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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ex PPP MNA among 12 killed in Karachi attacks

KARACHI : Former MNA and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) senior leader Waja Karim Dad was among 12 people killed by unknown armed men in Kharadar area of Karachi on Tuesday.

Police said Waja was sitting at a restaurant along with friends for Iftar, when unknown gunmen opened fire on him. He sustained critical injuries and breathed his last at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).

Four people, including three women and a child, were killed and several injured as a result of armed clash between two rival groups in Bheempura area of Lyari when they fired rockets and hurled grenades on each other.

The rockets landed at Salar compound, Mengwar Para, Imli compound, Sheetal Daas compound and other nearby buildings near Napier police station in Lyari, a police official told.

The dead an injured were shifted to civil hospital as police confirmed the death of PPP leader.

Soon after the incident, three vehicles were set on fire by miscreants at Pak Colony, Kharadar and near the civil hospital. Severe tense gripped the area where people closed business activities and remained inside their homes.

Lyrai developed tension when five people, mostly youngsters, were found dead today. They left Lyari for Eid shopping yesterday and were kidnapped, Najmi Alam President PPP Karachi division.

Today, hundreds of people, including a large number of women, from the restive Lyari rallied outside the Chief Minister House carrying dead bodies of the young men and chanting slogans against the government.

They staged sit-in outside the CM house, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. However, they ended their protest later when PPP leader and Sindh Information Minister, Sharjeel Memon negotiated with them and held them out assurance to file an FIR within 24 hours.

“They were PPP workers and our assets… stern action will be taken against their murderers,” he assured the angry people from PPP stronghold, Lyari. The dead were later buried in Mewa Shah graveyard.

Lyari is one of the oldest places in the city. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make it one of the most disturbed places in Karachi.

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