Obaidullah Yousafzai ANP Salaar Sindh
Buses of Pukhtoon drivers being burnt
The Salaar of Sindh (Security Chief of ANP) Obaidullah Yousafzai was killed by unknown gunmen near Karachi Airport.
Bushra Gillani, ANP Member Parliament strongly condemned this attack calling it an "targeted attack".
(Media Cell PSF UOM)
There are reports of firing in different areas of Karachi where markets and shops have closed down after ANP’s Obaidullah Yousufzai was shot dead as a result of target killing today afternoon.
In the aftermath of the target killing, at least eight people have been gunned down in the city. At least nine vehicles have been set on fire as violence erupted in different parts of Karachi after the assassination.
Yousufzai was said to be the security in-charge (salaar) of Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh. He along with another person were gunned down in target killing near Star Gate which falls within the Airport Police precinct.
The man killed was a strong candidate for ANP Sindh chairmanship, it is being rumored. It seems like an internal conflict within ANP, said one commentor on the Express Tribune website.
The latest incident of target killing took place around 4.15 pm today when unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle shot and killed Yousufzai and Saleem Akhtar who were sitting in their car. Their bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where a large number of people gathered and chanted slogans against the killing. Aerial firings were reported in parts of the metropolitan city soon after the latest incident of target killing.
Yousufzai worked as a cargo operator with the national airline PIA. He was also a provincial office bearer of the ANP Sindh. Akhtar worked as cashier with PIA.
According to PIA sources, Obaidullah Yousufzai and Saleem Akhtar were sitting in a car when unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on them.
They said that Obaidullah Yousufzai, a cargo operator with the PIA, was also a provincial office bearer of the ANP Sindh. Akhtar was a cashier of PIA.
Meanwhile, a statement on Thursday said that the Sindh Home Minister, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, has condemned the killing of Obaidullah Yousufzai, a provincial office bearer of ANP. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qiam Ali Shah has also condemned the target killing of Obaidullah Yousufzai
He has directed the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) to ensure the arrest of those involved in killing after collection of evidence from the spot and investigation process.
The Home Minister further directed that police, Rangers and Special Branch should determine and implement a strategy for the security of the leaders of political and religious parties.
He also asked the Zonal DIGs, SSPs Towns and SHOs to move in their respective areas and promptly tackle any incident of lawlessness.
Their bodies were later shifted to Jinnah Hospital. Meanwhile, some people resorted to aerial firing outside the hospital’s mortuary.
In the aftermath of the target killing, at least eight people have been killed in in the aftermath of Yousufzai's death. At least nine vehicles were set on fire as violence erupted in different parts of Karachi after the assassination. – APP/Dawn.com
Denouncing the killing of Ubaidullah Yousufzai, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday directed the Karachi Police Chief to arrest the culprits.
In a statement issued today, he ordered law enforcement agencies to maintain strong vigilance on extremist elements.
The Chief Minister also asked CCPO Wasim Ahmed to submit a report regarding the assassination of Yousufzai.
At least seven people were killed and several others wounded as violence erupted in the city after the assassination of senior ANP worker. SAMAA
ANP leader Shahi Syed on Saturday urged his party's activists to keep a close eye on the enemies of Pakhtun community.
His call came hours after unknown gunmen shot dead a senior ANP worker Ubaidullah Yousufzai in Karachi.
Expressing grief at the death of Ubaidullah Yousufzai, Syed said he doesn't want to accuse anyone of killing, but people are aware of the elements, who don't want to see peace in Karachi.
The ANP leader also appealed to ANP workers to maintain calm.
Meanwhile, he demanded the immediate arrest of the killers of Ubaidullah Yousufzai. SAMAA
Police sources told The Express Tribune that the incident took place near Star gate at around 4.15 pm when some gunmen shot and killed Ubaidullah Yousufzai and Saleem Akhtar. The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where a large number of people gathered and chanted slogans against the killers.
According to spokesperson for ANP Yousufzai was security in-charge (Saalar) of their party and was working in Cargo Department of PIA.
In reaction to the killings, some people came out to protest on the streets and set a bus on fire in Sultanabad. Sources in the Fire Brigade department said that the enraged people threatened the rescue staff who rushed to extinguish the fire.
There were also reports of aerial firing at the mortuary and stones being pelted on moving vehicles. Markets and shops have closed down in certain areas.
President Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh Shahi Syed termed the assassination of Ubaidullah Yousuf Zai by unknown assailants in Karachi as ‘a tragedy beyond tolerance’.
“Although we are extremely angry and grieved, we do not want to blame anyone,” he said in a statement issued here by ANP Sindh, adding, we will not be overwhelmed by emotions.
He said everyone knows which elements are behind undermining the peaceful environment of the city.
The statement said that Shahi Syed has appealed the ANP workers to observe patience and keep a vigilant eye on the terrorist elements ‘who are enemies of Pukhtoons and stability of Pakistan’.
He demanded immediate arrest of the elements responsible for the killing of Ubaidullah Yousufzai. (Geo News).