Karachi: Aamir Shah, the former security
guard of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
and a senior leader of the ruling PPP, was gunned down here,
triggering a fresh wave of violence in Pakistan`s financial
42-year-old Shah, who headed the Peoples Unity Union
of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), was killed by
attackers on motorcycles who opened fire at his white Toyota
Corolla near Kamran Chowrangi in the troubled Gulistan-e-
Jauhar area yesterday.
Shah, who started his political career with the
Peoples` Youth Wing (of the PPP), was Bhutto?s security guard
when she returned to Pakistan in October 2007 to contest the
general elections in the country.
The killing of the senior PPP activist sparked a fresh
wave of violence in Pakistan`s biggest city, claiming as many
as 11 lives over the last 24 hours and leaving scores wounded.
The domestic and international operations of
Pakistan`s national carrier were also badly hit after
employees went on a snap strike to protest and mourn the
killing of Shah.
Shah, who succumbed to his injuries in a private
hospital, was among the party`s senior activists and he had
served at many different posts in his 18 years with the party.
Witnesses said the gunmen intercepted Shah`s car
before shooting the PPP leader and his friend Mairaj Khalid
Karachi chief of police Saud Mirza said the assailants
probably targeted the men shortly after they finished filling
up fuel near Kamran Chowrangi.
He said it was too early to say anything about the
motive behind the attack as the investigation was underway and
details were being gathered.
As the news of the incident spread, agitated PPP
workers reached the hospital seeking the arrest of the people
The fresh wave of violence began after two days of
calm in the metropolis.
Around 16 people were killed and 21 wounded in
violence in Karachi last week after the Mutthaida-e-Qaumi
Movement party called for a strike to protest against remarks
by senior minister of the Sindh cabinet, Zulfiqar Mirza,
against the party leadership and the Urdu speaking population
The situation only improved after Mirza apologised for
his remarks in a video released on all television channels and
was summoned to Islamabad for a dressing down by President
Asif Ali Zardari.
The government had claimed it had dispatched 500
frontier corps paramilitary troops to the country`s financial
hub to assist the police and rangers but so far the FC
personal are yet to be seen in the city.
Earlier in the month, around 100 people were killed
and over 250 wounded in the city, in four days of severe
violence and anarchy.