KARACHI - PPP lawmakers, elected from Lyari, including Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadis, Javed Nagori, MPA Sania Naz and others blamed the MQM for unrest in Lyari area.

They said MNA Nabil Gabol of MQM sent armed men to Lyari area and of them 8 people were arrested by the police.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, they said the people of Lyari rejected Nabil Gabol, so he, through his party’s armed people, was involved in creating law and order situation and unrest in Lyari.

Nagori praised the role of the DIG South Abdul Khaliq Shaikh and SSP and other officers, who according to him, failed to control the bloodshed and killings by the armed people sent by MQM’s MNA Nabil Gabol.  He said the law enforcement agencies were regularly whisking away young men from Lyari and killing them after torture. He cited that the LEAs arrested two persons Asif Baloch and Akram Baloch on February 11, 2014 from Mosa Lane, Lyari and killed them in fake encounter through extrajudicial killing. He claimed so far 40 men had been arrested who were later killed in the encounters in Lyari just in few months. “We are not against the targeted operation but the LEAs should stop extrajudicial killings.”

The PPP minister and the MPA demanded the higher authorities to initiate judicial probe into the extrajudicial killings in Karachi. They advised the media not to relate Lyari as criminals’ area and avoid using such terminology.

Meanwhile, a large number of people of Lyari, led by a provincial minister of the PPP, also staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club against the extrajudicial killings of innocent men in the strife-hit locality.

4 more succumb to Karachi violence: Four people were shot dead including a Quran tutor in separate violent incidents here on Wednesday.

The targeted killing of Maulvi Jamil-ur-Rehman was occurred at Rashid Minhas Road.

Jamil, 35, son of Ghulam Haider, and a passerby Sahid Zar, 30, were targeted near Saghir Centre. Sahid sustained injuries in the incident. Police officials said Jamil was the resident of Quaid-e-Azam Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He was going to teach his students when at least two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. SHO Malik Ayub said the victim had no affiliation with any religious party.

Muhammad Yaqoob, 40, was shot dead in Block-I in North Nazimabad area. SHO Tariq Mehmood said the victim was a security guard by profession. He was on duty near Imam Clinic when unidentified culprits shot him dead over unexplained reasons.

Kashif Iqbal, 22, was gunned down in Pak Colony Police precincts. Police officials said the victim was sitting outside his residence when a person came and shot him dead apparently over personal enmity. Further investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, a doctor Syed Nabeeluddin, 45, was shot and injured when at least two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at him in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. The incident took place when he was going to his home. There were some reports that the victim was the health officer in Baldia Town, however, DSP Majeed Abbas said the victim was running his clinic in Korangi area. He was shifted with critical injuries to Agha Khan Hospital. The motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.