SP linked to Karachi operation killed
A senior police official, who participated in the controversial Karachi operation in the mid-90s, was gunned down along with his doctor in Korangi on Monday.
Unidentified assailants opened fire on Superintendent of Police (SP) Shah Mohammad, 50, and Dr Dilshad Ghauri, 55, in Korangi No 3½ near Dilshad Clinic. A police constable, Riaz Jalbani, was also wounded in the attack.
Shah Faisal Range SP Latif Siddiqi told The News that the three men were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where the SP and the doctor succumbed to their injuries.
SP Shah Mohammad was posted at the Central Police Office in the Administration Department and was a resident of Korangi. He regularly visited Dr Ghauri’s clinic as he was suffering from a skin condition called cyanosis.
“The SP was standing outside the clinic with Dr Ghauri after his routine check-up when the attackers on four motorcycles sprayed them with bullets,” the police official said.The police found seven empty casings of a 9mm pistol at the crime scene. “No witnesses have come forward to record their statements so far; many people who were present there claimed that they did not see anything,” Siddiqi added.
The prime witness of the attack is the injured constable, who survived and saw the attackers. “We will learn about the exact details of the attack and some clues to identify the assailants when he [the constable] regains consciousness,” the police official said.
IGP Mushtaq Ali Shah said the martyred SP was an important asset to his force and believed that the murder was another case of target killing.He said Forensic Division experts were also being used to probe the double murder. “Police officials are being targeted as they are acting against the criminals operating in Karachi,” he added.
Additional IG Karachi Akhtar Hasan Khan Gorchani told The News that the double murder appears to be part of the ongoing target killing spree, but the possibility of a personal enmity would be probed as well.
Responding to a query, Gorchani said he had asked other police officials about the murdered SP, informing them that he was receiving threats or asking them for more security, but they replied in the negative. The funeral prayers for the murdered police official would be offered at the Garden Police Headquarters on Tuesday (today).
Who was SP Shah Mohammad?
The slain SP was recruited in the Sindh police during the 80s as an assistant sub-inspector and was posted at various police stations of Karachi, spending most of his career in the Central District.
In 1995, the government announced “Operation Clean-up” due to the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. When the operation started, Shah Mohammad was an inspector posted at the Gulberg police station until 1996 when he killed and arrested several suspects belonging to a political party.(poor reporter is scared of naming criminal gang MQM Altaf)
He was then posted at the Taimuria police station from 1996 to 97, during which he again led a crackdown against alleged criminals.
When the government’s policy changed, he was transferred to interior Sindh. He later returned to Karachi and was posted at various police stations. Currently, he was serving as the SP administration. According to police sources, more than 240 policemen including SPs, DSPs, inspectors, sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors, who participated in the ’90s operation, have been murdered.
Target killing: SP from 1990s’ operation killed
A senior police officer and a doctor accompanying him were gunned down by unidentified attackers in Korangi on Monday evening in an apparent act of targeted killing.
SP Shah Mohammad had taken part in the Karachi operation during the 1990s against a political party(this reporter too is scared of naming terror gang MQM). He was also nominated in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s brother and nephew.
East Zone DIG Captain (retd) Tahir Naveed told The Express Tribune that initial investigations suggest SP Shah was targeted by assailants who did their homework. “His killing may be linked with his participation in the Karachi operation and the FIR registered against him,” he suspected.
In 1995, FIR No. 130/97 under sections 302, 364-A, 109 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered at the Gulberg police station by MQM leader Shoaib Bukhari. SP Shah, who was then an SHO, was nominated in the case along with slain chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party Benazir Bhutto, former Sindh chief minister late Abdullah Shah, former federal interior minister late Maj Gen (retd) Naseerullah Khan Babar and former SHO Rao Anwar and SI Ahmed Shah.
On Monday, 53-year-old SP Shah, who suffered from sinus ailments, was visiting the clinic of his doctor friend, 50-year-old Dilshad Ali Ghauri, in Korangi No. 3, when armed men targeted them. Shah’s driver, PC Mohammad Riaz, was also wounded in the attack.
He used to come here daily, said the compounder at the clinic. “As per their routine, Shah Sahib was going out of the clinic after the checkup and Ghauri Sahib had gone out to see him off. As soon as they went near Shah Sahib’s official jeep, they were fired at.”
Dr Ghauri, a father of four, lived in Korangi No. 5 and was a general physician. He had been running the clinic for the past many years.
“He had no enemies,” said his brother-in-law Mudasir. “Maybe he was punished for treating Shah Sahib.”
SP Shah’s driver Riaz, who was shot twice, told The Express Tribune that at least four young men carried out the attack. “They were not speaking to each other and just casually walked towards us and opened fire,” he said. “Then they crossed the road and went away.”
The police officer was shot at least six times while the doctor suffered four bullets. 9mm pistols were used in the attack.
Shah started his career with the Federal Security Force, a paramilitary force created by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1972. He was posted as the SHO at various police stations in Karachi, including Gulberg, Taimuria and Khwaja Ajmer Nagri. He was recently promoted from DSP to the SP rank via the Departmental Promotion Committee. He was working as the East Zone SP Admin.
SP Shah is survived by his four children and wife. After separation from his first wife about five years ago, he had been living alone in the Cantt area. About two months ago, he married Kaneez Fatima, who also worked at the police department.
As the news about his murder spread, the SP’s wife also arrived at the Jinnah hospital. She twice fell unconscious after seeing her husband’s body.
“We had married only two months ago,” said Fatima. “What type of a city is this where people kill policemen without any fear?”
“He used to say he had many enemies and that he might be killed anytime,” she said. “Today, his fears came true.”
Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Shah also visited the crime scene and told the press that SP Shah was targeted. He also announced a “high-level” investigation of the murder.