During the same year, the policewala team chose DSP Nawaz Rhanja, a brilliant police officer as its new target. They ambushed and killed Rhanja near Radio Pakistan office at M.A Jinnah Road during last Ramadan, when he was on his way back after discharging his duty at traditional traweeh prayers at Khalique Dina Hall.
Policewala disclosed that one and half months before the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider, Adeel Bhai asked him to give instructions to all the teams working under him to target the ANP leaders. However, he said he and his team members were not involved in any targeted killings after murder of Raza Haider. Instead, he said, it the was work of Unit and Sector level vigilance committees.
He also disclosed that there are many party “set ups” involved in targeted killings in Karachi. Initially, Shakeel Umer was appointed as in charge of all the teams of target killers, however he got busy in land grabbing, therefore he was set aside by the party high command, and Ajmal Pahari and Saeed Baharm were assigned the said task. They too, he said, got involved in land grabbing and other corrupt activities propelling the party to set up vigilance committees under Unit and Sector level to carry out the task.
Policewala also confessed to killing various activists of ANP and MQM-Haqiqi, a splinter faction of Altaf-Hussein-led MQM in different parts of the city during last two years.
Shariq Nafees alias Sheri, another top-notch target killer, was member of a team of target killers comprising Atif, Irfan, Imran Lamba (who too has been arrested) and Zain, whome were given the task to clear Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of ANP workers.
Sheri confessed before the JIT that they killed various fair-skinned people suspecting them of being Pashtuns in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area as the party high command wanted them to force Pashtun residents and shopkeepers to leave the area.
Good Broast, A fast-food shop near Jauhar roundabout was the sitting place of Sheri and his other teammates. Adnan, an active member of the Gulistan-e-Jauhar sector of the MQM, was responsible for arms supply before any attack, for which they used the codeword of “mission”.
He disclosed that the prime targets of his team was “Pathans”, whom they sprayed with bullets in reaction to any violent incident in the city. Their targets included Nabi Khan, a brother of Naeem Khan, President of electronics market Shah Faisal colony, Haji Aslam Pathan, owner of famous Madina Hardware Gulistan—e-Jauhar, and various bus drivers and conductors.
Sheri revealed that they used to fire indiscriminately on moving buses, which are mostly owned by Pashtuns in retaliation to the killings of any MQM member in the city, near Jauhar roundabout.
Atif Rasheed, 22, a member of Gulistan-e-Jauhar sector of the MQM, was detained by the rangers four months ago on the pointation of already detained target killers. During interrogation, Atif , a resident of Gulshan-e-Jamal, Rashid Minhas road, confessed to killing Fayyaz alias Kala, and Amjad, two activists of Punjabi Pakhtun Ittehda (PPI) on July 13, 2010, near Alladin Park.
He disclosed that he along with his accomplices Shariq, Zain and Imran, resorted to firing on a car near Rabia City apartments Gulistan-e-Jauhar in 2010 killing three ANP activists namely Aamir, Saqib and Fazl Rahim.
Atif confessed that he along with his accomplices used to target watchmen (chowkidars), mostly Pashtuns, of different apartment buildings in Gulistan-e-Jauhar killing and injuring many.
He also confessed to killing Pashtun owner of a hardware shop at Suuny Pride apartments in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after killing of MQM MPA Raza Haider.
Syed Abu Irfan Urfi, an accomplice of Ishtiaq policewala, was detained by the police on the latter’s pointation. A resident of F.C area, Urfi, was considered the right-hand of policewala, and had been part of the “death squad” involved in killings of DSP Nawaz Rahanja and DSP Rahim Bangish.
He disclosed that he was armed with a 9MM pistol and fired 6 bullets on DSP Nawaz Rhanja killing him on the spot, while Ranjha’s driver, who lost his life in that incident, was fired upon by Nauman alias Nomi, another member of the death Squad.
Urfi, had not merely been part of policewala’s “set up”, but also operated separately on the orders of high command. He confessed to killing Munna Hqiqiwala, an active member of the MQM(H) in 2008.
Being an active member of Liaquatabad unit, Urfi had been member of the death squad led by Ishtiaq policewala for last two and a half years, till his arrest.
Maqbool Ahmed alias Maqboola, 43, belonging to MQM-Haqiqi, is the head of a team of target killers comprising Ahmad Kamal, Nadeem Nabi alias Kaloo, and Yaseen Ghouri was arrested by Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on November 15, 2010. The JIT report says that he is involved in murder of MQM (A) in different parts of Karachi.
He joined Mohajir Quami Movement in 1985/86 in Malir sector, and later joined the splinter faction of the party led by Afaq Ahmed, who has been languishing in jail for last 9 years.
During interrogation, Maqboola disclosed that he along with his other accomplices Ejaz Baboo, and Naveed Shah, and Dilawar Khan killed a MQM activists Abdul Aziz in Saudabad area in 2009, while on the instigation of chairman Afaq Ahmed, he injured MQM workers Zafar Urooj and Babar Alam within remits of Model Colony and Saudabad respectively in 2009.
Hr disclosed that he and his other accomplices had been active against MQM(A) activists who either were involved in murders of Haqiqi activists or working against party interests.
Nasir Qadri alias BBC, belonging to outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been involved in killings of Shiites along with his deceased brother Nadeem Ahmed. Nasir, 28 disclosed that he along with his brother Nadeem, Ahmed, who died in 2000, resorted to indiscriminate firing on a Shiite congregation in 1995 when he was only 12 years old, killing and injuring various people.
He said he and his brother resorted to firing on the congregation in retaliation of an attack on his house by Shiite youths in Kashmiri Mohallah, Gulbahar Karachi.
His brother was arrested in that case, however Nasir managed to escape. His brother , Nadeem was released on bail after one and half years, and killed two more Shiites in 1997.
Nasir also confessed to killing along with his accomplice Shoaib, another Shiite, Ayub Naqvi a few years ago at Nazimabad bridge to avenge the death of a SSP worker, Shahzad, who was gunned down 15 days before Ayub’s murder in Peetalwali street.
Mashwar Nawaz, 35, had been acting as Airport sector in charge of the ANP till his arrest on November 22, 2009 by Shah Faisal colony police.
The accused revealed to the JIT that he along with his other accomplices Tahir Khattak, Faisal Asif and Yasir resorted to firing on Mohsin and Ashok alias Tota, two MQM activists in Shah Faisal colony over a wall-chalking dispute.
Mashwar also confessed to killing a MQM activist Rizwan on July 23, 2010 in Shah Faisal colony, besides injuring various MQM and Hazara group activists in different incidents of indiscriminate firing.
Confessions in the investigations held by the JIT clearly point the fingers towards the real culprits. The Target Killers are mere mules which work on the behest of their masters.
The real criminals are those politicians who pose as true leaders in front of the general Public.