With Commentary.KARACHI, Dec 21: Violence erupted following the killing of a local leader of the Awami National Party in the Saddar area in which a passer-by was killed and a suspected attacker was also shot dead inside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre on Friday, police said.
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They said that during the evening rush hour, assailants riding a motorbike emerged at a teashop near Peshawari Ice Cream in Bohri Bazaar where ANP leader Ramzan Kakar was sitting with his associates. The assailants fired shots at Mr Kakar and tried to escape.
However, the ANP leader’s associates returned fire and bullets hit one of the assailants who fell down from the bike, they added.
Two passers-by were also wounded in the firing and taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment. However, Mr Kakar died before he could be taken to hospital, the police said, adding that the body and the wounded suspect were shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities and treatment.
The victim was a brother of Abdul Bari Kakar who is a senior member of the ANP and also chairman of the All Empress Market Association.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Qasim and Police Constable Tariq Shafiq suffered gunshot wounds near the Empress Market when a police contingent reached the area to control the situation. The wounded policemen were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment.
As the news of the ANP leader’s killing spread, the entire Saddar area reverberated with heavy gunfire and commercial and business concerns shut down within minutes. The firing was so intense that people ran for cover.
A passer-by was also wounded in the firing and was rushed to the Civil Hospital. He died during treatment late in the night. He was identified as Imdad, 30, said a spokesman for the Sindh Police.
Fear and panic gripped the JPMC when a large number of ANP workers reached there and fired into the air. People present at the hospital ran for cover amid firing. A man present in the hospital suffered a gunshot wound.
Police and hospital sources said that the suspected attacker, identified as Abdul Rehman, had been brought to the JPMC’s emergency and accident department with a relatively minor gunshot wound. However, some suspects entered the emergency ward and shot him dead on the hospital bed, said the sources.
She said that a man, identified as Habib, was said to be in a critical condition and admitted in the neurological ward of the JPMC.Paramedic staff and doctors at the JPMC were also forced to take cover in the firing and, according to Dr Simeen Jamali, the official in charge of the emergency and accident department, they had abandoned the hospital.
“He suffered a gunshot wound in the head during firing in the hospital and is critical.”
A heavy contingent of police and Rangers reached the hospital and it was after their arrival that peace was restored and doctors and paramedical staff resumed their duties.
“We have arrested a man who had carried out firing in the hospital and killed the reported attacker,” DIG-South Asif Ajaz Shaikh said, adding that the police recovered two AK-47 assault rifles from his possession.
The police collected 17 spent bullet casings of an AK-47 rifle from the emergency ward of the JPMC.