The Sindh government faces backlash after a young engineer was murdered by robbers

The murder of a young engineer by robbers has incited widespread anger among opposition political parties, who criticized the Pakistan Peoples Party government in Sindh and law enforcement agencies for failing to address the rising street crime in the metropolis.

On Saturday evening, 27-year-old Itteqa Moeen, a gold medalist mechanical engineer, was fatally shot by armed robbers who stole his motorbike, cell phone, and cash in Gulshan-i-Iqbal.

Opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Jamaat-i-Islami, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, condemned the killing and demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators. The PTI called for a grand operation against street criminals, while the MQM-P urged the judiciary to take suo motu notice of the frequent killings.

The victim’s family lamented that educated and talented individuals who chose to stay in the country rather than go abroad have been left vulnerable to criminals.

Probe Underway as Murder FIR Lodged

Gulshan-i-Iqbal police have registered a case under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unknown individuals based on a complaint from the victim’s elder brother, Usman Moeen.

Special Investigation Unit (SIU) SSP Adeel Husain told Us that the specialized unit is investigating the case. A spent bullet casing from a 9mm pistol was collected at the crime scene, and investigators have obtained CCTV footage of the incident.

Investigating Officer Rana Shaukat noted that CCTV footage showed the victim had put up “some resistance.”

Meanwhile, SSP-East Dr. Farrukh Raza suspended Gulshan SHO Abdul Rasool Bughio and ordered a departmental inquiry into his failure to control crime.

Victim Laid to Rest

The funeral prayers for the young engineer were held at a local mosque near NIPA, attended by a large number of people, including relatives and politicians.

Ebad Moeen, one of the victim’s brothers, told the media that after completing a degree in mechanical engineering, his brother was pursuing an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration. He added that Itteqa, who was also a Hafiz-i-Quran, was working with a private firm and had gotten married last year. Itteqa had six brothers and one sister.

Ebad Moeen recounted that his brother was returning home when robbers intercepted him near his residence. Despite not offering any resistance, his brother was killed. He expressed regret that young people are being killed by robbers daily, regardless of whether they resist.

Opposition Condemnations

Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, Ali Khursheedi, attended the funeral and criticized the Sindh government for its inaction, noting that around 60 Karachiites had been killed by robbers in recent months. He also questioned the performance of the federal government, suggesting that “the Centre is only interested in collecting taxes from Karachi.”

Senior MQM-P leader Mustafa Kamal later stated that the people of Karachi were being targeted under a conspiracy and called for the judiciary to take suo motu notice of what he termed the “genocide” of Karachi’s residents.

Criticism of Law Enforcement

JI-Karachi chief Munim Zafar, speaking at the funeral, expressed anger over the ongoing killing of youth in street crimes. In the evening, JI chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman visited the residence of the slain engineer to offer condolences to the bereaved family. He criticized the Pakistan Peoples Party for neglecting Karachi over its 16-year rule and questioned the effectiveness of the police, Rangers, and other law enforcement agencies.

PTI’s Stance

PTI-Sindh president Haleem Adil Sheikh blamed the Sindh government for the lawlessness, stating, “Robbers have been killing our children as peace has been destroyed in Karachi because the police have become politicized.” He claimed that the Sindh government had failed to maintain law and order, with the police focusing on detaining PTI workers while robbers roamed freely. He demanded an operation against robbers.

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