Two Karachi Development Authority officials were gunned down by their subordinate in a attack inside Karachi’s Civic Center Tuesday evening.
KDA Assistant Director Wasim Osmani and KDA Additional Director Wasim Raza were identified as the deceased. The attacker was KDA officer Hafeezul Hasan, who is a grade-8 officer.
Hasan reportedly opened fire at his bosses over a transfer and postings issue. He is injured and in police custody.
According to the police, Hasan opened fire inside the KDA’s land department. Osmani passed away on the way to a hospital, while Raza succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a private hospital.
Rangers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies had reached the spot.
New Tow SHO Safdar Brohi confirmed the firing incident took place. He said Osmani was 54 years old and Raza 53.
He said Hasan was injured and said he is 54 years old. The police are investigating the case further.
What actually happened?
A KDA officer, on the condition of anonymity, narrated the story to SAMAA Digital. He said Hasan was deputed to the KDA Metroville-SITE branch for the last 15 years or so as a clerk, but was working as a superintendent of grade-16.
Recently, when KDA senior officer Raza Muhammad Qaimkhani took charge of the KDA land management director post, he revisited KDA’s policies and made attempts to curb corruption.
Qaimkhani shuffled several officers around who were deputed at the same branch since a long time.
The KDA officer says Hasan was posted back to his old position of a clerk at the Metroville-SITE branch by Qaimkhani after several complaints of corruption were received against him.
The decision, the source said, was recommended by the branch’s additional director Wasim Raza and assistant director Wasim Osmani.
A cousin of Raza – who is also in KDA and works for the Estate and Enforcement Cell – confirmed the attack was linked to Hasan’s recent transfer.
The cousin said that Hasan had approached last week additional director Muhammad Qasim, who is believed to be a blue-eyed officer of Qaimkhani, to get his superintendent position back, but Qasim refused to refer Hasan’s case to the KDA land management director.
The KDA officers confirmed that Hasan entered the room of Osmani on Tuesday and asked him to call Raza to his office for discussion.
After Raza arrived, Hasan reportedly asked others to vacate the room. A superintendent, Imran Shah, who has been working with Osmani for a long time and was sitting in the room, stayed back as Hasan and Shah are both Hazarewals.
Shah had told the police in his initial statement that they were all are sitting in Osmani’s office when Hasan lost his temper and started to speak loudly.
“At that time, I left the room and after a few minutes there were gunshot sounds,” Shah said.