KARACHI - A president of Larkana Press Club (LPC) was wounded in Gulshan-e-Iqbal over offering resistance in a robbing bid here on Saturday.

The incident occurred at their residence in Block 13-C in Gulshan-e-Iqbal within the jurisdictions of Aziz Bhatti police station.

Four assailants entered the residence by cutting off the grill. Babu Iqbal and his brother Shakil Zaidi offered resistance, said DSP Nasir Lodhi. Upon resistance, robbers first beat them and then one of them opened fire. Iqbal was shot once in his shoulder. The robbers fled along with the looted cash and other valuables including jewelry.

The injured LPC president, who is also a senior correspondent at a private news channel, was later shifted to private hospital for treatment where Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal also came and inquired after his health. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and IGP Sindh also took notice of the incident and directed the police officials concerned to arrest the culprits.  the IGP further instructed that those responsible should be brought to book. Khawaja also sought details from the Zonal DIGs regarding the police strategy and steps for the security of journalists in their offices and the field. He also called for further strengthening of the overall security measures.

Meanwhile, the journalist community also staged protest at the Karachi Press Club against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. Moreover, the journalists of Shikarpur also recorded their protest against the attack on Babu Iqbal Babu, president Larkana Press Club in Karachi, during a robbery bid on Saturday.

The journalists of Shikarpur including Shikarpur Press Club president Sultan Rind, general secretary Agha Israr, Abdul Salam Unar, Zahid Noon, Waheed Phulpoto, Abdul Khaliq Soomro, Javed Rahoojo, Sikandar Ali Siddique and others strongly condemned the attack on Babu. They demanded the higher authorities to take notice of the attack and take strict measures to arrest the culprits or else they will expand their protest across the province.

POLICE ARREST EIGHT ACCUSED IN RAIDS

Police on Saturday apprehended eight suspects, including a fake intelligence officer and his guard in separate raids from different parts of the metropolis. According to police, a police party conducted raid on a gambling den in Model Colony area and detained six gamblers. Police also recovered drugs and weapons from their possession during the action. Separately, law enforcement agencies arrested a fake intelligence agency official along with his guard during a raid on their home in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, Block No 4.

The suspect was tracked down with the help of his mobile cell number and phone recording. The security men recovered the firearm from the guard of a private company.

Moreover, the arrested suspects were shifted to an unknown location for further interrogation.

Meanwhile, police on Saturday submitted a challan in an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) against two accused, allegedly belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement in a case of possessing illegal weapons.

In the challan, it was submitted that on identification of accused Syed Azmat Hussain and M Haneef, weapons without licences, which were hidden within the jurisdictions of Paposh police station, were recovered.

The challan says that during investigation, the suspects had also confessed their involvement in target killing including the murder of ASI Phool Zaib Khan. The administrative judge accepted the challan and transferred the case to the ATC-IX for further trial. A case was registered with the Paposh police station.