Eleven people, including a former member of Sindh provincial assembly, were shot dead in different parts of Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in what police suspected were target killings.
60-year-old Malik Ata, a builder and former lawmaker, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne men outside his house in Mehmoodabad area of Karachi yesterday, police were quoted by local media as saying.
Ata was overseeing some construction work outside his house when the assailants sprayed him with bullets, pumping three into his chest and one in his head.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police suspected it was a sectarian attack as the victim belonged to the Ahmedi sect, but were also investigating the angle of personal enmity to ascertain the real motive behind the killing.
Separately, two bullet-riddled bodies were found from Salar Compound. The victims were identified as Nazeer Mengal and Mohammad Jamil Khaskheli, who were kidnapped by unidentified men and later tortured to death, police said, adding the double murder seemed to be a target killing.
Eight more people were gunned down at various places in Karachi yesterday in apparent target killings, local Geo TV reported.