed bodies were found in Qaimkhani Colony, Baldia Town. The victims, Sameer (33), Amjad (40) and Irfan (31), were taken captive from Orangi Town on Wednesday. Two more bodies were recovered found Yaro Goth area. The victims were identified as Haroon (40) and Qadir (45). The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for postmortem. Police said they went missing from Balochistan. Another gunny bag body was found form Ghas Mandi area. Identified as Rasool Gul, the victim went missing from Surjani Town three days ago. In Pak Colony area, a bullet-riddled body was recovered by police. The victim was identified as Nawaz Ali, 28. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for autopsy. Another body, riddled with bullets, was found from Askari Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. The body was moved to JPMC for medico-legal formalities. Identification of the victim could not be ascertained till the filing of this report. In Bhains Colony, unidentified gunmen mowed down a man, namely Inam Ali. The body was shifted to JPMC for autopsy. A mutilated body was found near Old Haji Camp. The victim was identified as Nasir Shah. In the remits of Saeedabad police, unidentified gunmen shot dead a cashier of a fuel pump over resistance. Separately, a man wounded in an attack in Hyderi police area post succumbed to his injures on Thursday. The victim was identified as Haris. Meanwhile, police killed an alleged bandit in Metroville SITE area. The bandit was trying to loot a bystander when police reached and killed him in an exchange of fire. Violence has grown in many Karachi neighbourhoods in recent times. During the meeting on Thursday, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah ordered that the areas affected by violence be purged of criminals, terrorists and anti-state elements. He instructed the action be taken against saboteurs and criminals regardless of their political, ethnic or sectarian affiliations. Qaim however warned that no excuse from any police official would be accepted or tolerated. He observed that besides political rivalries, ethnic and sectarian differences, there were disputes between groups of grabbers of government and private lands. He ordered that the anti-enforcement force should also perform their duties effectively. He made all the DIGs responsible for controlling law and order, and hoped that a stringent action would be taken jointly by the security agencies to return normalcy to Karachi. 

 
 
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