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2012 marks end with 12 killings

At least 12 people including three women were killed in different incidents of violence across the metropolis on the last day of 2012 here on Monday.
Per reports, two people including a worker of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were killed during the last 24 hours in incidents of violence and bloodshed in Bazata Lines, Saddar. In protest the enraged mob torched two motorcycles and two passenger busses. Later, a heavy contingent of police was deployed in the area to maintain peace in the area.
Saddar police Station House Officer (SHO) Ghulam Nabi was suspended over his alleged failure to maintain a peaceful law and order situation in Bazata Lines.
Meanwhile, Saddar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) told Pakistan Today that some armed gunmen tried to snatch a SMG rifle from a cop of Police Headquarter Saddar and from a guard of advisor of Sindh Chief Minister (CM) upon which he retaliated and killed one of them. The victim was identified as Abdul Sattar and the cop later escaped with weapon.
“Killing of Sattar sparked violence in the area and an organised group of gunmen came out of their houses and resorted to aerial firing,” he said. On early Monday morning, unidentified armed persons killed a teenager Nawazish Ali in Bazata lines which sparked violence in the area.” The enraged people torched two motorcycles and two busses in protest against killing of Nawazish Ali who was active worker of the PPP. In another incident, three women and a man were shot dead and another injured over a family feud in Ayub Goth. Sohrab Goth police SHO Fasih Zaman said some unknown armed assailants sprayed a rickshaw with bullets in Ayub Goth killing three women namely Noreen and her husband Malik Riaz, Samreen and Joji and another man who was identified as Riaz. Another person namely Sheraz was injured in the attack, the SHO said, adding that the reason behind the attack could not be ascertained as yet. Noreen was an ethnic Pakhtun and belonged to Quetta, and police suspect family feud to be the reason behind the killings.
Meanwhile, a security guard was gunned down outside a hosiery factory near Vita Chowrangi within Korangi Industrial Area police precincts. Police claimed that the security guard who was identified as Hassan Jameel s/o Jameel Zaman committed suicide. However, the reason behind his death could not be ascertained as yet. Furthermore, a man was killed and another injured in separate firing incidents at Punjab Chowrangi. Gizri police SHO Imran Zaidi said the victim was identified as Mustaq while the identity of the injured man and reason behind the firing incident could not be ascertained as yet. Separately, a 60-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified armed men near Peoples Chowrangi, North Nazimabad. Police said the victim was identified as Salahuddin s/o Abdul Samad. In addition, another man was shot dead in an incident of sectarian killing in the limits of Iqbal Market Police Station. He was identified as Jawad Hassan. Furthermore, two hand-cuffed, bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from jurisdiction of Pak Colony and Maripur police jurisdiction but the identities of the deceased were yet to be ascertained.
It is important to mention here that incidents of target killing and acts of violence had been rife in the provincial capital with over 1,363 lives lost at the hands of target killers during the past five years.
The deteriorating law and order situation in the city was becoming worse despite regular targeted operations carried out by the Rangers and police.
Meanwhile, the Sindh government had banned pillion riding in Karachi till January 3 (Thursday) due to deteriorating law and order situation in the city. The ban came into effect from 12 am Monday, according to a notification issued by the home department. Senior citizens, journalists, women and personnel of law enforcement agencies had been exempted from the pillion-riding ban. Sources said the ban was also likely to be imposed in Hyderabad and Khairpur cities.

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