KARACHI - A doctor and a political activist were killed in a fresh wave of ethnic and sectarian violence in the metropolis on Saturday.

Dr Jaffar Mohsin Rizvi, 60, son of Dr Syed Baqar Rizvi, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his house in Gulberg Block 12. He was reading a paper when shot at. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where scores of people gathered to give vent to their anger over the killing.

SHO Raja Tariq suspected that Rizvi, who was the owner of Karwan-e-Ahle Abba and a trustee of Ahl-e-Abba imambargah, might have been murdered over sectarian grounds. But his family said he did not have any enmity.

Allama Abbas Komali and Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen chief Maulana Raja Nasir condemned the killing, and demanded the government to penalise those who killed the physician. The funeral procession of Dr Rizvi would be held at Rizvia Imambargah on Monday (today) after Zohrain prayers. No case was registered till the filing of this report. It may be mentioned here that ten doctors were killed in the past year in the city in sectarian violence. Separately, an activist of the MQM, namely Muhammad Aslam alias Achra, son of Abdul Qayyum, was killed, while three other workers, 35-year-old Tahir, Azeem (52) and 35-year-old Ali, sustained gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting in Ram Swami area in the jurisdiction of the Garden Police Station.

According to police officials, four unidentified culprits targeted them from behind while they were sitting on a cemented dais outside Al-Khaleej apartments. They were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where Aslam succumbed to his injures, while the others were stated to be in critical condition. SHO Zahid Hussain said the victims were active workers of MQM’s unit 32, Lyari. Aslam, a resident of Nazia Square, North Karachi, was a KMC inspector and father of eight.

 He had come to his parents place in Usmanabad, where he got killed. No case was registered till the filing of this report.