KARACHI - Two people including a cop were shot dead over a petty dispute in Clifton area, Karachi on Thursday.

Police said Salman Abro, 17, son of SP Ghulam Sarwar Abro’s son, rushed with his four police guards to the house of Suleman Lashari, son of Sardar Mustafa Lashari, an influential landlord of Lashari Tribe, at Khabayan-e-Shamshair over some dispute.

Abro and Suleman were friends and they had a dispute over some anonymous issue. Abro rushed to the house of Lashari where both of them started firing on each other after some brawl. Followed by an exchange of fire, Suleman, police guard Zaheer Ahmed and a constable Ali Bugti sustained bullet wounds. The victims were transported to hospital where doctors pronounced the death of Suleman, police guard Zaheer while admitted rest of the two with critical bullet wounds.

Investigation SSP Faizullah Karejo said the cause of infighting had yet to be ascertained but it was confirmed that Abro came to the house of Lashari with an intention to fight. He said Abro himself wounded critically as both the parties were sought to kill each other. He explained the dispute had been started just two days ago between the friends while the actual motive has yet to be ascertained.

Police confiscated a double cabin vehicle, 9MM pistol and official weapons being used in the clash. It is pertinent to mention here that SSP Sawar is deputed as a principal at police training centre and he deputed five police personnel at his home for security purpose.

Zeeshan Lashari, brother of Suleman, in his statement to the police said Suleman had taken over Salman while racing at Clifton where both of them were collided and Salman warned Suleman of dire consequences. 

An FIR 235/2014 has been registered by Suleman’s brother Zeeshan at the Darakhshan police station against Salman and his four police guards. 

Meanwhile, two people were killed on sectarian grounds near Muhammadi Chowk in Awami Colony police precincts. Police said Ishtiaq and Attaullah were going in a car when gunmen riding a motorbike targeted them and managed to flee. The victims were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where doctors pronounced their deaths. Police said the incident occurred on sectarian grounds.

Moreover, the police claimed to have shot dead an alleged bandit near Murgi Khana Stop in Quaidabad police precincts. Police said three bandits were looting the commuters in the buses. When police tried to intercept them, an exchange of fire took place in which one bandit was wounded while his accomplices fled from the scene. Police shifted the bandit to hospital where he succumbed to injuries.