KARACHI - A general manager of a mill was shot dead along with his driver in North Nazimabad area while police claimed to have apprehended an alleged target killer later.
According to police, victim Karim Hashwani, belonged to Ismaili community, was associated with a renowned textile mill as a general manager. The incident occurred soon after Hashwani left his home at Ali Garden in North Nazimabad.
Two assailants riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on the victims. Hashwani was shot thrice while his driver was shot at least four times. Hashwani died short after the incident, however, his driver namely Nawaz, 45, succumbed to injuries at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The assailants, however, after targeting the victims tried to flee from the scene but the police officials, deployed near the incident’s site, chased them. They arrested one of the target killers after an exchange of fire while his companion was managed to escape under the cover of fire. It claimed to have recovered one of the pistols from the arrested suspect. The police have also recovered empty shells of the 9mm and TT pistols from the crime scene to send them to the forensic division.
The arrested target killer was later identified as Hashmi. Police said the accused, during initial interrogation, said he arrived here from his hometown Peshawar about three days ago and was staying at the residence of his friend namely Khalid in Sohrab Goth area. SHO Nasir Sami said the mastermind of the attack was Khalid who was involved in the killing of Hashwani. Further investigation was underway.
5,428 CRIMINALS HELD IN CURRENT YEAR
Sindh police, during the current year, have apprehended 5,428 criminals from five most populated cities including Karachi , Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpurkhas and Benazirabad.
These arrests were made during encounters and raids in the five cities as well as special and coordinated anti-criminal measures adopted at highways also resulted in recovery of weapons and ammunition. A detailed report presented to the Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Ghulam Haider Jamali at police headquarters here on Wednesday indicated that 116 criminals were killed in 464 encounters while 330 others were caught red handed. It was further mentioned that Sindh Police and Rangers through a joint strategy managed to eliminate 175 gangs of criminals while 15 patharedars and those extending shelter to them were also arrested. Those apprehended were said to include 450 proclaimed offenders, 2983 absconders, 11 extortionists, five kidnappers, 15 terrorists, three target killers, 1609 robbers/dacoits against whom a head money was announced by the provincial gove.
The weapons recovered during the exercise included G-3 rifle, MP -Fives, SMGs/ Kalashnikovs, shot guns, repeaters, rifles, pistol, revolver/ mousers and bullets. These were cited to be besides three suicide jackets, a rocket launcher, two locally made bombs, 67 hand grenades and two detonators etc.
The IGP said indiscriminate action had to be taken against criminals for restoration of law and order besides elimination of crime and terrorism from all parts of the province. He urged the cops to remain extra vigilant with due stock for self protection in realisation of their professional obligations.
Jamali said intelligence had to be improved in the concerned areas with due provision for patrolling, picketing and random snap-checking.