KARACHI: Around a dozen people, including three activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, were killed in different parts of the city on Wednesday, police said.
The officials added that Ghulam Sarwar, 30, and Abdul Ghani, 32, were shot dead by armed men riding a motorbike in Gharibabad, Malir.
The police shifted their bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, said an official at the Khokhrapar police station.
Sarwar was a Muttahida Organising Committee office-bearer of the MQM Unit 2 for the Malir area and Abdul Ghani was an active party worker, the police said.
Following the killings, tension gripped different parts of Malir and all the markets and shops in the area were closed. Only an hour earlier, a resident of Sahibdad Goth, Suleman Baloch, was brought in a car to Millat Garden near Malir Halt, where he was shot dead, the police said, suspecting that the two incidents could be related.
A duty officer of the Saudabad police station said that Suleman Baloch, 40, had been kidnapped before being brought to the place near Malir Halt where he was murdered. The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest, while the killers escaped in their car, he added.
The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities, the official said.
The police said Suleman Baloch was employed at a roadside restaurant.
Two shot dead in N. Nazimabad
An MQM activist and a supporter of the Awami National Party were killed and several others were wounded in separate gun attacks in Block S of North Nazimabad within the span of half an hour, police said.
The MQM activist was killed and his sister was wounded at their residence in Bilalabad, North Nazimabad Block S, police said.
Four armed men riding two motorbikes arrived at their house, police investigators quoted area residents as saying. They added that the armed men barged into the house and opened fire on the two siblings before fleeing.
A duty officer of the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station said that Waheed, 36, and his sister, Ammna, 30, sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Waheed was pronounced dead.
The police said that Waheed was a worker of MQM Unit 175.
SP Gulbahar Division Latif Siddiqui suspected personal enmity as a possible motive for the killing.
Almost half an hour later, a man was killed and several others were wounded in a gun attack on a shop in the same block of North Nazimabad, police said.They added armed men riding a motorbike opened fire on the dabbu shop near Shipowners’ College, leaving Bahadur Husain, 30, dead and Faisal Mujeeb, 30, Jehangir Khan, 20, and Shahid, 18, wounded.
The body and the wounded were shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
The Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan SHO said that Bahadur Husain was supporter of the Awami National Party.
Former policeman killed
An ex-policeman, who was dismissed from service, was gunned down in the trans-Lyari area, officials said.
They added that Sarwar Shah was killed outside his house in a drive-by shooting in Agra Taj Colony within the remit of the Kalri police station.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities. They suspected that he could have been killed by gangsters in Lyari on suspicion of being a police informer though he had been dismissed from service.
Man found shot dead
In the old city area of Ramswami, a man was found shot dead early Wednesday morning, police said.
A duty officer of the Nabi Bakhsh police station said the victim had been shot twice in the head and chest. The body was found near the Pakistani Masjid on Mir Ayub Khan Road, he said.
“The victim looked like a beggar, suffering from polio in one leg,” the officer added.
The police shifted his body to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
Man killed in Dalmia
A 30-year-old man was shot dead on Dalmia Road in a gun attack that police suspected could be a result of drug peddlers’ rivalry.
Obaid Jan Baloch, 30, was shot dead within the remit of the Aziz Bhatti police station.
The police said that the victim was a resident of Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Block 10-A. He used to hang out with a drug peddler in Shanti Nagar. The police suspected that the victim might have been killed by the rival gang of drug peddlers.
The police shifted the body to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Celebratory fire leaves one dead
A man was killed at a wedding ceremony in Orangi Town on Wednesday, police said.
They added that Akram Ashraf, 25, was hit by a bullet during firing at a wedding in Sector 13-C in Bangla Bazaar within the remit of the Pakistan Bazaar police station.