Emeute à Karachi – juin 2010

Violence in Shah Faisal Colony


Friday, June 25, 2010

By By our correspondents


At least 20 shops and three vehicles were burnt after two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists were killed in separate incidents in Shah Faisal Colony on Thursday.

Early Thursday morning, Waqar Ahmad, an activist of MQM Unit No 108, was gunned down in a clash between two groups in Shah Faisal Colony No-4.

Business activities remained suspended in Shah Faisal Colony and its adjoining areas after the funeral of Waqar Ahmed. He was laid to rest at the Shah Faisal Colony Graveyard. Thousands of people, including MQM leaders, workers, victim’s relatives, friends and area people attended the funeral.

Shops and petrol pumps remained closed, while traffic also remained suspended. Some armed men torched four eateries, 15 shops, three motorcycles, one truck and a number of cabins and pushcarts.

They also resorted to aerial firing; as a result, Constable Zulfiqar suffered bullet injuries. Later, heavy contingents of police and Rangers reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

The body of another MQM activist Zeeshan, 25, was also found in a car near Colony Gate in Shah Faisal Colony. It was said that he was on his way to attend Waqar’s funeral when he was killed.

In the meantime, the MQM Coordination Committee has strongly condemned the killing of its workers, according to a statement issued on Thursday.

The committee demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of such killings.

Terming the ongoing target killings a conspiracy to disturb harmony, the committee urged the political parties to play a positive role in restoring peace to Karachi. It demanded that those involved in the killings should be arrested and awarded exemplary punishment.

Also, MQM founder Altaf Hussain expressed heartfelt condolence over the killing of Zeeshan and prayed to the Almighty Allah to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this tragic loss.

Meanwhile, police said that at least 80 activists of different political parties were arrested in separate raids and claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from them.

The raids were conducted in Shah Faisal Colony, Al-Falah, Malir City, Khokhrapar, Lines Area and other parts of the city.

Two MQM workers gunned down in Shah Faisal Town

The Express Tribune

June 25th, 2010.

Tensions ran high in Shah Faisal Colony as two activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were gunned down on Thursday in two separate incidents – both of which occurred in the same area.

One of the workers, 25-year-old Zeeshan alias Shano, son of Moinuddin, was killed at Colony Gate within the jurisdiction of Shah Faisal Colony police station on Thursday afternoon.

Zeeshan worked at MQM’s unit number 105 in Shah Faisal No. 4.

According to the police investigators, Zeeshan was travelling in his car (AEP-542) when some unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at him and escaped from the site.

Zeeshan was shot once in his chest from a distance of 14 metres, said the medico-legal officer at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Earlier, the law and order situation in various parts of the city had already worsened when an MQM activist was shot dead in Shah Faisal Colony No. 4 early Thursday.

Violence erupted in different parts of the city when Waqar alias Teelo, son of Khuda Bukshm was gunned down.

Waqar’s funeral prayers were performed at a mosque in Jama Masjid Hanfia and he was buried at the Azeem Pura graveyard.

Several people took to the streets and torched vehicles, restaurants and even resorted to aerial firing. The areas affected worst by these riots were Shah Faisal No. 1 and No. 4, Azeem Pura, Alfalah, Malir-15 and Millat Town.

A police constable, Zulfiqar, son of Pyara Khan, also sustained bullet injuries in Shah Faisal Colony while he was on duty. Zulfiqar was deployed in the city from Police Headquarters in Malir.

According to the police and eyewitnesses, all shops were closed down in Shah Faisal No. 1 and No. 4, Colony gate, Goli Maar, some parts of Lalu Khait and surrounding areas.

Even though heavy contingents of police have been deployed in the area, the situation remained tensed.

Some rioters even blocked roads by burning tyres and forcing shops to remain closed.

A Shehzore truck (LSA-6406) was also set ablaze by rioters. Kakar and Super Kakar restaurants were burnt and their workers were also injured in the riots. Taj Juice centre, a popular hangout in Shah Faisal Colony was also burnt down.

Six juice vendors were also harassed and their carts were damaged. Rioters also set fire to three motorcycles.

The angry mob at Shah Faisal Colony pelted stones at two passenger buses breaking their windows. Their drivers managed to escape, said an eyewitness.

