KARACHI - At least six people including the deputy director of the KMC’s Land Department and vice principal of the KDA School were killed in separate incidents of firing here on Friday.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s Land Department, deputy director Muhammad Ishaq, 55, was shot dead in New Karachi area on Friday evening.
The incident took place near Shafiq Mor where the anti-encroachment team had arrived to clear the encroachment in the area. As the team moved towards the next site after demolishing the first one, the miscreants opened indiscriminate fire on them. A bullet hit Ishaq. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
The team members claimed that they were not provided with the police security. Had the police provide them security, the incident would not have occurred. On the other hand, police officials denied the allegations made against them. “We were not informed by the anti-encroachment team,” said SHO Sajid Javed. “Even they did not arrive there to clear the encroachments with their own force.”
The anti-encroachment drive by the KMC is continued across the City including Saddar, Samanabad, Water Pump, New Karachi, MA Jinnah Road, Khalid Bin Waleed Road, Tariq Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. However, the drive turned violent on its 12th day, as anti-encroachers faced massive resistance in Empress Market area of Saddar.
Authorities vow to continue the anti-encroachment drive in the city. “It is very sad and a surprising incident,” said Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui. “Strict action will be taken against the miscreants and their places are being sealed.” An operation has been launched in the area to arrest the culprits involved. Police officials said they had traced the culprits. “All the persons involved in the incident have been escaped and we are trying to arrest them.” No case has been registered.
Separately, an employee of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Faisal Shahzad, 27, was found dead from Baldia Town locality. SHO Khan Nawaz while quoting the initial investigation said the victim was the resident of Orangi Town. He was kidnapped when he was returning home after visiting his sister in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. Unidentified persons, after kidnapping, shot him dead and later dumped his body.
Abdul Ghaffar Khan, 40, was killed and another Sher Zaman, 35, was wounded when at least four armed men riding two motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on them. The incident took place when they were sitting at a teashop near Old Sabzi Mandi. Police officials said the victim and the injured were hailed from Bajaur Agency. They were labourers by profession. The motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.
Maula Buksh, 40, was found dead inside his home situated in the slum area of Malik Anwar Goth, Gabol Town. SHO Abid Hussain Shah said the victim was a cook by profession. Some unidentified persons stabbed him to death with a knife. Apparently he was killed over personal enmity.
A man was found dead near Jam Sadiq Bridge in Korangi Industrial Area. Police officials said no torture marks were found on his body. The identity of the victim and nature of the death have yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, a youth, who was found dead in Manghopir area on January 26, has been identified as Muhammad Rehan aka Amir. He was identified by his father. Police officials said the victim was the resident of Usmanabad area, Lyari. He was associated with the Lyari Sector of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He was shot dead after kidnapping. His hands and legs were tightened with ropes.
Meanwhile, the vice principal of the KDA School, Professor Syed Azhar Zaidi, who was killed on late Thursday night, was laid to rest on Friday.
The victim, along with his wife, was going home situated in Azizabad area when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him. He was shot at least four times in his chest and died on the spot. His wife Shabana Bibi was also wounded in the attack. She was admitted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors termed her condition out of danger.
The victim was the resident of Ancholi Society. He left behind a widow and three children. The funeral prayer was offered at Imambargah Khairul Ammal, Ancholi Society. Later he was laid to rest at Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.
Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has also condemned the incident and demanded the law enforcers to arrest the culprits. “Gradually, Pakistan is becoming a no-go area for us,” said MWM central leader, Allama Ejaz. “At one-side our people are being targeted and killed on sectarian basis and on the other hand, law enforcers are arresting our people. The security forces should tell which neighbouring country is supporting the criminals in Pakistan for targeting and killing our people.”
On the other hand, police officials have also ruled out the possibility of the extortion, personal enmity and robbing bid behind the incident. Initial investigation suggests that it was an act of sectarian killing because deceased had no personal enmity and it wasn’t the case of robbery,   said SHO Chaudhry Shahid. Police have so far been unable to probe case and also not registered the case till this report was filing.