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Monday, November 4, 2013

Gunmen kill four Shias in Karachi

Dr. Sher Ali Shaheed, General Secretary of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum is at a press conference : File Photo 


Published 2013-11-04 18:29:24

KARACHI: At least four Shia Muslims, including two doctors, were gunned down Monday and three others were injured in different parts of Karachi, police officials said.

A doctor was shot dead in Manghopir neighbourhood in the western district and another was gunned down around noon at Tariq Road in the eastern part of the city.

They were identified by police as Dr Sher Ali * and Dr Naseem Zaidi.

“The killing pattern shows that they were apparently carried out on sectarian grounds,” Javed Alam Odho, the deputy inspector general of police told AFP.

The other two victims were killed in central district when unknown attackers burst into a tailor's shop and opened fire.

The owner and a worker were killed and three others were injured.

“The attack seemed to be on sectarian lines as all of the people inside the shop were Shias,” senior police officer Aamir Farooqi said.

The latest attacks came ahead of the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Muharram, when Shias mourn the seventh century martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of prophet Mohammad, along with his family members.

Shias make up around a fifth of Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Police are already carrying out operations against criminal groups to curb sectarian and political killings. Security would be further tightened in the month of Muharram, they said.

“We are already carrying out the operation against sectarian and other elements and we would certainly intensify our efforts during the coming days,”Odho said.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence

* Dr. Sher Ali : Dr, Sher Ali was secretary general of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum, an organisation representing Hazara diaspora in Karachi. Only few months ago, son of the president of this forum also became victim of the ongoing onslaught of Shias in the city. Dr. Sher was the second general secretary of this organisation shot dead by the militant outfits after Qurban Ali Ajiz.

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