injured and property including the Quaid-e-Azam Academy
building near the mosque, which maintains the Quaid's
historic documents, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
outlet at NIPA roundabout were damaged.
religious scholar Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai was
shot dead while his son, nephew and driver were
injured in an ambush near the Jamia Islamia Binoria
in the city's New Town area on Sunday, police
religious leader's supporters went on a rampage
in which about a dozen people including eight
Karachi bursts into riots:
Mufti Shamzai killed in ambush
(May 30, 2004)
said the attackers riding in cars and on motorcycles
kept firing for some time and then escaped. All four
occupants of the vehicle were injured and were taken
to a private hospital where doctors pronounced the
mufti dead. He was buried at 8:00pm. News of Mufti
Shamzai's death spread like wildfire and most areas
in the city's central and eastern parts were shut
down. Major markets, shopping centres, educational
institutions and government and private establishments
were already closed due to a public holiday.
A provincial government spokesman said around 15,000
policemen and other law enforcement personnel were
deployed in areas affected by violence. "Shia
mosques are being guarded and we may call in the army
if the situation goes out of control," the spokesman
said. However, Inter-Services Public Relations spokesman
Col Mohammad Idrees said so far the civil administration
had not sought the army's assistance. "Police
and Rangers are there and are dealing with the situation
effectively. The civil administration has not called
us so far to intervene," he told .
Police officials said a mob tried to attack a Shia
imambargah on MA Jinnah Road near the scene of the
ambush, but turned away when police started shooting
and fired teargas. Mobs later ransacked shops outside
the Quaid's Mausoleum. Mufti Shamzai's teenage son,
Salimuddin, nephew Rafiuddin and driver, Tayyab, were
said to be out of danger.
Agencies add: Provincial security adviser Aftab Sheikh
also said on Sunday it had been known that Mufti Shamzai's
life was threatened and the government had provided
him bodyguards. "It was a targeted killing and
according to our information about 10 to 12 people
were involved," he said. "It is a continuation
of recent acts of violence and terrorism." He
said a high court judge would hold an inquiry and
offered Rs 2 million for information on
die in blast at Karachi
Imambargah: Two killed in
shooting at blood bank
(May 31, 2004)
least 18 worshippers were killed and over 35 injured
on Monday in what police said was an apparent
suicide bombing at an Imambargah off M.A. Jinnah
Road near Numaish intersection.
number of people were trapped under the debris. After
the blast, people gathered at the Imambargah to remove
the bodies and rescue the injured. Soon after the
explosion, electric supply to the area was switched
off by the KESC and the entire area plunged into darkness.
Rescue workers faced severe hardships in locating
the injured and the dead.
Later, fire-tenders reached the place with floodlights
which accelerated the rescue work. The dead and injured
were taken to the Civil Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate
Medical Centre and Liaquat National Hospital.
When a bomb disposal squad reached the place it was
fired upon by angry people who forced the personnel
to leave their van. Later, the vehicle was set on
fire. Violence soon spread to other parts of the city.
Civil Hospital sources said that five bodies were
brought to the hospital. A sixth body brought to the
hospital was in pieces, they added. JPMC sources said
that four bodies were lying at the hospital while
officials at the LNH reported receiving six bodies.
The bodies were later taken away by relatives. The
identity of the dead could not be ascertained till
late night. Doctors were of the opinion that most
of the injured suffered 30 to 50 per cent burn injuries.
In the suicide bombing at the Hyderi mosque on May
7, on the premises of the Sindh Madressatul Islam,
14 people died and 96 others were injured. The death
toll later rose to 23. City Nazim Naimatullah Khan
termed the explosion a conspiracy to destabilise the
peace in the city and the country.