SP Tanveer Alam insisted that the police have been making all efforts. “We have managed to control the situation in most parts of the city but the situation in some areas still remains tense,” Alam said.

He added that a heavy contingent of the police and Rangers have been sent to Shah Faisal Colony. The police have yet to register an FIR.

After the series of sectarian killings in the city, political killings have also restarted. Parties, such as MQM, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Peoples Party and Jeay Sindh have lost members in the past three days.

Meanwhile an activist of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was also injured by firing. Babu was shot Thursday evening by unidentified armed men near Jinnah Square within the jurisdiction of Saudabad police station. He was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors said that his condition was stable.

Rangers arrest over 70 suspects

Sindh Rangers carried out search operations in different areas of Karachi, including Korangi, Kati Pahar and Surjani Town, on Thursday and arrested over 70 persons. They have been handed over to the relevant police stations for investigations.

The spokesperson for Pakistan Rangers said that the search operation has been designed to rid the city of weapons as well as criminal elements.

Riots in Shah Faisal Colony over killing of MQM activists


Friday, June 25, 2010

Riots erupted in Shah Faisal Colony Thursday over the killing of two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, one of whom was gunned down late Wednesday night, while the other on Thursday afternoon

Police said Zeeshan Moeenuddin alias Shano, 25, was shot dead Thursday at Colony Gate. The victim was an MQM activist of unit 105 in Shah Faisal Colony No 4, the police added

Officials said Moeenuddin was in his car when some unidentified men opened fire on it. The victim was shot in the chest according to the medico-legal officers at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, the officials added.

It is pertinent to mention here that another MQM activist Waqar Khuda Bux alias Teelu was killed Wednesday in Shah Faisal Colony No 4.

In reaction to the murders, riots engulfed Shah Faisal Colony where angry protesters took to the streets. Police and eyewitnesses said shops were closed down in Shah Faisal Colony No 1 and 4, Colony Gate, Golimar, some parts of Lalukhet and other surrounding areas.

A heavy contingent of police and Rangers personnel was deployed in Shah Faisal Colony; however, the situation remained tense and the roads were blocked by burning tyres.

Some unidentified rioters set ablaze several tea shops, more than a dozen roadside stalls, Kakar and Super Kakar restaurants, Taj Juice Centre, .a Shehzore truck and three motorcycles

Employees of several restaurants were also injured and six juice vendors were harassed and their pushcarts damaged. The enraged mob also pelted two passenger buses with stones, damaging their windows; however, eyewitnesses said no one was hurt.

Incidents of aerial firing and torching of vehicles and restaurants were reported in Shah Faisal Colony No 1 and 4, Azeem Pura, Al-Falah, Malir No 15 and Millat Town.

Police constable Zulfiqar Pyare Khan, sent by police headquarters in Malir along with other policemen to control the situation in Shah Faisal Colony, sustained bullet injuries.

SP Tanveer Alam said, “We have managed to bring the law and order situation under control in most parts of the affected areas; however, the situation is still tense in some areas.”

Laid to rest: MQM activist Bux’s funeral prayers were offered at Jamia Masjid Hanfia and the body was laid to rest at the Azeem Pura graveyard

MQM leaders Nishat Muhammad Zia and Nadeem Maqbool; other party leaders, activists and supporters; and friends and family of Bux attended the funeral.


Shah Faisal Colony (Urdu: شاہ فیصل کالونی ) is a neghborhood of Shah Faisal Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Shah Faisal Town and is named after the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

The town is bordered by Malir Town to the northeast, Bin Qasim Town to the east, Korangi Town and Landhi Town to the south, and Faisal Cantonment and Malir Cantonment to the west and northwest. The Malir River forms the southern boundary of the town and the Shahrah-e-Faisal highway forms much of the northern boundary with the Jinnah International Airport at the northern end of the town.

There are several ethnic groups in Shah Faisal Town including Muhajirs, Punjabis, Sindhis, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Pakhtuns, Balochis, Memons, Bohras, Ismailis, etc. Over 99% of the population is Muslim. The population of Shah Faisal Town is estimated to be nearly one million.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 25 juin 2010.

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