KARACHI - Six people, including MQM and ST men, were killed in separate incidents of target killing on Thursday.

A body was found within the Brigade police limits. Among the victims, Shafiq, 24, a resident of Jut Line was a technician at a private hospital in FB area, who went missing late Wednesday, said SHO Humayun. He was an MQM worker, the SHO said, adding that the bullet-riddled body’s hands were tied with rope.

The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities and later on, was handed over to his family. The incident triggered panic among the residents. All the area shops and markets were closed.According to police, personal enmity might be a motive behind the killing. Separately, an ST activist was shot dead in the PECHS Society of Ferozabad police area. 19-year-old Shahbaz, alias Shahzee, was shot dead by two unknown armed motorcyclists in front of his house. The police reached the site and took the body to JPMC. Another body of ST man was found from Tariq Road. The victim, identified as 28-year-old ArmaghanQadri, was a resident of GulistanJauhar.Reportedly, unidentified people threw the body packed in a gunny bag out of a car and fled.

The body was first shifted to JPMC and then handed over to the family. The killing of ST men drew ire among other workers. Following the murder, the area traders shut down the markets, moreover, aerial firing was also reported in the area. Condemning his party activists’ murders, ST spokesperson Fahim Sheikh demanded the government to arrest the killers.

Separately, Noroz, 28, was shot dead in Nawab Colony. Standing at a bus stop near Qaimkhani Colony, he got attacked by two armed motorcyclists and was killed on the spot. The Mochko police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital. They said that the victim belonged to Waziristan and came there a month ago. Enmity was cited as the motive behind the incident.

In Itihad Colony, two policemen were shot dead when they came under attack by gunmen at a picket.  

In a joint statement, the Muttahida lawmakers called upon the authorities concerned to step up efforts to bring the culprits to book. They said that the MQM was actively working for promoting peace and harmony among different nationalities in the city. They said some elements were targeting the MQM workers to shatter their resolve to promote harmony among different ethnic groups.

They demandeda President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the brutal killings and bring the perpetrators to book. They also extended condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls.