KARACHI - A Sindh High Court lawyer, associated with the MQM, and two others including Karachi General Secretary of ASWJ were gunned down in separate incidents here on Wednesday.  

Sindh High Court lawyer and a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Legal Aid Committee, was shot dead in broad daylight outside his home in Korangi area.

Ali Hussnain Shah was about to leave in his car when four gunmen riding two motorbikes came and sprayed bullets. He sustained bullet wounds while his brother, standing on the spot, narrowly escaped the attack. Police quoted the witnesses as saying that the assailants veiled their faces with handkerchiefs. Police said two armed assailants completed their swift operation while rest of the two were standing as backup. The assailants managed to flee from the scene. The victim was rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where doctors pronounced him dead.

Scores of MQM workers, sympathisers and his family members were also rushed to the spot. The enraged people chanted slogans against the worst law and order situation and demanded arrest of the culprits involved. They said Shah was killed because he had been looking after the cases of MQM missing workers.

Following the incident, law enforcers collected the evidences and also recorded the eyewitness’s accounts. Police also claimed to have recognised three out of four assailants and trying to arrest the suspects involved.

Police handed the body over to the family after autopsy. The funeral was offered at Imambargah Khayer-ul-Ammal, Ancholi in which a large number of people participated. Later, they also staged protest against the incident and shouted slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies. The victim was later laid to rest at Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard amid extra contingent of law enforcers to avoid any untoward incident. No case has been registered as what the police officials said they were waiting for the family to register the case.

Meanwhile, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Karachi Chapter General Secretary Dr Fayyaz and his driver were gunned down near Paracha Chowk, Shairshah.

Dr Fayyaz, along with his driver namely Arif, was travelling when armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at his car. DSP Majeed Abbas said both the victims were shot multiple times and were taken to Civil Hospital where both of them succumbed to injuries. The officer said one of the two attackers wore helmet. Police have also collected four empty shells of 9mm pistols from the crime scene and initiated further investigation.

This was the third major loss ASWJ have to face within couple of weeks as two other local leaders of the party had been killed in recent past while Karachi party chief Orangzaib Farooqi narrowly escaped the attack.

Sindh CS Hotiana sacked

Agencies add: Sindh government dismissed Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana from his post today (Wednesday) and entrusted his services to the federal government. According to details, the charge was given to Chief Minister’s Inspection team member Subhan Ahmad on temporary basis. Moreover, the appointment of new Chief Secretary Sindh will be made in the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Chief Minister’s Inspection and Enquiry Team, Muzaffar Ali Shujra has said the provincial government is taking urgent steps to bring improvement in the health sector. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said that CM’s inspection team is paying surprise visits to government hospitals in every district and taking strict action against doctors and other staff over any negligence. He said that the Pakistan People’s Party was committed to provide relief to the people on their door-steps and seriously believes in resolving public problems. Shujra further said a campaign against spurious drugs was also underway to bring to justice the culprits involved in this illegal act. He appealed to the people to cooperate with the government to get rid of the menace of fake drugs. The PPP leader said the CM Inspection Team, besides the inspection of hospitals’ stores, was also paying surprise visits to medical stores.

He said that drug inspectors had been ordered to be active, adding legal action will be taken against ghost drug inspectors.