2 army men shot dead in Karachi

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Razzak belonged to Naushero Feroze, Khadim was from Dadu

Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—In a horrifying development, a military vehicle was ambushed near a Parking Plaza in the congested Saddar area of Karachi where the raiders killed two soldiers and fled.
The bodies of the two fallen heroes were sent to PNS Shifa for postmortem.
The Director of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Seemi Jamali told reporters that one of the two victims – Abdul Razzak was brought to hospital dead, while the second, Khadim Hussain was critical but could not survive the serious injuries.
Both were shot in the heads and in chest. Razzak belonged to Naushero Feroze, while Khadim was from Dadu —both from Sindh.
This was a new development in the attacks on police or Rangers which have taken place after the search and seize operations. But the army normally keeps away from the humdrum, and comes to the aid of civilian power only when requested in extremely difficult times.
An attack on army double-cabin vehicle by two motorcycle riders was something strange and also scary because this will be an open challenge to the military, and for what?
The army does not involve itself in anything ordinary. Attacking its soldiers in broad daylight will have to be closely scrutinised.
Whether it was the job of ordinary criminals, hardened terrorists, or specialised wings of the militant organisation like Taliban, Al-Qaeda or Daish, whose presence in Karachi has been persistently denied, but recent admissions by Kabul authorities and even by some defence personnel in Karachi that Daish has been located in Karachi, does clang alarm bells.
The Pakistan army has won worldwide acclaim for its Zarb-e-Azb, but simultaneously is cautious of its likely fallout.
Military Police (MPs), the specialised wing of the army dealing with crimes and offences whether by the military personnel or by outsides went into action with ISI to know the truth!
It surveyed the spot and adjoining areas, trying to take help from cameras fitted in the vicinity. But a police officer, Raja Umar Khattab disclosed that empties of none of the six bullets used the attack, could be found from the spot. That would make the investigators’ job difficult.
His statement that 9mm pistols were used, could only surmise if the bullets had been extracted from the bodies.
The attack on the army needs thorough probing, because such attacks cannot be allowed to go unnoticed. Its consequences could be immense to grave.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the incident and instructed the intelligence and security agencies to go to any length to apprehend the perpetrators of the attack. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also took notice of the attack, ordering an immediate investigation.

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