Karachi crime wave on the rise again

(By Faraz Khan) DSP traffic, constable martyred in Karachi’s Azizabad

A deputy superintendent of Traffic Police and police constable were martyred on Friday when unidentified gunmen attacked their car in Karachi’s Azizabad area.

The deceased were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, a police statement said.

DSP Hanif, 56, was on his way to Gulshan-e-Iqbal along with his gunman when armed motorcyclists targeted his vehicle near Shaheed-e-Millat Girls College in Azizabad area.

“The armed assailants fired from the front of the car,” said Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebu. They fired over a dozen times,” he added. The investigators found nearly 18 empty shells from the crime scene. The victims received the bullets in their head and chest.

Before carrying out the attack the militants, who witnesses said were riding on two motorcycles, followed the traffic police officials for some time.

Following the attack, Sindh IGP Allah Dino Khowaja directed the authorities to enhance the security, particularly for the mosques and imambargahs during Friday prayers.

Last month, a traffic police warden was martyred and another critically injured in a firing incident on Karachi’s Abul Hassan Isphani Road. The two traffic police wardens were controlling the traffic near Disco Bakery when armed motorcyclists opened fire at them. The traffic wardens received multiple bullet wounds and were taken to a private hospital where one succumbed to his injuries while the other is said to be in critical critical. The deceased was later identified as Muhammad Khan and the wounded as Kamran.

Traffic police officials are easy targets for militants since they are not usually provided with buleetproof vests and automatic weapons during their duties.  In recent past there have been many attacks on traffic police wardens and officers in the city.