KARACHI – Killings continued in blood-soaked Karachi without losing pace on Sunday as did the meetings of PPP and MQM leaders, who said they gathered ‘to work out solutions’ to the law and order problem and help end the bad blood between them.
The meeting came as at least eleven more people lost their lives to the relentless bloodbath, surging up the body count in five-day spate of murders to 90.
Sindh Governor’s House was the venue for Sunday’s joint meet where Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Manzoor Wasan, Local Bodies Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro represented the PPP while Babar Khan Ghauri, Adil Siddiqui, Raza Haroon and Dr Saghir Ahmad participated from the MQM side. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and some other prominent figures of PPP and MQM were also present.
The meeting reportedly discussed the Karachi situation and underlined the need to develop the ‘confidence’ of masses on law and order situation. The meeting also discussed the concerns of the business community of Karachi over their receiving of life threats and extortion slips. It was decided that ‘stern action’ will be taken against the area SHO, if he will not address the complaints of the businessmen.
Interestingly, neither of the parties supported the army deployment in the metropolis as being demanded by the Karachiites.
Sources in the MQM said that after the bitter experience of two months of separation from the government, the party is expected to rejoin Sindh and federal cabinets within a few days. But they said there were certain issues that remain to be resolved in this regard, they said, adding that MQM was interested in the Sindh Home Ministry beside other things.
The MQM had parted ways with the PPP-led coalition due to its reservations regarding elections on two seats of Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly reserved for Karachi. The party has quit the present ruling coalition at least thrice, though its recent spat with the ruling party appeared to be the most severe and certainly the longest one.
Meanwhile, at least eleven more victims fell prey to the current ethnic turmoil. Bodies of the two young men were found dumped in a cemetery in MPR Colony, Orangi Town. The victims Zeeshan Sattar and Faisal Qadeer were cousins and had left their home to buy food for Sehri when unknown assailants abducted them and later dumped their dead bodies after killing them. Police said the victims had no affiliation with any political party, saying it appeared to be case of ethnic violence.
A rickshaw driver named Rustam Faqeer Muhammad was gunned down near Bismillah Hotel in the limits of Pak Colony Police. SHO Shakeel Sherwani said victim was a resident of Rangi Muhalla, Ranchore Line. Deceased was on his way to home when armed men intercepted him and shot him dead. Also in the remits of Pak Colony Police, a body in a gunny bag was found from Lyari Naddi Raxer Lane. The identity of the victim was yet to be ascertained. Police said victim was killed after torture.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a cobbler, Gauhar Zaman, near Qatar Moor, in Orangi Town Police limits. Police said the victim hailed from Bajaur and was a resident of Banaras Chowk. Body of an unidentified man was found from Teen Hattie Bridge in the remits of Super Market Police.
Another decapitated corpse bearing torture marks of a youth was found from Macchar Colony in the jurisdiction of Docks Police.
A PPP activist was shot dead while other injures in Orangi Town. Shoaib, 32, was sitting with his friend Qasim outside his home when unidentified armed men on motorcycle opened fire, injuring both of them. Police shifted them to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) where Shoaib succumbed to his injuries. A man named Adil was shot dead in Orangi Town Sector 7 while he was sitting in front of his home. Police found a body young man in a gunny bag from sector 9-E in the remits of Orangi Town Police. The identity of victim was yet to be ascertained.
A passerby, Saeed Alam, was killed during an armed clash in Bilal Colony within the remits of Korangi Industrial Area Police. Police said victim was the resident of Bengali Para. Miscreants also torched a rickshaw and a car during the clash. Heavy aerial firing was continuing in Bilal Colony.
Two houses were torched in Mahmoodabad area after the armed clash between two drug peddlers. Police and Rangers deployed in Chenesar Goth were unable to stop the violence and arson that continued from Saturday and claimed the lives of two children.